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Friday, April 13, 2012

Homemade Classic Chicken Soup

When it looks like this outside the last thing I want to do is venture outside the confines of my warm apartment. Early this morning I decided to make one trip out into the deluge. Inspired by the cold I picked up the following items:

It's really (almost) this simple. This recipe tastes better than, and costs less than Progresso Chicken Noodle Soup, with less fat and sodium! Since it was rainy all day and I didn't really have any excuse to leave my house I picked up a whole chicken and slow roasted it all morning. This takes several hours so if you prefer, just use a ready-made rotisserie chicken (typically $7-$10 at your local supermarket). If you roast your own chicken do so an hour in advance to give it time to cool before you dig in and make sure it's well done and moist so the meat falls right off the bone.

Chicken Noodle Soup
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hr

5 cloves of garlic
2 large carrots
3 celery stalks
1.5 white onions
1 whole chicken
1 qt + 1 can chicken broth
1 bag egg noodles
1 bunch parsley
sea salt
pepper

Start by sautéing your chopped soup base (onion, carrot, celery, garlic) in a pan for 5-7 minutes or until the carrots start to soften and the onions are almost translucent. 

Transfer the cooked veggies into your large soup pot, cover them in chicken stock and one cup of water, add a dash of black pepper and bring them to a boil over medium heat. Once the liquid boils reduce to low heat and let the veggies simmer in the chicken stock while you take care of your chicken.

 While the stock heats up begin removing the chicken from the bones. This is a pretty messy job so don't be afraid to get your hands dirty. One chicken should provide over a pound of meat. Chop the chicken so that the pieces are less than an inch wide then add it to your simmering veggie mix.
By the time you add the chicken your soup pot will probably be pretty full. Top the liquid off by adding water until level it covers both the meat and veggies an inch of liquid. Turn the heat up and bring the whole thing to a boil. Once you reach a boil fill the rest of the pot with egg noodles and stir the soup to combine them with the rest of the ingredients. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for 30 minutes. 

Get cozy, crank up Netflix and enjoy your warm, delicious, homemade chicken soup! 




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