When the weather outside is cold and windy, one of my go to meals is soup. There's nothing like having a nice big bowl of soup while you're curled up on the couch with a good movie. When we had all of that snow a few weeks ago, all I wanted was soup. I wasn't able to go to the grocery store while the snow was really, really falling. I did have a few things in the fridge, so I decided to create this soup. Here we have:
Creamy Chicken Soup with Lemon and Spinach
* 1 quart chicken stock (I use homemade)
* 1 box thingey frozen spinach (maybe 10 oz?)
* 1 1/2 lb of shredded chicken
* the grated peel and juice of 2 lemons
* 2 tbs olive oil
* 4 cloves of garlic, minced
* 3 eggs, beaten
* 1/2 onion, minced
(I had planned to use the broccolini, but then thought it might be a little weird in a soup... I had some spinach in the freezer, so I used that instead)
I started off by sauteing the onion and garlic in the olive oil. Onions and garlic are the base of pretty much every dish I ever make, so no need to switch things up too much.
When the spinach was warmed through and combined thoroughly with the onions, I added in the chicken stock. You could use chicken broth too, but I always have homemade chicken stock in the freezer, so I use that... plus, if I make it myself (it's super easy to make), I know what goes into it so I can guarantee there's no other chemicals and junk in it.
Next, I added in the lemon zest and stirred until everything had come to a gentle boil.
While waiting for the soup to come to a boil, I whisked the eggs in a bowl and added the lemon juice to the egg mixture. I stirred it all together and set it aside until the soup boiled.
I had shredded chicken from earlier in the week when I had roasted a whole chicken for dinner. I just threw that into the soup and turned the temperature down to medium.
Next, it was time to add in the egg. Now, you don't want to add the egg to the hot soup. If you do this, the egg will scramble and you'll have little chunks in your soup. I don't know about you, but I'm not a fan of scrambled egg soup. To avoid this, I took a ladle of the soup and added it to the egg mixture and immediately started mixing it all together. I added in one more ladle full of the soup into the egg and stirred a bit more, just to be safe.