Sunday, November 4, 2007

Chicken Noodle Soup

sweet onion
chicken bouillon cubes
egg noodles
chopped chicken
margarine (optional)
flour (optional)
canned milk (optional)

Add one sweet onion (skinned and left whole), two stalks celery (each stalk cut in a few pieces), 1-2 cups carrots (chopped), and 7-8 bouillon cubes to water (10-12 cups-ish) in large stock pot. Bring to a boil. Turn to low and simmer 30 minutes to 1 hour. Remove onion and celery. (I only boil the celery and the onion in the broth for the flavor and then remove them. If you wanted to add less onion and celery, chopped fine, and leave it in, that is another option.) Add noodles (my favorite brand is Country Pasta Homemade Style Egg Pasta . . . see photo) to broth and boil on medium heat for 30 minutes. (Do not add too many noodles and then leave the house to run errands while on medium heat or it will burn. Trust me.) Turn to low and add chopped chicken (I like to buy a whole rotisserie chicken and remove the meat and chop it up). Add salt and pepper to taste. This makes a clear broth soup. If you prefer a slightly creamier chicken noodle soup, add roux (see below). Keep soup on low heat until ready to serve.

Melt 1 cube margarine. Whisk in 1/2 cup flour. Stir until smooth. Add 1 cup canned milk. Whisk again until smooth. Stir constantly on medium heat until mixture thickens. Add to soup after adding the chicken (while soup is on low). This adds a great flavor to the soup (I mean, how can it be bad with a cube of butter, am I right Mary?).


Heather said...

I'm super excited to try this recipe. I always try to make my own up for chicken noodle soup - but alas, my destiny was not to be the recipe creator - just the recipe follower. Thanks for sharing this! And I will try not to leave my house and burn my soup as I could see myself doing that. :)

Mary said...

This is the BEST soup in the world. So simple, yet totally satisfying (sp?). Thank you Carol. Hopefully I can find those noodles that made it so good too! If I can drag myself to the store today, I'll so be having this for dinner!

Angie said...

Thank you Carol! This is by far the yummiest soup ever! Thank you!