Brrr it’s cold outside. One of the joys of winter is cooking up a big batch of delicious and warming soup on a Sunday afternoon to devour for an evening meal or pack and take to work as a lunchtime treat.

 

And if your office has a cold circulating, this can be a beautiful dish to make up in bulk and take into the office to share and enjoy with your colleagues.

 

What you’ll need:

 

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 large onion diced

4 cloves garlic minced

2 large carrots chopped

1 stick of celery chopped

6 skinless chicken thighs, bone in (or 8 legs)

2 litres chicken stock or broth

1-2 chicken bouillon cubes, crushed (adjust to your tastes)

200 g green beans, chopped in thirds

3/4 cup corn kernels

120 g baby spinach leaves

1/2 quart (litre) of water, as needed

200 g vermicelli or egg noodles (or angel hair pasta)

Salt and pepper, to taste

1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped

 

Method:

 

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook onion for 2 minutes, then add garlic, celery and carrots; cook for 5 minutes.

 

Add the chicken thighs, broth (stock), crushed bouillon, green beans and corn kernels. Top up with water if needed to cover all of the ingredients.

 

Increase heat and bring to a boil for about 4 minutes. Reduce heat, partially cover the pot with a lid, and allow to simmer for 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

 

Transfer chicken to a plate and shred the meat; discard the bones.

 

Add the chicken back into the soup along with the noodles. Cover and cook for 6-8 minutes while occasionally stirring to separate noodles.

 

Stir in the spinach leaves and allow to wilt in the soup (about 3 minutes, pressing leaves into the liquid with the tip of a wooden spoon). Mix parsley through. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Serve warm.

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