Today I am joining together with other food bloggers across the country in posting a favorite comfort food recipe in order to raise awareness for the need for donations to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Homes have been destroyed, families have been devastated, lives forever changed. Please consider clicking the button above and making a donation to the Red Cross.
Enjoy my recipe for Good Ole Fashioned Chicken Noodle Soup. :) I wish I could make a few big batches of this and send them up north...
One of my favorite homemade comfort foods for fall is Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup. And when I say homemade, I mean HOMEMADE. I roast two large chicken breasts in my Crock Pot a few days before I plan to make a pot of the soup. (CLICK HERE for my recipe for Slow Cooker Roast Chicken.) Then I remove all the good meat from the bone-in chicken breasts and save the rest (bones, cartilage, skin, etc) in a container in the fridge and make homemade chicken broth the next day with it. (CLICK HERE for my recipe for Small Batch Homemade Chicken Broth.) Then on the third day, I use my slow cooker roast chicken and my homemade chicken broth and make THE BEST homemade chicken noodle soup you will ever slurp. ;) But, you don't HAVE to do all that to make this recipe. You can buy a grocery store rotisserie chicken and a carton of chicken broth. But it is worth the effort if you have the time to make it all from scratch.
What you will need:
1/2 medium onion, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 large carrots, chopped (or you can use a couple of handfuls of baby carrots & chop them)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter
4 cups of chicken broth (homemade, if you got it ;) )
3 cups of water
2 bay leaves
about 5 oz of extra wide noodles
about 1 1/2 cups of chopped cooked chicken
2 tbsp of fresh parsley, chopped
Salt & pepper, to taste
Heat a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Once heated add the olive oil and butter. Once the butter is melted, add the onion, celery, and carrots. Saute for 3-4 minutes. Pour in the chicken broth and water. Drop in the bay leaves. Heat to boiling. Once it is brought to a boil, add your noodles. Boil for another 10 minutes until noodles are tender. Reduce the heat to a simmer.
Fish out the two bay leaves (do this with spoon and not your fingers, please ;) ). Then add in the chicken and parsley. Cook another 3-4 minutes until the chicken has been heated through. Taste your broth at this point and add salt and pepper to your taste.
Ladle into bowls and serve with a nice crusty bread or good old school traditional like us and pull out the saltines. ;) This makes about 6-8 servings.
Please head over to Creative Culinary to check out the other comfort food recipes being linked up for Support for Sandy, and link up your own recipe too! Just CLICK HERE. :)
What is one of your favorite comfort food meals to make?