Chicken Noodle Soup

by Sara on September 1, 2009

Chicken Noodle Soup

After being sick for a week and consuming a diet of chicken soup and toast, I feared I wouldn’t have anything to post. And then I thought of the soup itself. It’s such a simple recipe, and you can take advantage of convenience items like rotisserie chicken and chicken stock when you really have no energy to cook and wash extra dishes.

I learned a few lessons from this past bout of sickness. Lesson One: no matter how lazy I feel, go to the second store to pick up the rotisserie chicken (I chose to buy and poach chicken breasts instead…not much extra work under ordinary circumstances, but when ill, I practically needed a nap after this step). Lesson Two: Do NOT try to do math in my head when my head feels like it will explode at any moment. Use a calculator, or else I will keep adding 32 and 14 and getting 64. And then I will realize my mistake and decide to just add water to rectify the chicken stock shortage, resulting in a soup with no flavor.

Ah, well. When made correctly, this soup delivers comfort in a bowl.

Chicken Soup

64 oz chicken stock or broth
2 cooked chicken breasts, shredded or diced
1 medium onion, diced
1 celery stick, diced
2 carrots, diced
1 T fresh thyme
1 T fresh parsely, chopped
2 tsp olive oil
4 oz egg noodles

Heat oil in large pot (about 5 or 6 qt size) over medium heat. Add onions and saute until soft, about five minutes. Add carrots and celery and saute for another two minutes. Add chicken stock, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for fifteen minutes.

Remove cover and add chicken, parsley, and thyme. Cook for about three minutes to allow flavors to meld. Turn off heat and add noodles. Allow the soup to sit for five minutes so the noodles can absorb the stock. Test for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Sonya September 5, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Oh boy I need to subscribe to your blog because I have been super ill and could of used this soup!!! This doesnt look hard at all and it would of been a thousand times better than the icky add water to dry mix I got :O(

I had to laugh over your lessons! LOL you poor thing. I sure hope you are feeling better!!

Sara September 5, 2009 at 10:44 pm

Sonya, I hope you’re feeling better! Believe it or not, I was starting to wish I had just purchased the packet of “noodle soup…”

I’m doing much better now, thanks!

Sonya September 6, 2009 at 3:20 am

I am feeling better now thanks! We’ve had our first confirmed case of Swine flu in my oldest sons class and although they no longer treat it here unless it’s really bad, Im still worried when and if we are going to get it.

Sara September 6, 2009 at 11:39 am

The latest prediction I read was that it’s possible one out of every three people could become infected. That sounds absolutely delightful.

I guess we just hope for the best but prepare as best as we can for the worst…

Tanya September 10, 2009 at 9:21 pm

I just came off a diet of chicken soup too – being sick is no fun!

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