Leftover Roast Chicken Soup

Whenever we roast a chicken for dinner, and that means at least once a week, we have half a roasted chicken left over. We’ve learned lots of ways to use them up, but this one was so simple and so good.

I had cooked the small amount of scarlet runner beans that I picked early, and there was about 1 1/2 cups left. So I rinsed the liquid off and that was ingredient #1. There was also a singe carrot and leek that was left from the chicken dinner. I shredded the roast chicken, and I chopped up a few carrots and leeks that I had picked a couple of days before. Some basil tops from the garden, and about six cups of chicken broth…


I simmered the raw carrots and leeks for about five minutes, 065

Then added the beans, chicken, and basil. Five minutes and some salt and pepper later, and lunch was ready.

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David Gingrass is a food and beverage operations professional with a career spanning more than three decades. His fascination with and love for food, wine and entertaining allows him to view his work as both a vocation and an avocation. Gingrass graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York then cooked in the Bay Area for two years before landing a job at Wolfgang Puck’s original Spago Restaurant in West Hollywood. There he learned to make the signature breads and sausages that he became known for at Postrio and Hawthorne Lane. He was soon promoted to kitchen manager and managed the operational and expense control aspects of Puck’s iconic restaurant for the next four years. Gingrass returned to San Francisco in 1989 when Puck tapped him and his then-wife Anne to open Postrio, Puck’s third restaurant and his first outside of Los Angeles. Postrio opened to rave reviews and soon became the #1 popular Bay Area restaurant in the prestigious Zagat survey. Five and a half years later, the opportunity to open a restaurant of his own presented itself. Hawthorne Lane opened in 1995 and was a San Francisco dining institution for over twelve years, catering to the likes of Julia Child, Jacques Pepin, Mayor Willie Brown, James Carville, President Clinton and First Lady Hilary Clinton. He closed Hawthorne Lane at the end of its fifteen-year lease in 2009 to build a consulting practice for the hospitality industry, sharing his wealth of culinary and operational experiences with new and existing restaurants, assisting them to become successful and profitable.