Friday, January 2, 2015

Basque Old Fashion Chicken Vegetable Soup

Prep : 25 minutes Cook: 2-1/4 hours + cooling                         Makes 10 to 12 servings

1           broiler / fryer chicken (2 to 3 pounds)
8           cups water

1            small cabbage ,  chopped
2           medium leeks , sliced
2           medium carrots , sliced
1           large turnip , peeled and cubed
1           large onion , chopped
1           large potato , peeled and cubed
1           garlic clove , minced
1-1/2     teaspoon salt
1/2        teaspoon pepper
1          tablespoon minced fresh parsley
1          teaspoon dried thyme
3/4       pound Polish sausage links
2          navy beans , rinsed and drained

1 . In Dutch oven , slowly bring chicken and water to a boil ; skim foam . Reduce heat ; cover and simmer for 45 to 60 minutes or until tender . Remove chicken ; set aside until cool enough to handle .

2. Strain broth and skim fat . Return broth to Dutch oven . Add the leeks , carrots , turnip , onion , potato , garlic , salt , pepper , parsley and thyme . Bring to a boil . Reduce the heat ; cover and simmer for 30 minutes .

3. In a large skillet , cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink . Drain on paper towels ; set aside .

4 . Meanwhile , remove chicken from bones and skin . Cut chicken into bite-size pieces ; add to pan . Add beans , cabbage and cooked sausage . Simmer uncovered for 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender . Stir in tomato sauce , heat through .

This is a hearty soup offered in many restaurants specializing in Basque cuisine . It's a nice way to use the vegetables that are available in the fall .


  1. Good afternoon Nee,
    Excellent recipe for this Basque Old Fashioned Chicken Vegetable Soup! Boy, I could use a bowl of this soup right now. It is really cold here and this hearty soup would really hit the spot. Lots of veggies, chicken, sausage, and beans. A wonderful group of ingredients. I love soups and now in January this is the time to have that bowl or cup ready for something hot to warm your bones. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe. Have to try this one. Have a weekend to remember dear friend!
    Dottie :)

    1. Good evening Dottie , It cold here also but not as cold as it is up there . I keep a pot of soup on the stove , especially when the kids are in school , they need something warm in their tummies . Thanks for stopping by and a great weekend to you dear friend .Keep warm and safe . ~Nee~ ;-D

  2. This sounds wonderful! So - Twelfth Night is Monday. Let me know what you do for that time.

    1. Hi Nellie , The soup s a delicious dish ... I like the idea that you mix your own ingredients to suit your taste . Hubby's aunt it the one that keeps us abreast of the Italian tradition , so I will let you know , it's very interesting . Thanks for stopping by ~Nee~ ;-D

  3. Hi Nee,
    This is such a delicious looking soup! We are having a rainy season right now, and I am having a flu, so this bowl of soup would be welcome indeed!
    Happy New Year!

    1. Hi Joyce , So sorry to hear you have the flu , eat lots of soups and drink lots of liquids and hope you will be on your feet in no time . Thank you for stopping by and feel better OK . Nee ;-D

  4. Hi Nee,

    Happy 2015! Hope that you had a wonderful holiday :D

    This is a great soup to warm up your tummy and kick start the year :D Cheers!!!


    1. Hi Zoe , always keep a pot of soup on the back burner of the store in this weather . Thanks for stopping by Nee ;-D

  5. dear Nee, I have been eating chicken soup for a few days now. It seems that everyone has had a cold and cough. It really is soothing and good.
    I love all the veggies in your soup and the Polish sausage is wonderful in soup.
    It really does make you feel comforted and better.
    Happy New Year again dear Nee. xoxo Catherine

    1. Dear Catherine ,
      Soup , liquids and rest is what you need , Mother Nature don't seem to make up her mind so she just keep throwing everything at us ... hang in there it will get better . Thanks for stopping by > Nee ;-D

  6. Doesn't look like the right picture for this soup. After adding tomato sauce wouldn't it look a bit red? Also down in the instructions it says to add the cabbage but no where in the ingredients does it say anything about cabbage?? However it does sound good.

  7. Anonymous , right picture , made it a little different this time , left out the tomato sauce and added the cabbage .
    Next time leave your name and not hide behind anonymous , I checked my stats and know where you are from .
    thanks for pointing it out , . Nee

    1. I didn't intentionally leave my name out, wasn't hiding from anything! Was a mistake but what difference does it really make?

    2. Anonymous ,
      I just like to know who visits me so I can visit them in return , I was please you notice it , I corrected the dish .
      May you visit again ...thanks Nee


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