Monday, January 16, 2012

Cozy Sunday Supper

Yesterday was a great day in our household! The Giant’s won an amazing football game and the house smelled delicious as dinner simmered on the burner.

I had made a huge pot of chicken noodle soup and the aroma added to the cozy feeling of sitting around the TV watching a game on a cold afternoon. My chicken soup is a semi-homemade, cheater’s special. It’s really all about shopping for the high quality, prepared, gluten-free ingredients and throwing them all together in a pot.

Many stores do all the vegetable chopping for the consumer and sell a ready to go “mirepoix.” A mirepoix is the combination of carrot, onion and celery that form the base of the stock. I got a nice carmelization going as I softened them with a little olive oil and then added gluten-free chicken broth. Two of my kids tend to pick out the vegetables if I leave them in chunks. I scooped the vegetables out, put them in my blender with a little stock, hit puree, and then add it right back in to my soup.

I also added some organic thyme that I had dried from my summer CSA share, a little salt and a lot of pepper. I cheated again and chopped up the breast meat from a rotisserie chicken that I picked up and simmered the soup on low for hours.

I had found a box of Schar pasta shaped like little O’s and I added those just a few minutes before serving to cook and plump up. They were the perfect addition to my soup and the noodle held up well as it sat there before we had seconds.

I had purchased rolls and cold cuts for sandwiches to accompany the soup, so our Sunday supper was complete.

What I love is that I no longer have to make two batches of everything anymore. I used to do a noodle soup and a rice soup because 15 years ago, I did not have a gluten-free pasta option that held up in a soup. Now, there are more product options than ever before and there is always a gluten-free solution to a dish.

The Giants play the late game again next week, so I am thinking about a crock pot of meatballs and sausage that can simmer away and make the house smell good! Another cozy supper and hopefully another win to take them to the Superbowl!

Kendall Egan

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