This was a regular feature on my Mum’s winter menu as I was growing up.
I seem to remember taking great effort to convince my younger brother that the rice vermicelli in it was dried eels brains … and for ages he believed me! Rotten sister!
It is such a comforting winter food that it is still a favourite of mine.
- 4 large chicken thighs, very finely diced*
- 10 rashers short cut bacon, finely diced
- 4 tins corn kernels, drained and rinsed
- 200g rice vermicelli
- 12 cup hot chicken stock
- 1 large brown onion, finely diced
- 2 tbsp Port or Sherry
- Optional: 1 large head of broccoli, chopped
In a very large saucepan heat some oil. Add the onion and bacon and fry gently until the onions are golden.
Add in the chicken* and season with pepper and port.
Add in the stock, stir well. Bring to a gentle simmer for 20 minutes.
While the soup is simmering, take 2 of the tins of corn and place them in the food processor. Process until it fairly smooth. (You can just used 2 tins of creamed corn for ease if your diet allows, but the ‘extras’ in tins of creamed corn do not agree with Ellie).
Add in the now creamed corn and the whole kernels of corn and stir well. Add in the broccoli here if you are using it.
Break up the rice vermicelli and add to the soup.
Heat until noodles are soft and serve.
This makes a very large quantity – love my giant 11L saucepan!! Go with a half batch if your saucepan isn’t quite so big!
Soup freezes well and keeps in the fridge for about 4 or 5 days.
*If you have some left over roast chicken it works really well here in place if the chicken thigh, just chop it and add it in at the same time as the corn and broccoli.