Thank goodness for a decently stocked pantry. We are having homemade chicken and stars for dinner. That’s what happens when someone in our family gets sick. I make chicken soup. Luckily I have a nice batch of homemade broth and some organic chicken in the freezer. (If you haven’t made your own broth I highly recommend it. Nourishing Traditions has a great recipe.)
I started with some olive oil, carrots, and onion. I sautéed that up in my dutch oven, and then added 2 bay leaves and a giant block of chicken stock.
While that was melting down I thawed 2 chicken thighs, and chopped them into small pieces. This was made a little difficult by the two kitties engaged in intense food-scavenging. We survived.
Once the stock came to a simmer I added the chicken and let it cook for 2 minutes. Then I added the Stelline (star-shaped pasta). I added about 1/2 a box (approx. 5-6 oz.) and let that cook for 6 minutes more. Stir as it cooks, as those tiny stars love to stick to the pot. (Note: with this much pasta, it’s going to soak up almost all the broth. Use less pasta if you like a soupier soup.)
Then, voila! Homemade chicken and stars in about 30 minutes. I served it with saltines. Don’t they have mystical healing powers too?