You guys, before I talk about chicken noodle soup, I just want to say I’m feeling a little restless and sad right now 😞 Geez, staying home and social distancing because of the Covid-19 pandemic is just starting to gnaw at me. My freezer is full of tiny containers of soup because I can’t stop cooking. I miss spending in-person time with my friends. I miss getting out to a yoga class. And, while we’re meeting up for long walks most evenings, I miss having Sweet ‘n Special around. Even the Housemates miss having Sweet ‘n Special around. I know each of you have your own stories about what you’re feeling and experiencing right now; feel free to share them in the comments section or let’s schedule a video visit (VV?). Like the world needs another acronym 😂 LOL
I am keeping close in my thoughts EVERYONE affected by this pandemic and counting my blessings.
Okay, I feel better now. Thanks for listening. Time to switch gears and talk about soup!
While there are lots of wonderful chicken noodle soup recipes out there, this is the one that’s evolved through the years for me. It’s so simple and tasty.
The first step is to make a delicious super-duper-immune-boosting chicken stock.
Ingredients for Chicken Stock
One rotisserie chicken from the grocery store; use the bones, wings and skin for making the broth and refrigerate the chicken pieces until you’re ready to add to your soup later.
1 head of garlic, sliced in half
2 white or yellow onions, quartered or halved
About 6-8 carrots, cut in half
About 6-8 celery stalks, cut in half
3 bay leaves
Directions for Making Chicken Stock
Put all of the ingredients above in your large soup pot. It should look something like this:
Add about 3 quarts of water, cover with a lid, bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for several hours. That should be plenty of time to get the Pine Sole germ killer smell out of your kitchen 😂
Look at this beautiful chicken stock!
Let this cool down a bit before you strain. While all of those ingredients you used to make the stock will now be discarded (thanks for your service guys!), you’ll be rewarded with a big batch of delicious stock. You can refrigerate or freeze the stock to be used later.
Now for . . .
The Hut’s Best Chicken Noodle Soup!
About 1/4 cup of good olive oil
3 TBSP of butter
1 white onion, peeled and chopped
4 stalks of celery, chopped
4 carrots, chopped
4 or 5 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
Salt and freshly cracked pepper
Combine these ingredients in your large soup pot and sauté until the onion is translucent and everything is fragrant.
About 3 quarts of homemade chicken stock
Oregano, Parsley, Hot Pepper Flakes
Bring your soup to a boil, then cover and simmer for about 20 minutes. This is what the soup might look like at this point:
Isn’t it purdy? ☺️ Add more salt, pepper and other spices as needed. Maybe add a few shakes of hot sauce? 😋
Now, it’s time to add:
Bite-size chicken pieces from the rotisserie chicken; look over and feel for small bones
About 2 cups of egg noodles
Bring the soup back to a low boil for about 15 minutes or until the noodles are done. Voila! Stay safe and healthy everyone! ❤️ Please follow this blog and leave a comment if you like. I look forward to hearing from you! 😊
A few of the things I miss during this time of isolation…hugging my 88 year old mama…hugging my son on his 28th birthday…perusing books at the local library…heading out for groceries, i.e. fresh produce , whenever I want to…but these are minor things and I’m grateful for my health and the blessings that are still so present in my life.
Your chicken soup sounds wonderful Karla, I can almost smell it😘 hang in there, you will emerge from your quarantine cocoon an even more beautiful person.
Thanks for your comments and inspiration KFlo 😊 I like how you shared all the things you’re missing right now. It brought a tear to my eyes. I look forward to our VV tonight! 😆 Xoxo
Hi!! The girls love chicken noodle soup. I don’t really have a recipe that I follow now, it’s usually just throw something in the pot! This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for your comments Shona and for following my blog! Making soup can be so creative; throwing things in the pot is the way to do it! 😘
Looks so comforting and delicious! You’re going to have a year’s worth of soup in your freezer when this is all over. It was great to see you last night on our video happy hour!
Hi Rachel! Yes, while I have lots of soup in the freezer, I have shared a bunch. Plus the housemates don’t seem to mind being taste-testers 😆 It was great to have a video call happy hour with you and Sheri the other night 😊
Okay this looks really yummy. Great pics too!
Thanks Sheri! Thanks for your comments! 😊 it is a great soup. And, healthy (much healthier than the housemates stay at home mac ‘n cheese, just saying) 😆 Let’s video chat again soon!