Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken noodle soup is one of those perfect meals that can make you feel all warm inside. Especially one a cold and windy day or when you’re sick. I made a big (huge) batch of chicken noodle soup a couple weeks ago. We froze half of it in individual servings. That came in really handy this past week when Hubby and I were both sick. I know some people don’t freeze their soup with the noodles in there so they don’t get all mushy, but the soup was just fine in my book. Of course, when you have strep throat, the more mushy the noodles, the better.

I doubled the recipe since all of the recipes I saw called for a 1/2 bag of noodles. It ended up making a TON of soup and it barely all fit in our big stock pot (the recipe below is for a single batch). I was a bit short on the chicken broth, but I like my soup really full of the good stuff (last week when we were sick, we ended up adding some broth to our soup since the broth is really what you’re after when you’re sick).

I used the leftovers from a butterflied, broiled chicken Hubby had made. I also threw in the veggies from under the chicken because they’re so flavorful.

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Chicken Noodle Soup

Yield: 6-8

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp olive oil
4 carrots
3 stalks celery
1 onion
4 cloves garlic
1 Tbsp fresh chopped thyme
2 quarts chicken broth, homemade or best quality
1 bay leaf
2 cups cooked chicken meat
6 oz egg noodles
salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Directions:

Heat oil over medium heat in a large stock pot. Add carrots and celery. Cook until just beginning to soften, about eight minutes. Add onion and cook five minutes more.

Add garlic and thyme. Cook until fragrant, about one minute.

Add all broth and bay leaf. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer 15 minutes.

Add noodles and chicken. Simmer 8-10 minutes more until noodles are cooked through. Add salt and pepper taste.

Recipe adapted from Chaos in the Kitchen and Apple A Day

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6 Responses to “Chicken Noodle Soup”

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    Megan — January 6, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    I love homemade chicken soup. I just made it myself for the first time about a month ago. And then I ahd some in the freezer that I took out last week to eat while I was sick. It is the best thing when you’re sick.

    I’m one of those people who don’t add the noodles to the soup. :)

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    Blog is the New black — January 6, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Such a classic! I always ruin mine with too much rice!

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — January 6, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Nothing can make you feel better than homemade soup! Hope you and the hubby get well soon!

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    EliFla — January 6, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Homemade soup are the best comfortfood then ever!!! Ciao Flavia

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    Stephanie — January 7, 2011 at 12:18 am

    Just made chicken soup this week for my sick hubby. I had fresh herbs on hand so the broth was extra tasty. Individual frozen soup is always my favorite brown bag lunch. Hope you feel better!

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    ann — January 7, 2011 at 1:20 am

    To me it may be the perfect food. It’s comfort in a bowl. Yours looks wonderful!

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