Hello 2017! It has been a rainy and cold first few days of the new year and what better way to spend a cold afternoon, than to make homemade chicken noodle soup. This recipe was given to me a few years ago from a friend and co-worker, and it has become a favorite meal during the fall and winter months. We had already made a batch a couple times this fall, but when I received a beautiful cherry red Le Creuset pot for Christmas I couldn't wait put it to use over the holiday break with homemade chicken noodle soup. You don't need a fancy pot for this recipe, but I do recommend a large one as this recipe makes enough for a few hot bowls of soup and a few individual frozen meals for late winter nights and soar throats.
Chicken Noodle Soup
Whole Amish Chicken
Low Sodium Chicken Broth
4-5 Celery Stalks
1 Sweet Onion
3-4 Whole Carrots
2 Sprigs Fresh Thyme
Salt & Pepper to taste
2 cups Egg Drop Noodles (found in international section of the grocery store)
Peel and cut ends of celery, onion, carrots and shallot tossing the scraps into the pot. Add raw amish chicken, a few sprigs of thyme, salt and pepper and chicken broth to the pot. Fill the pot with broth and a bit of water - enough to cover most of the scraps and chicken. Bring to a rolling boil and let boil for 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. (Sometimes if the chicken isn't completely covered, I may flip the chicken at the end and give an extra 10 minutes.) While it boils, dice the veggies.
Remove the chicken and let cool. Drain the scraps from the broth, pouring the broth back into the pot. Tear the chicken apart and cut into bite size pieces (typically this is Tyler's job). Combine broth, veggies and chicken bringing to a boil again. Add egg drop noodles and boil for 10 minutes.
It may seem like a lot of work, but honestly it is a pretty simple recipe with just a few basic ingredients, and the finished product is much more rewarding than Campbell's Soup, promise. This probably isn't a late night work day recipe, but is perfect for a lazy weekend. We often find ourselves making it on a cold Sunday afternoon when we are lounging around or working on side projects. It really is the best thing when there is a blustery cold wind outside. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Do you have any favorite winter soups we should try?