Friday, November 18, 2011

Caro's Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

I have been cooking lately but haven't been blogging about my cooking lately. But this weekend I made the best chicken noodle soup ever!

One of our favorite winter meals is homemade chicken noodle and grilled cheese sandwiches. Friday I went to grocery and found whole chickens on sale so I decided to make fresh soup.

Making chicken noodle soup is actually quite easy. The trick is in the flavoring of the soup. I use fresh herbs, salt, pepper, poultry seasoning and other special spices that are secret.

This is how I make my chicken soup. Cut onions and add them to a big stock pot. Saute them a little. I then take a whole chicken and pop it right into the pot. I add some water to cover the chicken and let it cook on medium heat for an hour or two. At this point, I also add a little salt, pepper and poultry season. I would say about a teaspoon each.

After the chicken is cooked, I take out the chicken and put it aside. Then I start adding more spices to the broth. Remember you cannot taste the broth until the chicken is cooked. Otherwise, you can get sick.

I taste the broth and start adding more salt, pepper to taste. I also  add carrots, celery and more onions so the soup will have a little texture to it. I let the veggies cook for about 30 minutes before I add the chicken.

In the meantime, I start pulling the chicken apart and start taking out the bones. Once the veggies have cooked a little, I add the chicken back tot he pot. And then add the egg noodles and cook for about 15 minutes.  If I have fresh thyme, rosemary or sage, I will add them to the soup. But in winter, it's hard finding fresh herbs.

You don't need a whole chicken either. You can also use a chicken carcass and bones and get the same flavors. I often make a roast chicken for one meal then put the carcass in water and cook it up. Any leftover chicken is added to the soup. Then I have 2 meals from one chicken.

That's it. Homemade chicken noodle soup. It is healthy, delicious and will keep you warm on those cold winter nights. Plus, if you are sick there is nothing better.

We like having our soup with grilled cheese sandwiches. So yummy!!

1 comment:

  1. That looks sooooooooooooooo tasty! We love making homemade chicken and stars for easy fall/winter lunches. Yum yum yum. This reminds me that I need to make some chicken stock!