January was all about the hot drinks. I shared three delicious recipes with you (spiced milk, mocha, and a hot toddy). This month we’re continuing the warm-you-up theme with soup! We’ll start with the ultimate in nourishing comfort food–chicken noodle soup!
Hey! If you love soup, be sure to follow my Pinterest “Soup’s On!” board HERE.
We ate this last night and reflected on the magic of a pot of soup. Think about it–you start with water, add bits and pieces of this and that, apply some heat, and you get…a rich broth and complex, comforting flavours that take you back to childhood. How in the world?
The vegetables help, yes, but the magic is in the bones. Make your chicken soup with chicken bones. There may be a day when you need to use boxed, storebought chicken broth, but it is not this day.
There are many different versions of chicken noodle soup, but this is the one I grew up with, as near as I can remember. My mom will have to set me straight if I’m misremembering anything. (:
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 2 celery stalks
- 3 carrots
- 3 cloves of garlic, peeled
- 8 cups filtered water
- 2 chicken drumsticks, raw
- 2 chicken thighs, raw
- 2 tsp Real Salt
- whatever fresh herbs you have on hand
- Fettuccine or your favourite pasta
- Melt the butter in a large pot on the stovetop over medium heat. Chop the celery, carrots, and garlic and add to the pot. Saute for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- When the vegetables begin to smell amazing, add the water, chicken, salt, and herbs to the pot.
- Heat everything to boiling, then cover the pot and turn heat down to medium-low. Let everything simmer for 1-2 hours. The time is loose; as long as the chicken is cooked through, you can let it simmer until you're ready to eat it.
- Before serving, remove the chicken from the pot and let cool. While the chicken cools, break the fettuccine in half and add to the pot to cook.
- Remove the chicken meat from the bones. Toss the chicken back in the pot, and set aside the bones for making stock later.
- When the pasta is cooked, ladle soup into bowls and serve.
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