Beyond The Ordinary Chicken Noodle Soup

by Caterina Borg, Good Food Gourmet on February 7, 2015

Beyond The Ordinary Chicken Noodle Soup, www.goodfoodgourmet.comIt’s not hard for most people to put together a delicious and satisfying soup. Whether you set out to make one of the classics, like our all time favorite like tomato or chicken noodle or whether you are just emptying out leftovers from the fridge, a delicious soup makes a quick and easy meal.

I’m one of those people that always save the chicken/turkey carcass/bones or shrimp shells/lobster bodies to make my own stock. There really is nothing like the richness of homemade stock and I like to use it whenever I can. I must confess that I do enhance the flavor a bit with bouillon cubes and almost always have them on hand. If I want to make chicken soup and don’t have a chicken carcass on hand, I will usually use bone-in thighs, because they have the best flavor when you want to make a quick stock.

When I have a little more time on the weekends, I will make a big pot of homemade chicken stock and when cool, portion it out into 4-cup capacity containers. I always keep one container in the fridge, so if I’m cooking rice or mashed potatoes, gravy or sauce, it’s ready to be added.

Like anything, there is always that magic combination of ingredients that creates a delicious result, and I have definitely found that with this little recipe. Make a pot to enjoy right away or portion it out and store in the freezer for quick weeknight meals – this type of comfort food will always keep you warm, full and happy.

Chicken Soup
4-5 cups of homemade chicken stock
2 cups diced vegetables (usually carrots & celery, sometimes peas)
1-2 cups diced or shredded chicken
½ cup broken 1” pieces of angel hair pasta
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 bouillon cube of Knorr chicken stock
S&P to taste (salt should be OK with the bouillon cube)
Juice of 1 lemon **optional

Add your prepared chicken stock to a small pot over very low heat and bring it to a simmer. Crumble in your bouillon cube and then add in your 2 cups of diced vegetables and ½ cup of pasta. Cook these for about 5-10 minutes until everything has become al dente. Add in the chicken and warm it thru, then add the lemon juice if you are using it, check for S&P and serve yourself up a big bowl.

Beyond The Ordinary Chicken Noodle Soup,

Beyond The Ordinary Chicken Noodle Soup,

Beyond The Ordinary Chicken Noodle Soup,

Beyond The Ordinary Chicken Noodle Soup,

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