Dr. E's "Get Well" Soup

Total Time:
1 hr 10 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
50 min

Yield:
1 gallon

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 chicken (3 pounds) boned, skinned, and visible fat removed, diced, (save the bones and carcass)
  • Essence, recipe follows
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 4 bay leaves
  • Essence
  • 2 cups assorted chopped fresh vegetables, such as beans, zucchini, yellow squash, or cabbage
  • 1 1/2 cups torn spinach leaves, cleaned and stemmed
  • Pinch crushed red pepper
  • 3 quarts chicken stock
  • 2 cups cooked fine or broad noodles
  • Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
Directions

In a large sauce pot, heat the olive oil. Season the chicken with Essence. When the oil is hot, add the chicken, bones and carcass and saute for about 5 minutes, or until the meat and bones are brown. Add the onions, celery, carrots, green onions, garlic, parsley, basil, and bay leaves. Season with Essence. Saute the vegetables for 4 minutes. Add the chopped vegetables, spinach, and crushed red pepper and saute for 1 minute. Add the stock and bring the liquid to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, uncovered, for about 25 minutes. Add the noodles, bring back to a boil, and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and discard the carcass and loose bones. Reseason with salt and pepper if needed. Ladle the soup in a bowl and garnish with chopped chives.

Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):

Combine all ingredients thoroughly. Yield: 2/3 cup


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