Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

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The wind howled outside, rattling the old windows and sending shivers down my spine. A perfect day for a project, I decided, one that would chase away the chill and fill the house with warmth. Today, I was determined to conquer the classic: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup.

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

The Aroma Awakens Memories

Armed with a tattered recipe book and a hefty chicken from the butcher, I set about my task. Chopping vegetables became a rhythmic ritual, the onion’s sting bringing tears to my eyes and laughter bubbling up alongside. As the golden broth simmered, filling the kitchen with the savory scent of thyme and bay leaf, memories wafted in on the steam. I remembered childhood bowls of this very soup, my grandmother’s gentle hands stirring in love, the simple yet comforting warmth radiating through me.

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A Labor of Love (and a Few Mishaps)

The chicken, tender and yielding, fell apart with a nudge. Shredding it became a meditation, each morsel infused with anticipation. But then, a minor calamity! I fumbled the pot lid, sending a splash of broth cascading onto the stovetop. Laughter erupted, tinged with a touch of panic. But instead of giving up, I grabbed a dishcloth and tackled the mess with renewed determination. This soup, I realized, was more than just a recipe; it was a journey, with its own twists and turns.

The Reward: A Bowl of Bliss

Finally, the moment arrived. Ladling the steaming soup into bowls, I marveled at the golden hue, the glistening pasta strands, and the inviting aroma. The first spoonful was a revelation. The flavors, layered and complex, danced on my tongue. The perfect balance of salty broth, tender chicken, and al dente noodles brought a wave of satisfaction. It wasn’t just the warmth that chased away the chill, but the sense of accomplishment, the connection to loved ones, and the joy of creating something delicious from scratch.

As I savored the last bite, a contented sigh escaped my lips. The kitchen, despite the scattered flour and the lone chicken bone, felt like a haven. The wind outside might still rage, but within these walls, there was a comforting warmth, a symphony of flavors, and a memory made for the ages. The homemade chicken noodle soup adventure wasn’t just about the final bowl; it was about the journey, the mishaps, and the simple joy of creating something that nourishes body and soul.

Tips And Trick

Absolutely! Here are some tips and tricks to elevate your homemade chicken noodle soup from good to great:

For the Broth:

  • Homemade is best: Skip the store-bought stuff and make your own broth for richer flavor. Roast your chicken bones and aromatics like onions, carrots, celery, and herbs before simmering for a deeper, more complex broth.
  • Boost the flavor: Add whole black peppercorns, bay leaves, fresh thyme sprigs, or even a splash of apple cider vinegar to your broth for an extra layer of flavor.
  • Don’t overcook the chicken: Cook the chicken just until tender, as overcooked chicken can make the broth dull and stringy.

For the Vegetables:

  • Roast those veggies: Roasting your carrots, onions, and celery before adding them to the soup caramelizes them for a richer, sweeter flavor.
  • Go green: Don’t limit yourself to the classic trio! Explore adding chopped kale, spinach, or even asparagus for a pop of color and extra nutrients.
  • Hidden veggies: Finely chop carrots, celery, or zucchini and sauté them along with the aromatics for a subtle veggie boost that kids won’t even notice.

For the Noodles:

  • Cook them separately: Avoid adding noodles directly to the broth, as they can overcook and make the soup cloudy. Cook them separately and add them just before serving for perfect al dente texture.
  • Get creative with pasta: Experiment with different pasta shapes like orzo, farfalle, or even tiny dumplings for a fun and unique touch.
  • Leftover rice is welcome: If you have leftover cooked rice, you can add it to the soup instead of noodles for a thicker and heartier consistency.

Extra Touches:

  • Spice it up: A pinch of red pepper flakes, some harissa paste, or a swirl of Sriracha can add a delightful kick to your soup.
  • Fresh herbs are your friend: Sprinkle chopped fresh parsley, dill, or chives over each bowl for a burst of brightness and a fresh finish.
  • Don’t forget the cheese: Grated Parmesan, cheddar, or even crumbled feta cheese can add a richness and depth of flavor that takes the soup to a whole new level.

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Recipe by Jasmine LeilaCourse: Main CourseCuisine: Comfort FoodDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
Calories

300

kcal

A heartwarming bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup, perfect for chilly days and cozy nights in.

Ingredients

  • For the broth:

  • 1 whole chicken (3-4 lbs)

  • 1 onion, peeled and halved

  • 2 carrots, roughly chopped

  • 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme (or 1 tsp dried)

  • 8 cups water

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • For the soup:

  • Cooked chicken meat, shredded (from the broth)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 2 carrots, diced

  • 2 celery stalks, diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 4 cups chicken broth (from cooking the chicken)

  • 4 cups water (or additional broth, if needed)

  • 1 cup egg noodles (or other small pasta like orzo)

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Fresh herbs (optional): parsley, dill, chives

Directions

  • Make the broth: In a large pot, combine the chicken, onion, carrots, celery, garlic, bay leaf, thyme, and water. Season generously with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 1-2 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through and falling off the bone.
  • Remove and shred the chicken: Remove the chicken from the pot and let it cool slightly. Once cool enough to handle, shred the chicken meat and set it aside.
  • Strain the broth: Strain the broth through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean pot, discard the solids. Skim off any excess fat from the surface of the broth.
  • Sauté the vegetables: In the same pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced onion, carrots, and celery and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute until fragrant.
  • Simmer the soup: Add the reserved chicken broth and water (or additional broth if needed) to the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add noodles and season: Add the egg noodles (or other pasta) and simmer for another 5-7 minutes, or until cooked through. Stir in the shredded chicken, thyme, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve and enjoy: Garnish with fresh herbs of your choice, like parsley, dill, or chives. Enjoy your comforting bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup!

Notes

  • Use a rotisserie chicken for a quicker broth. Simply remove the meat and carcass from the chicken and use the remaining juices and bones to make the broth.
  • Add more veggies! Feel free to throw in chopped potatoes, zucchini, or other vegetables for added flavor and nutrition.
  • Adjust the chicken and noodle quantity to your liking.
  • Make it kid-friendly! This soup is naturally kid-approved, but you can make it even more enticing by adding fun-shaped pasta or letting them choose their own toppings.
  • Leftovers are your friend! This soup tastes even better the next day, so make a big batch and enjoy it throughout the week.