For the soup: Place 2 large chicken breasts in a large pot and cover chicken with water. Add the salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and keep at a slow boil for 45 minutes.
- 2 large chicken breasts w/bone
- 2 cups celery
- 1 pounds carrots, peeled and chopped
- 2 cups onions, chopped
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (or 1 tablespoon dried parsley)
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 3 Bay leaves
- 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon paste (like L.B. Jamison's Soup Base)
- Optional add ins:
- 1 tablespoon Vegeta by Podravka (adds flavor)
- 3 parsley roots, peeled and chopped (adds flavor)
- For the Haluska Dumplings:
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup Cream of Wheat
- Place 2 large chicken breasts in a large pot and cover chicken with water. Add the salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and keep it at a slow boil for 45 minutes.
- While the chicken is boiling, dice the onions, carrots, celery and mince the garlic.
- Remove the chicken from the pot, cool slightly and cut into pieces. Strain the broth into a large bowl, to remove any possible small bones. Put the broth back into the pot.
- Add the onions, carrots, celery, garlic and the fresh or dried parsley.
- Add enough water to double the broth, or until the pot is about 3/4 full. Add the Vegeta and the chicken bouillon paste. Lower the heat to a slow boil and cook vegetables over medium low heat for an additional 30 minutes.
- Then add the diced chicken and simmer an additional 15 minutes.
- For the Haluska Dumplings: Lightly beat the eggs and add the Cream of Wheat.
- Add enough water to the pot so it's about 3/4 full (again) and bring to a rolling boil. Drop very small scoops (about 1/2 teaspoon) of dumpling dough into the boiling pot.
- Lower heat to a slow boil and cover with a lid. Cook approximately 20-30 minutes, or until the dumplings are fork tender. The center should be very soft and tender when done.
The dumplings will swell when cooked, so you'll want to start with very small scoops of dough.
I hope you enjoyed my first savory recipe. I sure had a lot of fun bringing it to you! If you have a soup lover in your family, you’ll want to try this recipe. It’s low in calories too, so it’s a good choice if you’re looking for a healthy and delicious soup! Have a wonderful day and see you again soon!