As far as a chicken soup goes, the traditional French White Soup has been around since the 1600s. Even with it’s rich and interesting history, I really haven’t seen any online recipes for it. I specifically searched for “traditional french white soup” in a variety of ways, but it seems that any trace of it has disappeared from the digital world, so I turned to the french cookbooks, which is where finally found it!
I cooked it recently, and I remember the giddy anticipation and impatience with which I stirred the pot. “I wonder why it’s not popular anymore! It was served to the French royalty at one point – and who doesn’t want to feel royal.” It smelled divine! The bouquet garni, the bone broth… I must admit, I think I was in love with the idea of creating something that people ate 400 years ago, and just maybe I romanticized this soup a little. Don’t get me wrong, this is a healthy, filling and definitely repeatable recipe with a lot of potential for personality (maybe I would add shallots the next time)!
Being pregnant with my second child, I also see this as a perfect and complete chicken soup meal, both in terms of time commitment, cost and nutrition. Additionally, if you’re introducing your toddler to more adult foods, this is a really good start! This humble chicken soup (despite its aristocratic roots) can also be the workhorse dinner or lunch option that doesn’t require a lot of energy, and will satisfy in any season with a thoughtful garnish. My one caveat is that it’s simplicity can be a little underwhelming – so, if you’re entertaining, this is probably not the soup that will wow your guests, though it’s very photogenic.
You will need a food processor and a French or Dutch oven.