Added by mkatafigioti | Tue 13 Dec 2011 @ 15:48
You\'ve got a hang over? The flu maybe? You just don\'t feel well in your stomach? This soup is an actual medicine. If you do it right, there is no way you won\'t feel better after you eat it.
•1 whole chicken, about 3 1/2 lbs• with excess fat trimmed and breast skin removed
•12 cups water
•2 carrots cut in half
•2 celery stalks, cut in half
•1 large onion, peeled and cut in half
•2 bay leaves
5 whole black peppercorns
2 tsp• salt
1/2 cup orzo pasta, or rice
3 eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp• fresh lemon zest
Juice of two lemons, strained
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Add first eight ingredients to a large stockpot. Bring the water to a rapid boil, lower heat to medium low and simmer partially covered for approximately an hour to an hour and a half.
Remove the chicken and vegetables to a bowl and carefully strain the broth through a fine sieve into a large bowl. Return the strained broth to the stockpot and bring to a boil.
Add the orzo pasta and cook, uncovered for approximately 10 – 12 minutes until tender.
While the pasta is cooking, prepare the egg-lemon mixture. Using a whisk beat the eggs until nice and frothy. Add the lemon zest and the lemon juice in a steady stream while continuing to whisk.
When the pasta has finished cooking, turn off the heat. Ladle about two cups of broth into a bowl or large measuring cup. Slowly add the hot broth to the egg-lemon mixture while continuing to whisk. This will temper the eggs and prevent them from curdling once they are added to the hot broth.
Stir the egg-lemon mixture into the pot and heat over very low heat for approximately 5 -10 minutes until heated through. Be careful not to boil the soup once the eggs have been added.
Adjust your seasoning for salt and pepper and add more as desired.
Traditionally, this soup is served without the chicken meat or vegetables. You can add them back or serve on the side as you prefer.