- 4 Tbs unsalted butter
- 1 whole chicken (about 4 pounds), cut up
- 8 cups mineral or filtered water
- 8 ears fresh corn, kernels sliced from cob, about 4 cups
- 1 large Spanish onion, chopped
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 2 tsp dried thyme leaves
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 3 garlic cloves
- 2 cups frozen lima beans, thawed
- 12 patty pans (golf ball-size), halved lengthwise, or 1 zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced
- 4 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
- Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add the chicken pieces and brown on all sides. Add the water, bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. Remove the chicken with a slotted spoon, reserve the poaching liquid, and when cool enough to handle remove the meat from the bones and set aside. Strain the poaching liquid to remove solids, reserving 6 cups, and set aside.*
- Puree about 1 cup of the corn in a blender or food processor and set aside.
- Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in the pot over medium heat. Add the onion and celery and sweat for 4 minutes, until tender.
- Add the thyme, bay leaves, salt, and pepper and stir to coat the vegetables.
- Add the chicken, reserved poaching liquid, pureed corn, and whole corn kernels.
- Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat, partially cover, and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, combine the heavy cream and garlic in a small saucepan over medium heat. Simmer until the cream reduces by half. Puree the cream mixture in a blender until smooth; set aside.
- Add the lima beans and patty pans to the chicken mixture and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Stir in the pureed heavy cream and tomatoes and simmer for 1 minute.
- To serve, remove the bay leaves and ladle the soup into bowls.
Nutrition Note: Nutrition Facts calculated on serving size of 1 cup.
Cooking Tip: To de-fat the stock, refrigerate for 1 hour, until a fat layer forms on the surface. Skim the layer of fat off the top and discard.
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