I made some delicious homemade soup this weekend.  I thought it would be helpful to make a meal over the weekend that we could have a couple of night's this week.  I'm just trying to be Mr. Helpful...but it annoyed my wife.  After I was spotted in the grocery store by one of her friends...her friend started giving her husband a hard time...suggesting he should "be more like Michael Rock."  Needless to say, this drove my wife crazy, and I paid the price.  Listen here: 

By the way...for those of you who were interested in my chicken and sausage soup recipe...here it is:

Chicken and Sausage Soup

  • 2 split chicken breasts
  • 6 cheese and garlic sausages
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 large garlic cloves
  • 3 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch of scallions, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 1 (28 oz) can Pastene San Marzano plum tomatoes, roughly cut
  • 1 qt chicken stock or broth
  • 2 (13 oz) cans Cannellini beans with liquid
  • 1 cup Ancini de Pepi pasta
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • salt & pepper
  • Dash of red pepper flakes

To Serve:
Good Quality Olive Oil

Shaved Parmesano-Reggiano Cheese

Fresh Chopped Parsley
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Place split chicken breasts and sausage in a large pot, fill with water until they are covered.  Bring to a boil.  Set meat aside to cool after chicken shows no more pink color.

When meat is cooled...shred the chicken and cut up the sausage.  Heat the oil in a large heavy pot. Add the meat, then cook the onion, scallions, carrot and celery until soft. Add garlic and cook another minute. Pour in the broth, beans with liquid, kale and cut up tomatoes and bring to simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Add the pasta, chopped parsley and seasonings. Cook until the pasta is cooked al dente. Serve in bowls topped with a drizzle of olive oil, shaved cheese and a sprinkling of chopped parsley. (Of course nice fresh crusty bread adds to the delight.)

Note: You can add a little chopped pancetta or diced prosciutto to this dish as well for a different taste.