Saturday, Ryan relapsed, and Patrick took up sounding a little hoarse. Oh, no! Quick! Someone find me a surgical mask - I'll risk looking like Michael Jackson! Wait, no, I won't, either.
Anyway, with all those sickos in the house, chicken soup was a very obvious choice. You could do this in your crock pot, although I don't have one for two reasons: first, it occupies more counter space, and, second, they don't come in the 3 gallon size. Now, granted, I only made 2 gallons of soup here, but with everyone home? 3 gallons really doesn't cut it. The joys of a huge household!
Fair warning: You will be drooling during the four hours this simmers. You've been notified; please don't blame me!
CHICKEN WING SOUP
8 chicken wings
12 cups water
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
3 ribs celery, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
2 medium potatoes, shredded
2 medium sweet potatoes, shredded
1/2 to 3/4 cup barley
1 to 2 tsp salt
Put the water, wings, onion, celery and carrots in the pan, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and cook 2 hours. Add the shredded potatoes and sweet potatoes, and simmer another hour. Add the barley, and simmer another hour. Use tongs to fish out the bones, skin (which will by and large float to the surface) and cartilage. The potatoes and sweet potatoes virtually dissolve during their long simmering time, so no one should whine about potatoes not belonging in chicken soup. Serve with a nice crusty bread.
With only 5 people home this weekend, I had exactly 1-3/4 cups of this soup left. Yes, it's that good. Here's a closer look !