I am ready to switch gears here. It was quite surprising to me that our love story garnered such interest, but I thank you for hanging in there with me. 🙂 If I ever start a series again by writing in third person about myself, I hope someone smacks me.
With apologies to anyone who is on a diet, I have a recipe for you that I hope you will love. It is so cold, so snowy and blowy that even my children prefer to stay inside. This is the weather for comfort food. I really like brothey soups, but my children, little ingrates, seem to prefer creamy stuff. I decided today is not vegetable soup day (aka one slow spoonful at a time day), but creamy chicken soup day.
Years ago a tea shop served a light, creamy soup with bits of cooked orzo floating in it. When I was eating it, I kept getting a refreshing hint of citrus. I flattered the proprietor into telling me her secret; the recipe was laughably easy. She used canned cream of chicken soup, added a bit of orzo and some orange juice concentrate.
This morning I thought about that soup and decided the time has come to recreate it. It took two tries, but I think I nailed it after experimenting with various ingredients. May I present my very own
Creamy Chicken Soup with Orzo and Orange
You start with:
2 1/2 cups chicken stock or, like I did, 2 1/2 cup water with 1T chicken bouillon
2 T orzo, (which is a pasta shaped like large rice grains)
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 shake paprika
Cook for a few minutes until the orzo is soft at the edges, but not cooked the whole way through. (It will disintegrate if you cook it too soft before you add the rest of the ingredients.)
Mix well with a whisk or in a shaker:
1 3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup flour
Slowly stir into the hot chicken stock until thickened.
Add 1/4 cup finely chopped cooked chicken.
Now for the secret ingredient:
1 T orange juice concentrate
Simmer for a few minutes, and adjust salt to taste. I didn’t add anything at this point except about a tablespoon of dried parsley. This makes about 4 small servings.
Savor with sour dough bread on the side.
Of course, you can always go the easy route like the tea room lady did, and just open a can of Campbell’s or Great Value or Fit and Active if you want.
Here’s to comfort food. May we all survive until the asparagus shoots appear.