I love the way you can create a healthy and comforting meal out of the leftovers of another. I have used leftover hot deli chicken to make this soup, but you can also use what’s left of your Sunday roast. You’ll see I have only added in half the vegetables at the beginning – this will give you the flavour, then adding the rest at the end will give you both colour and texture.
- 1 chicken frame with meat
- 2.5L water
- 2 chicken stock pods
- ¾ cup barley
- 1 leek, trimmed and finely sliced
- 1 large carrot, peeled and grated
- 2 stalks celery, finely sliced
- Sea salt and cracked pepper
- ¼ cup parsley, chopped
- Place the chicken frame in a large saucepan and add the water. Simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the frame and set aside until cool. Remove the chicken meat.
- Add the stock pods, barley and half of the leek, carrot and celery. Simmer all together for 20 minutes.
- Return the chicken meat to the pot with the remaining vegetables and simmer a further 10 minutes until the barley is tender. Season to taste and add the parsley just before serving.
Take a look at this smoked ham hock soup recipe here.
About Jo Wilcox
"I have had a love of food my whole life. Lucky for me my mum allowed me to play in the kitchen from the very beginning – from sitting up on the bench watch her peeling peaches for preserving or planning dinner parties from her many Womans Weekly Cookbooks. Starting in my local beach café, I went onto professional cookery training and my big foodie OE working as a professional chef and nanny. At 21 I launched my first restaurant. The following years saw me owning a gourmet cake and dessert shop and then a pasta deli before I discovered the world of food styling. Today I work in food styling making food look beautiful and tasty in packaging and advertising shoots, as well as my most important role yet – Food Editor of New Zealand Woman’s Weekly. I aim to provide great meal solutions that are interesting and approachable, and of course gorgeous foodie photos that make you want to cook them! I love the feedback and the knowledge that people actually cook them and have great results. If I can give someone a love of cooking and enjoying family meal times and gatherings then my job is done!" See www.jowilcox.co.nzmore of this author