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San Marino Chicken Fideo Soup


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  • Author: Easy Peasy Recipeasy

Ingredients

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  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced (leaves reserved)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, crushed
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 8 cups low-sodium chicken stock, divided
  • 1 cup Fideo noodles, cooked and drained
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground or freshly grated nutmeg
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to taste
  • Optional Garnish: Fresh parsley and thyme

Instructions

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Saute the onion for 2 minutes until it begins to soften. Add carrots, celery (including leaves), and thyme, and saute for 4 minutes.
  2. Add chicken, salt, pepper, and 4 cups of chicken stock. Partially cover and simmer for 20 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender.
  3. While the soup simmers, cook the Fideo according to package directions in the remaining broth until al dente. Remember to reserve 2 cups of cooking liquid before draining the pasta. Transfer the pasta to a medium bowl, toss with the remaining olive oil, cover, and set aside.
  4. Just before serving, add the cooked Fideo to the Dutch oven. Stir and remove from heat.
  5. Mix in lemon zest, lemon juice, and nutmeg. Adjust the soup’s consistency by adding a bit of the reserved cooking liquid if it’s too thick.
  6. Divide the Fideo among serving bowls and top with the hot soup. Sprinkle freshly grated Parmesan cheese over the soup.
  7. Garnish with additional cracked pepper, fresh parsley, and thyme if desired. Pair this delightful soup with a side of crusty bread and a garden salad for a satisfying meal. Enjoy the flavors!

Notes

Garnishing and Serving Suggestions

  1. Fresh Herbs: Sprinkle some freshly chopped parsley and thyme on top of the soup just before serving to add a pop of color and a burst of fresh herbal flavors.
  2. Citrus Zest: Enhance the aroma and taste of the soup by adding a sprinkle of fresh lemon zest on each bowl. The hint of citrus brightness will uplift the flavors of the dish.
  3. Parmesan Cheese: Top each serving with a generous amount of freshly grated Parmesan cheese. The salty and nutty flavors of the cheese will complement the savory notes of the soup beautifully.
  4. Cracked Pepper: A touch of freshly cracked black pepper on top adds a mild kick and a visually appealing contrast to the soup.

Pairing Suggestions

  • Crusty Bread: Serve the San Marino Chicken Fideo Soup with a side of hot, crusty bread for dipping. The combination of warm soup and crunchy bread is a match made in culinary heaven.
  • Garden Salad: Accompany the soup with a light and fresh garden salad tossed in a zesty vinaigrette. The crispness of the greens will provide a refreshing contrast to the hearty soup.
  • Herbed Butter: Spread some herbed butter on the crusty bread for an extra burst of flavor that complements the richness of the soup.