This recipe is a low-fat, simplified version of the soup I ate as a child. It doesn’t require any chopping or blending, so it’s not labour intensive. The soup is made without any stock cubes so it’s all natural. Enjoy this old classic on a cold rainy day (we’ve had plenty of those recently!) with plenty of black pepper. Don’t forget to garnish generously with parsley.
- 2 chicken legs or 3 thighs without the skin
- 2 medium carrots peeled
- 1 large onion peeled
- 1 leek
- 1 celery stick
- A small bunch of fresh parsley (about 40 g), plus more for garnish
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 allspice berries
- 2/3 tsp turmeric (adds colour and intensifies the flavour)
- 1 level tbsp oarse sea salt, and plenty of black pepper
- About 2 litres of water
- Place the chicken in a large pot and add half the water. Cover and bring to the boil, skimming off the white residue that will form on the surface as it cooks. Add the remaining water and the rest of the ingredients. Lower the heat as soon as it starts bubbling up and then simmer only for about 40 minutes.