Recipe

Cream of chicken soup with parmesan cheese croûtons

  • 2 hrs 45 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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Ingredients

Cream of chicken soup with parmesan cheese croûtons
  • 1.8 kilogram whole chicken
  • 1 (150g) brown onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 (120g) carrot, coarsely chopped
  • 1 (100g) stalk celery, trimmed, coarsely chopped
  • 8 cup (2l) water
  • 4 cup (1l) chicken stock
  • 40 gram butter
  • 1/3 cup (50g) plain flour
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) pouring cream
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 (150g) french bread stick, cut in 2cm slices
  • 1/2 cup (40g) coarsely grated parmesan cheese

Method

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  • 1
    Place chicken, onion, carrot and celery in large saucepan with water and stock. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer with lid on for 1½ hours. Remove chicken from pan; simmer broth, covered, 30 minutes.
  • 2
    Strain broth through muslin-lined sieve or colander into large heatproof bowl. Set solids aside for another use.
  • 3
    Melt butter in large saucepan. Add flour and stir until mixture bubbles and thickens. Gradually stir in broth and juice; bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer with lid off for about 25 minutes or until thickened slightly.
  • 4
    Remove from heat. Remove and discard skin and bones from chicken; shred meat coarsely. Add chicken and cream to soup; stir over heat, without boiling, until soup is heated through.
  • 5
    Meanwhile, to make parmesan cheese croûtons, preheat grill. Toast bread on one side then turn and sprinkle with cheese. Grill croûtons until cheese browns lightly.
  • 6
    Serve bowls of soup with croûtons; sprinkle with parsley.

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