Friday was particularly wet and cold, not bone chilling cold but soggy damp and the kind of cold that makes you feel utterly drained. Though I got a wonderful mail delivery with the arrival of Madelyn Alt's The Trouble with Magic. My friend Lisa K sent it to me. I read it years ago and loved it and now I have my own copy! When I came home at lunch time from work, I was in need of something a little more then a sandwich. So I went to the pantry and brought out three items I bought several months ago and decided to create a soup with them. I always stock chicken stock in a carton to make soups faster. I make my own but there is little room in my freezer with a house full of boys so I looked at what I had and decided that I would try to make a soup out of a can of chick peas, a can of black beans and a jar of pesto sauce. Thursday night my freezer decided to give up the ghost, we caught it so I was able to slowly defrost chicken breasts in my fridge.
2 chicken breasts thawed
6 table spoons of classico pesto
2 stalks of celery
1 large carrot
1 lt of Chicken stock (4 cups I added an additional two the next day as the liquid seemed to be absorbed by the chick peas over night)
1 tbsp of olive oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
I started by pre heating my oven to 400 Degrees.
I then put the two chicken breasts into an oven safe dish and put 3 tablespoons of Classico Pesto on each breast and put them in the oven to bake.
I then chopped up my onion, carrot and celery and in a large pot I placed the olive oil and sweated the vegetables for about 5 minutes over medium heat. I opened the chick peas and black beans and drained and strained then rinsed them and added them to the pot. I stirred the peas and beans into the sauteed vegetables and then added my chicken stock. I let it come to a boil then turned it down to simmer while the chicken finished baking in the oven. Once the chicken was done (25 mins in my oven at 400) I chopped it up and added it to the soup. I brought it back up to a boil added Salt and Pepper and then ladled it into my bowl.
A friend brought by the flat bread I enjoyed with my soup and it was amazing. I had the soup again for dinner last night and it was even better, The flavors melded well together and this is a soup I would happily make again.
Thank you for joining me for a cup of tea, a bowl of soup, some southern poetry and a wonderful cozy mystery. I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org