Chicken soup with herbs and root vegetables

Chicken soup with herbs and root vegetables

Scandinavian Comfort Food
Columbus Leth

Chicken soup is pure love, I think. In most cultures chicken soup is what is needed when you are feeling down or just tired, or when you have flu. My chicken soup is a mix of my Scandinavian heritage and a bit of southern Europe, plus the all-important fresh herbs that we use a lot in cooking.


Quantity Ingredient
200g dried white beans, such as cannellini
3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, chopped
300g parsnip, finely diced
300g savoy cabbage, chopped
6 tablespoons chervil leaves, chopped
6 tablespoons parsley leaves, chopped
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

For the stock

Quantity Ingredient
1 chicken
3 bay leaves
2 celery stalks
1 carrot
1 onion, unpeeled
1 green chilli
4 garlic cloves
100g fresh ginger
20g sea salt
1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
3 litres water


  1. The day before making the soup, soak the dried beans in cold water overnight. The next day, drain them and cook in boiling water for 40 minutes until tender, then drain and set aside.
  2. While the beans are cooking, put the chicken and the remaining stock ingredients in a stockpot, bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour. Remove the chicken from the stock and strain the stock. Pour the stock back into the pot and let it simmer until reduced to 2 litres.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a big saucepan and sauté the garlic, then add the parsnip, cabbage and beans and sauté for a few minutes. Add the stock and bring to the boil. Skin the chicken and shred the meat off the bones. Save half the meat for another use, then add the other half to the soup, seasoning to taste with salt and pepper. Add the chervil and parsley and let it simmer for 2 minutes before serving.
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