Easy fall lunch recipe: roasted veggie and chicken soup

Easy fall lunch recipe: roasted veggie and chicken soup

A good meal, a bit of respite, and a moment to take a breather are not only supremely healthful and thoroughly enjoyable, but they help remind us of our own humanity. As Emperor Nero remarked of the Domus Aurea, his notorious gilded palace, “Finally, a dwelling worthy of a human being,” so too should we set aside moments worthy of our humanity.

I found myself relating to this very subject late yesterday afternoon. The previous night I was bound by the invisible chains of responsibility to my keyboard, and was kept there well past the indecent hours of the early morning, which was followed by the less-than-pleasant sleep that one invariably finds at that hour. Needless to say, the busy day that followed did little for the situation. After finishing the day’s work, I found myself seated in my favorite antique chair beside my bay window. Accompanied by an over-sized book and a cup of tea, it was a moment worth savoring as the stress melted away. An hour later, I had barely turned a page, having instead let my mind wander like a specter up and down the tired river that criss-crosses the New English scenery of the small bit of world beyond the window.

In that mildly sentimental moment, I was tempted to end the day with a quick bite, and turn in for the rest I so needed. However, I couldn’t help thinking about what would pair absolutely perfectly with that moment beside the window with my book and my tea. Would I let this simple pleasure go unattained? Of course not.

I thought of the usual classics in such situations: pasta topped with garlic, olive oil, and blistered tomatoes, or perhaps a chef’s omelet. Yet, I wanted something slightly warmer, a dish more apropos for the onset of autumn.

I also wanted something that would allow me to have copious amounts of money-saving leftovers for the next few days, which would, assuredly, be just as busy. Save time, and have something delicious. A simply unbeatable combination.

Of course, chicken noodle soup was the answer to the quandary, with just a few signature Living the Gourmet tweaks: a chicken noodle soup with beans and marinated roasted veggies.

Roasted veggie and chicken soup in a bowl

To start, I prepared a butter rub as shown below, and applied that to the chicken. I then marinated an assortment of autumn vegetables in olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and dried oregano, and baked the vegetables on a baking sheet. Meanwhile, I roasted the chicken in a sauce pot. After this was done, I removed the chicken from the pot, and then added in the chopped vegetables, water, and seasonings and let this simmer to create a delicious broth. Meanwhile, I shredded the chicken, then added that to the pot with cannelloni beans. Once all of that’s done, it’s time for the noodles. That said, you can use whatever your favorite noodles are, though I do prefer something hardy and substantial for this soup.

Once that’s finished, serve the soup over the noodles, and garnish with fresh basil and parsley. Top it with a drizzle of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon, and some Parmesan, and you’re done.

Roasted veggie and chicken soup

  • Yields 4-6 servings
  • 15 minutes prep time
  • 1 hour, 30 minutes cook time
  • 1 hour, 45 minutes total time

Ingredients

Ingredients for roasted veggie and chicken soup
  • 3 lb. chicken – whole
  • 15.5 oz. can of cannellini beans – drained and rinsed
  • 1 lb. of your favorite noodles
  • Romano or Parmesan cheese for grating

 

For the rub (under the chicken skin):

  • 10 fresh basil leaves – chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh Italian parsley – chopped
  • 3 tbs. olive oil
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. dried oregano
  • Fresh nutmeg for grating

 

Butter rub for the chicken:

  • 4 tbs. butter – softened
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. dried oregano
  • Fresh nutmeg for grating

 

Roasted veggies for the soup:

  • 2 large carrots – cleaned and cut into fourths
  • 1 large sweet onion – sliced
  • 1 yellow squash – peeled and quartered
  • 4 celery stalks – cut into fourths
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic – in the skin
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes

 

Marinade for the veggies:

  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 4 tbs. olive oil
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano

Instructions

Roasting chicken

For the roasted chicken and rub under the skin:

  1. Combine the chopped parsley, basil, olive oil, salt, pepper, dried oregano, and few gratings of fresh nutmeg together in a small bowl and mix.
  2. Gently lift the chicken skin and stuff the mixture under the skin.

 

Butter rub for the chicken:

  1. In a small bowl combine the softened butter, salt, pepper, dried oregano and a few gratings of fresh nutmeg and rub all over the chicken.
  2. Place the chicken in a heavy sauce pot (preferably cast iron) and add a cup of water to the bottom of the pot.
  3. Roast the chicken at 400 degrees for approximately 1 ½ to 1 ¾ hours or until the juices run clear and the skin is a beautiful golden color.

 

For the roasted veggies and soup:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Combine all of the ingredients for the marinade; add the veggies and toss until the veggies are coated. Place the veggies on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake 25-30 minutes until a slight char is achieved.
  4. When chicken is cooked remove from the pot for carving, leaving the broth at the bottom. This is the base for the soup.
  5. Pinch the garlic from its skin and place with the roasted veggies in the broth at the bottom of the pot. Add 3 cups of water to the pot.
  6. Add ½ tsp. each of salt, pepper and dried oregano and a little freshly grated nutmeg to the soup.
  7. Carve the chicken, reserving 2 cups of shredded chicken for the soup.
  8. Add the shredded chicken and the cannellini beans and gently simmer the soup for 25-30 minutes.
  9. Prepare the noodles as directed and drain.
  10. Prepare each soup bowl with a handful of noodles topped by the chicken soup.
  11. Garnish with chopped fresh basil and parsley, a drizzle of olive oil, a gentle squeeze of fresh lemon juice and freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese and ground black pepper.
  12. Serve the soup with fresh crostini. Enjoy with love – and don’t forget to check out other delicious recipes like this easy workday Italian quinoa salad bowl!