Fast Recipes

Spring chicken soup

Plenty of vegetables and a light broth make for a replenishing early spring meal.

By Alice Storey
  • Serves 6
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Spring chicken soup


  • 25 ml olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 150 gm speck, finely diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1.5 litres hot chicken stock (6 cups)
  • 1 chicken (about 1.9kg), jointed
  • 200 gm risoni (1 cup)
  • 12 baby carrots (about 1 bunch), trimmed, large ones halved lengthways
  • 20 baby leeks (about 2 bunches), washed and trimmed
  • 150 gm sugarsnap peas, trimmed
  • 2 tbsp flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
  • To serve: crusty white bread (optional)


  • 1
    Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add onion, speck and garlic and sauté until just tender (5-7 minutes). Add chicken stock and 500ml hot water, increase heat to high, bring to the simmer, add chicken, reduce heat to medium and simmer until cooked through (8-10 minutes), then remove with a slotted spoon and set aside to cool slightly. Add risoni and carrots to stock and cook until almost cooked through (3-5 minutes).
  • 2
    Meanwhile, coarsely shred chicken (discard skin and bones) and set aside. Add leeks and peas to pan and cook until just cooked through (1-2 minutes). Return chicken to pan, stir through to heat, season to taste and serve hot scattered with parsley, with crusty white bread.


This recipe is from the September 2010 issue of .