The stomach virus that invaded our house for 5 whole days has left the building, praise Oprah! Here is a soup I made when everyone was barfing out their stomach linings. That's not appetizing. But the soup is!
Chicken & Stars Soup
2 T olive oil
2 large carrots
4 stalks celery
4 large cloves garlic
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 T fresh basil, chopped
1/2 tsp dried oregano
4 sprigs thyme, removed from stem
4 cups chicken stock
2 cups roasted chicken, chopped
1/2 cup pastina
Heat olive oil in large pot over medium heat. Chop carrots, celery, leek (cleaned thoroughly) and garlic. Add to pot and season with salt and pepper. Saute for 5-7 minutes, until soft and fragrant.
Add herbs and saute for another minute or so.
Roughly chop chicken (I used leftovers from a whole roasted chicken but you could also roast 2 or 3 breasts or buy an already roasted chicken from the market).
Add chicken stock to pot and bring to a boil. Add chicken and pastina, turn down heat and simmer until pasta is cooked (roughly 10 minutes). Season with salt and pepper to taste.