“If you have chicken bones you can make a bone broth,” urged my son Tim.
“Try clear soup like the Macaroni Sopas with Ham, Chicken and Vegetables you always cook. You’ll feel better, ” suggested my younger son, Toby. Both our sons were concerned that the flu bug going around this winter had hit our home. Though my grown sons live away from home they stay in touch daily. They found out I had been feeling under the weather and gave me suggestions for making this classic Filipino soup. They remembered how I took care of them when they were little and I made chicken soup to soothe their ailments.
I knew it was time for me to stir the pot with one of my favorite soups: Macaroni Sopas with Ham, Chicken and Vegetables. This was a Filipino favorite which was so easy to make. I took out the large stockpot, dropped some chicken breasts, added the broth and seasonings. It all just came together. After simmering,I added the pasta, chicken cubes, and threw in some ham pieces and green peas.The aroma of a hearty chicken broth nearly overflowing on the stove warmed up the day. It was the kind of soup that was a soothing elixir. And within seconds of a few slurps, I already felt better.
Macaroni Sopas with Ham, Chicken and Vegetables
- Large stock pot - 10 quarts or 12 quarts; Or a Dutch oven
- 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 whole medium-sized onion sliced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 cup sliced celery about 2 stalks
- 1 cup cubed carrots
- 1 whole cooked carcass of a roast chicken bone-in, with some meat left (from roast chicken leftovers)
- 1/2 pound boneless chicken breasts boneless chicken breasts
- 8 cups organic chicken broth
- 1 cup elbow macaroni pasta
- 3/4 cup cooked ham cut in 1/2-inch cubes
- 3/4 cup frozen green peas
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper powder
- 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley for garnish
- Over medium high heat, in a large, deep stock pot, add the vegetable oil. Saute the onions and garlic for a minute. Add the carrots and celery.Add the whole chicken carcass from leftovers plus the chicken breasts. Braise the breasts for 1 to 2 minutes.Pour the chicken broth and cover. Let the broth come to a boil after a few minutes. Then lower the fire to a slow simmer. Continue cooking for about 40 minutes till chicken breasts are cooked thoroughly.Remove the chicken carcass from the stockpot. If there are slivers of chicken left on the bones, strip them off and add the small meat pieces back to the pot.Once the chicken breasts are cooked completely, remove from stockpot and cut into 1/2-inch sized cubes. Return the cut-up chicken breasts to the potAdd the ham cubes and elbow macaroni. Stir and continue cooking for 8 minutes till the pasta is done.Toss in the frozen green peas. Season with salt and black pepper powder. Stir and simmer for five minutes more till peas are soft. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and serve warm.Cook's comment: Sometimes I use leftovers from store-bought chicken rotisserie for this Macaroni Sopas recipe.
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