Naanima’s Chicken Soup

1 tbsp ghee
1/2 lb chicken breasts, cut into cubes
1 medium turnip, peeled and diced
1 medium potato, peeled and diced
2 parsnips, peeled and cut into thick circles
4 medium carrots, peeled and cut
1 large handful of string beans
1/2 cup of peas
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 cup chopped frozen spinach
6 garlic cloves, left whole
2 sticks chinese cinnamon
5 cloves
1 tsp black peppercorns
1/2 tsp coriander powder
big pinch of cumin powder
pinch of turmeric

12 cherry tomatoes or 1 medium tomato, chopped
1/2 cup penne pasta, uncooked
1 litre of water or a good quality chicken stock
salt to taste
good quality extra virgin olive oil, optional Continue reading