Recipe for chicken minestrone with winter vegetables
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Chicken and an abundance of winter vegetables — celery root, rutabaga, green beans, cauliflower, and kale — make this a deep, flavorful pot. Use leftover cooked chicken, or cook a whole chicken breast in the stock to make the liquid more intense.
|1||whole chicken breast with skin and bone intact or 3 cups cooked, shredded chicken|
|3||quarts chicken stock|
|1||large onion, coarsely chopped|
|3||carrots, cut into ½-inch dice|
|3||stalks celery, coarsely chopped|
|1||small celery root (celeriac), cut into ½-inch dice|
|1||small rutabaga, cut into ½-inch dice|
|Salt and pepper, to taste|
|2||handfuls green beans, trimmed and cut into ¾-inch pieces|
|1||small head cauliflower, cut into bite-size florets|
|1||can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, drained|
|1||small bunch kale, stemmed and cut into 1-inch pieces|
1. If using uncooked chicken in a large soup pot, place the chicken breast skin side up and add the stock. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat, cover the pot, and rest for 15 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate to cool. Discard the skin and bones, and shred the meat.
2. Add the onion, carrots, stalk celery, celery root, rutabaga, salt, and pepper to the stock. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 12 minutes. Add the green beans, cauliflower, and cannellini beans. Simmer for 8 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
3. Stir in the kale and chicken. Simmer for 3 minutes, until the chicken is hot and the kale wilts. Taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper, if you like. Sally Pasley Vargas