Chicken noodle soup solves problems. It’s that simple!
When you are sick, have chicken noodle soup. If you are cold, warm up with chicken noodle soup. Come home grouchy from work and need comfort food? Chicken noodle soup!!
Not only does chicken noodle soup solve some of the world’s toughest problems (okay, maybe a little over the top??), but it is also extremely simple to make!!
After work for a quick meal, Eric and I will often pick up a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and have that for dinner with some salads. And after we are done eating the chicken, I will boil the chicken bones to make some broth. All you need to do is cover the bones with water and set to boil. If you have any vegetable scraps (e.g. celery ends, carrot ends, onion pieces, etc…) add them in for added flavour! Also adding in some herbs doesn’t hurt either – thyme, rosemary, bay leaf, oregano, basil, parsley… all of these work well together! Once it boils, skim the foam and let simmer for about an hour and a half to two hours… then strain, leaving you with a homemade broth! And this is where I have failed as a food blogger…. no pictures of the chicken stock making process… SORRY!
Okay, now that you have chicken stock, onto making chicken noodle soup, to solve everything!
Chop up a mirepoux. (A what?) A mirepoux is roughly chopped up carrot, onion and celery at about 1 part onion, 1 part celery and 1 part carrot. I am not going to lie here though, I don’t really measure this to an exact science. I chopped one onion, a few stalks of celery and a few carrots… And because I like a chunkier soup, I chopped larger chunks.
Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil on medium heat and then add in the mirepoux and let the vegetables soften, cooking for about 7-10 minutes.
I used chicken breast for my soup. Any chicken meat will do – I’ve seen chicken meatballs too that look really good!
If using raw chicken, cook thoroughly. I fried mine in olive oil and a bit of salt, pepper and garlic. I have roasted chicken breasts with a variety of spices and herbs before and used that for the soup – and it turns out nice with lots of flavour!
Once the chicken and vegetables are cooked, return everything back to one pot and add in the broth, herbs, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add pasta and simmer until pasta is done.
Serve to solve any problem, be it cold, sick, or grumpy; and enjoy!
- 6 cups chicken broth (homemade, or store bought)
- 4 chicken breasts
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- pinch of salt, pepper and garlic powder
- 1 cup each of chopped onion, carrot and celery
- 1.5 cup of dried pasta noodles
- Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
- Heat 1 Tbsp of olive oil in a skillet and add seasoned chicken breast. Cook thoroughly and set aside.
- Heat remaining olive oil in a soup pot and add the mirepoux, thyme, basil and oregano and cook until vegetable start to soften.
- Add chicken broth and cooked chicken, and bring to a boil.
- Add pasta noodles and let soup simmer until pasta noodles are cooked, about 8-10 minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper if needed, and serve!
- Use any kind of chicken - pick up a rotisserie chicken, roast your own chicken with herbs, etc...
- I used whole grain egg noodles, but you can use any kind of noodle you like!
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Do you have a food that solves all your problems?