So, John was supposed to have a root canal today…lucky him. However, after they got him all numbed up and took out his old filling just to see what was really and truly going on before they started doing whatever it is they do when they do a root canal, they found something odd. Did you know that you can get tooth stones like some people get kidney stones? Me neither. Apparently John has one and it killed the root of one of his lower canines. Instead of getting a root canal today, he has to go back to the dentist tomorrow, and get all numb and drooly again while they dissolve the stone and perform the root canal. Oh well, at least there is plenty of left over soup so he can eat it while I am at work. Tooth stones. So weird.
Being the loving, caring, outrageously thoughtful wife that I am, I had made chicken soup in anticipation of my honey having a seriously sore mouth. I know how much he loves chicken soup and I thought that it would be a tasty but easy thing for him to eat. Plus it was cold today and to add insult to injury it snowed, so I thought that chicken soup would not only feel good on John’s mouth, I also thought that it would be the perfect thing to warm me up.
Global warming, global warming, global warming. It’s killing me, I tell you!
Anyway, after all of the variations on a theme that I have used for this soup over the years, I have settled on one recipe that never fails to make me happy. I start with a big, fat rotisserie chicken (from Costco) which gives a wonderful richness to the broth. The requisite carrots, celery, and onions are added, along with salt, pepper, and some seasonings. The #1 thing that makes this so great, though, is the pound of either orzo or ancini de pepe pasta that is added. The small pasta makes the soup thick and so fun to eat. (Orzo is a rice shaped pasta; ancini de pepe is small round balls of pasta).
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