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Shabbos Chanukah Chicken Soup

UPDATE 12/23/11:  Since we're looking at Shabbos Chanukah right in the eye and everyone is busy cooking, I figured I'd bump this up on the blog.  Please send me pictures of your Shabbos Chanukah soup!  And have a wonderful Shabbos Chanukah....

UPDATE 12/11/11:  My fellow blogger, Shoshana Raff, has posted her own Shabbos Chicken Soup recipe to be eaten with Chanukah noodles on her wonderful blog KosherShopaholic.com. Check it out here.


I posted this recipe for Shabbos Chanukah soup last year...it's one of my dozen or so truly original recipes, and I like it enough to re-post it this year.   I'm posting it a little far in advance because I know how crazy things get around holiday time, so this will give you a chance to do a little planning.

This year, Shabbos Chanukah comes out on December 23rd and 24th. We don't have kids, but we usually do have company on Shabbos Chanukah, and I always make this soup because our guests' kids love it (and most of the adults like it too).  It's nothing fancy or complicated, just basically my regular Shabbat chicken soup recipe with special Chanukah noodles.  If you are partial to your own chicken soup recipe, go ahead and use it with the noodles.  Enjoy.

Recipe notes:  I use leeks because I think they are a little milder and sweeter than onions, but feel free to substitute onions if you prefer.  Chicken or turkey necks make the soup much richer. Wild carrots have a whole different flavor and sweetness from the skinny ones you buy in a bag or (God forbid) the pre-peeled baby carrots.  I slice them horizontally to get bigger slices. I never use fresh dill in soup; it completely takes over the flavor of the soup.  The frozen dill cubes can be gotten at most supermarkets; we use the Dorot brand (here's a $1/2 coupon...whadya expect from me?) Starting the soup the night before, cooking it for a long time, letting it sit and then reheating it makes the soup taste better and gives it a great, golden color; I don't know why, but it does.

  • 1 large leek, cleaned, checked and chopped
  • 6 chicken necks or 3 turkey necks
  • 2 chicken bottoms
  • 3 large wild carrots, peeled and sliced diagonally
  • 2 yellow zucchini, sliced diagonally
  • 1 parsnip, peeled and diced
  • 1 turnip, peeled and diced
  • 1 t. dried chives
  • 4 frozen cubes dill
  • 1 package lasagna noodles
  • Chanukah cookie cutters (menorah and dreidel shapes)
On the Thursday night before, combine the leeks, necks, chicken, carrots, zucchini, parsnip, turnip, chives and dill in a stockpot of salted water, and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to a simmer. The soup should cook at a simmer all night.  Shut it off the next morning, let it cool and sit, skim the fat off the top, and then reheat right before Shabbos.  Now on to the noodles.

In a separate pot, cook the lasagna noodles in salted water until they are al dente. Drain, rinse with cold water and let the noodles cool.  (Kashrut tip:  if you boiled the noodles in a fleishig pot and your cookie cutters are pareve, let the noodles cool completely before using the cutters.)  Lay the cooked noodles out flat on a cutting board and press out the menorah and dreidel shapes with your Chanukah cookie cutters.  Keep the cut-out shapes wrapped in wax paper (so they don't stick to each other or dry out) in the fridge until you are ready to serve the soup.  You can make these up to a week in advance.

As you ladle the soup into bowls, float the noodle shapes on the top of the soup.  Voila, Shabbos Chanukah soup!

(If you have cookie cutters for various holidays or occasions, this recipe works well for any of them, i.e. crowns and graggers for Purim, etc.)

What are your special Chanukah recipes?  What are you planning for Shabbos Chanukah this year?


  1. yum, that sounds delish!

  2. This is such a great idea! MY kids will go crazy for it! You chicken soup is similar to mine - i also use necks & loose carrots. I have to post the noodle idea on my site - of course, I'll give you credit for it!



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