Cockaleekie soup

    Cockaleekie soup

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    3hr30min


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    About this recipe: Cock-a-leekie soup is a filling winter soup made with barley, chicken and lots of leeks. My version adds a pinch of cloves which I feel lifts the flavour. Serve with plenty of crusty bread.

    Ingredients
    Serves: 12 

    • 4.8L water
    • 1 (1.5kg) whole chicken
    • 1/2 onion, chopped
    • 2 large carrots, chopped
    • 2 sticks celery, chopped
    • 6 leeks, cut into 2cm slices
    • 125g pearl barley
    • 1 teaspoon celery seed
    • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

    Method
    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:3hr  ›  Ready in:3hr30min 

    1. Bring water to the boil in a large stock pot; cook chicken in the boiling water until fully cooked, about 1 hour. Remove chicken, keeping water in stock pot and cool; discard skin, pull meat from bones and put bones back into water for stock. Add onion, carrots and celery to water and boil, about 1 hour.
    2. Soak leeks in a bowl of water, about 10 minutes; drain.
    3. Remove bones and vegetables from stock using a slotted spoon. Add chicken meat, leeks, barley, celery seed, cloves, salt and black pepper to stock; simmer until barley is tender and flavours have blended, about 1 hour.

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