March 01, 2010

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup is the ultimate comfort food for me. For some reason I used to think it was hard and time consuming. Really, it isn't that bad - and totally worth a few extra minutes to make your own noodles.

Chicken Noodle Soup
Serves 6-8
3-4 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 c carrots, diced
1 1/2 c onion, diced (about 1 med onion)
1 1/2 c celery, diced (about 3 stalks)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp thyme
1 bay leaf
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
3/4 c parsley divided
2 chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces.
8 cups chicken stock

2 1/2 c flour
2 eggs
pinch salt
1/4 c milk
1 Tbsp olive oil

Coat bottom of large stock pot with olive oil (a few Tbsp), heat over medium heat. Add carrots, onion, and celery (add more olive oil if vegetables start looking dry but aren't softened yet).

Saute until vegetables are softened and onions are transluscent. Add thyme, garlic bay leaf, salt and pepper. Saute for 3-5 minutes. Season chicken peices with a little salt and pepper.

Add to pot. Let brown on both sides (will be about 1/2 way cooked - it doesn't matter if it is cooked through).

 Sorry this picture is a little blurry - but I wanted to show you that it doesn't have to be cooked fully.

Add chicken stock, bring to boil. Taste broth, adjust seasoning as needed. Let simmer 30 minutes. Meanwhile - make the noodles.

On your counter, form flour a volcano shape. In a small bowl mix eggs, salt, milk and olive oil. (I didn't mix my ingredients before, you don't have to but it makes it easier.) Pour into center of volcano. With hands mix with your hands until fully combined, knead until dough is fairly smooth. (see how there is some flour left? You don't have to use it all, just until dough is dry.) Roll out and cut into desired size. Remember that noodles are going to double in thickness so roll them thinner than you think. (I like mine thicker than normal, I showed you how thick mine are.)
Bring soup back to a boil, add noodles, cook for about 5 minutes, or until cooked through (will depend on how thick your noodles are).

Cut chicken while slightly frozen, it makes it easier.
Cut noodles with a pizza cutter. You may want to cut yours shorter than mine. I wish I did, they were harder to eat with a spoon
If you don't want to make your own noodles, cook seperately. That way they won't get super soggy when you store your leftovers.


Maria said...

I love the fresh noodles. Nice work!

[eeny] said...

I love chicken noodle soup, too.
I am going to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Steph said...

I always try to make fresh noodles with my chicken soup. Only way to do it.

I am going to try your noodles next time I make soup...
and the lemon bars just because I love lemon bars. LOL

Unknown said...

Love the homemade pasta!

Hannah said...

Wow...that looks fantastic. I could use a little chicken noodle soup today; I am sick. I may just make some.

Jules AF said...

Must not eat. Must go to gym instead. Sigh.

Sarah:: Redhead Recipes said...

Boob Nazi - This is healthy! maybe not the noodles, just half the batch. Then you're good!

Sarah:: Redhead Recipes said...

Hannah - hope you feel better, hope the soup helps, or at least gives some comfort! :)

Adele said...

This sounds so good! I've never tried making my own noodles before- Its always sounded so hard! I'll have to try it soon

Clements Family said...

Oh that looks so fresh and delish!

Sook said...

There's nothing like homemade chicken noodle soup... Looks delicious!

Katie said...

I agree, it is totally worth the time to make the noodles. Chicken Noodle Soup is my mother in law's specialty. Since she taught me how to make the noodles I don't like it any other way!

anna said...

Looks amazing! Right now I don't have a lot of ingredients in the house, and but I do have everything I need for this recipe.I can't wait to taste it tonight.

Thanks for following my blog! Do you scrapbook too?

Connie said...

I have been a great disappointment to my mom because I have NEVER made homemade noodles. I love 'em but I only eat the fruits of my mother's labor! Your soup looks delicious and I've decided I'm going to try the noodles. Yup, that's my goal for the month of March. Thanks for the recipe!

Post Grad Hair Cut said...

This looks SO good. Next time my boyfriend is sick this is going into his stomach. That sounds weird, but you get the idea.

Erica said...

Thank you for visiting my site! I love yours.... That looks so comforting and delicious!

shopgirl said...

Hi Sarah,

Great job on the noodle recipe. My mom used to make a similar one when I was a kid growing up using a whole chicken. And I remember we used to help her knead the dough to make the noodles.

Thanks for bringing back such fond memories.

p.s. it looks delicious!

Hope you have a great week!