Here is another very lovely Romanian recipe we got from our sister-in-law’s grandma. And its actually made from a chicken that grew on their very own farm! Awesome, right?
- 1 whole chicken
- 3 liter water
- 1 large onion
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 large carrot
- 100 gram celery root
- large handful of parsley and lovage/lavas
- 1 can of tomato cubes
- about 100 grams of noodles of your choice, you can also use spaghetti or vermicelli
- 1 lemon
- olive oil or any other neutral oil
- pepper and salt to taste
Kitchen equipment needed
- cutting board & chef’s knife
- 2 large pans
- vegetable peeler
Preparation for the chicken broth — 2 hours
If you use fresh chicken, like we did, you have to clean it with cold water. Ours was really fresh, so we needed to boil it in water for a few minutes and then throw out the water and fill the large pan with new water. Bring the new water with the whole chicken, lavas and parsley to a boil. When it starts to boil you turn down the heat and let it simmer as long as possible, but at least an hour. The longer it will simmer, the more flavor the broth will have.
Meanwhile prepare the veggies. PEEL the onion, carrot and celery root. CHOP the onion as fine as you can and chop the carrot and celery into cubes. REMOVE the seeds from the red pepper and chop into cubes as well.
Finishing the traditional Romanian chicken noodle soup — 15 minutes
HEAT oil in the second large pan and saute the chopped onion for about 1 to 2 minutes. Then ADD the cubes of pepper, carrot and celery and saute it a few minutes more on medium heat. POUR the tomatoes from the can into the pan and saute it a few minutes more. Then place the colander on top of the pan and pour the chicken broth into it. This way you can get the beautiful broth straight in the right pan without the chicken bones.
Let the soup simmer some more until the veggies are almost soft enough. BREAK the noodles into pieces, otherwise it will be hard to eat them and add them to the soup. TEAR the meat from the chicken bones into small pieces and also add them to the soup. SEASON the soup with juice of 1 lemon, pepper and salt. In Romania they like this soup to be quite sour, but you can use as much lemon juice as your taste prefers. Garnish with parsley and enjoy!