The husband is sick, bad cold and laryngitis (peace). My 86-year-old neighbor broke her wrist and the poor thing just wants me around to help. It is also wet and stormy outside. Between the husband, the neighbor and the weather I am ready to commit some sort of crime, but I don’t have the heart so I made soup.


My mom would make this soup all the time when she thought one of us was coming down with something. She always had frozen chicken stock and I followed in her footsteps, except for a few minor changes this is her creation.


2 tablespoons butter
3- 1/2 lb whole chicken
26 oz of chicken stock
26 oz of water
2 zucchini
¼ cup sofrito
Package fresh baby spinach
Fresh: 1 sprig rosemary, 2 thyme, 2 oregano, 4 parsley and 2 bay leaves (tied up with kitchen twine or a bouquet garni).
4 carrots, sliced
5 new potatoes peeled, medium cubes
3 leeks, light green parts sliced
1 medium onion, quartered
2 turnips, peeled, medium cubes
3 corns on the cob cut into 4 pieces each
Juice of one lemon to add to soup before serving.

In large stock pot melt butter, add the leeks until tender then the sofrito, chicken, stock, water, bouquet garni, onion. Bring to a boil then lower heat and simmer for 45 minutes. Remove the chicken and set aside. Take stock and strain pressing on the vegetables to get all the juices.

Return stock to pot at medium heat. Add carrots, potatoes, corn and turnips. Cook until tender then add and zucchini and cook for another 15 minutes. Remove skin from chicken and discard. Remove meat from bones and add to your soup. When plating, add a handful of spinach to plate, pour the hot soup over the spinach and serve. I do this so the spinach will stay bright green.




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  1. Joan Nova says:

    hahahahaha to your first paragraph! Hopefully, that delicious soup calmed everyone down including the cook! I love the addition of corn…it reminds me of sancocho.

  2. bellini says:

    This soup is the epitome of comfort food Norma. We were all sick around here too so this soup would not only delicious but restorative too.

  3. Curacao Kid says:

    Love the addition of spinach and leeks. I’m definitely going to try this next time I make chicken soup!

  4. This looks so comforting–just the kind of soup that heals both with ingredients and love! Nice photos too!

  5. Joanne Ozug says:

    Mmm what a beautiful chicken vegetable soup!

  6. Reeni says:

    I always say chicken soup is good for whatever ails you! Your Mom’s version looks incredible! I bet this made everyone happy.

  7. This looks amazing! Come to think of it, I’m not feeling so great myself…

  8. Mary says:

    This sounds wonderful. It speaks to home and moms and a world much simpler than the one in which we move today. This is the ultimate comfort food. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  9. Nydia says:

    Nothing better than a chicken soup, not only for the person that is not filling well, it’s very good also for the person who is in charge of him.

  10. Chicken soup for the soul. Best wishes for 2012 Norma, I hope all goes well and healing comes in floods. Lots of love

  11. Katie says:

    Even though it’s crazy hot and humid here, I’m dying for a bowl of that soup! I hope hubby feels better soon. By the way, how’s your hand/wrist?

  12. noobcook says:

    your soup looks so wholesome and hearty with so many fresh ingredients, certainly great for recovery.

  13. Erica says:

    My kind of soup!!Rich and comforting!

  14. Joanne says:

    Soup heals all, in my opinion. Or at least makes you feel more in control and peaceful. This sounds super delicious!

  15. Jay says:

    oh my gosh…this looks sooooooooo good & tasty
    Tasty Appetite

  16. Yum! Your soup looks so comforting! Hope everyone is on the mend!

  17. Beautiful Norma! You could heal the whole street with a vat of that soup! 🙂

  18. Delicious, healthy, comforting and warming! It can’t get any better than that.



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