Saturday, October 6, 2012

Food for the Soul: Chicken Noodle Soup

Homemade Soup to me is soul satisfying.  I crave it.  I could probably eat it everyday without complaint. There is a connection to soup that runs deep.  You can make soup out of most anything, and that means  everyone can eat it, it is not an exclusive meal.  The most basic soups can provide comfort and nourishment to our bodies.

There is a conversation about eating soup that takes place at my house year round.  There is one side that insists that soup can only be enjoyed during the cooler months. The other side insists that soup is a can be enjoyed any day, anytime.  No one in my family wins the argument, we simply move to our respective corners with heels dug in deep.

Since North Florida is experiencing cooler temperatures (not autumn worthy temperatures) I have jumped on my soup making bandwagon...Drum roll, please......to the eye roll of my husband.  He does not want soup for dinner, at least not yet.  He is waiting for February, when he is cold and soup warms him.  Me?  I am ready to head out in our perceived cooler temperatures, and get rocking.

I am coming out of the gate with a really simple chicken noodle soup.  A few ingredients, a simmer on the stove, and it is ready.  If you have homemade chicken stock or want to make the effort, it is worth your time.  If not, a good store bought stock will work fine.




Chicken Noodle Soup
Serves 6
Recipe adapted from Ina Garten

Ingredients
1 whole chicken (2 split) chicken breast, bone-in, skin on
Olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper
2 quarts chicken stock
1 cup medium-diced celery (2 stalks)
1 cup medium-diced carrots ( 3 carrots)
2 cups wide egg noodles or other hearty pasta
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place the chicken breast on a sheet pan and rub the skin with olive oil.  Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.  Roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until cooked through.  When cool enough to handle, remove the meat from the bones, discard the skin, and shred or dice the chicken meat.

Bring the chicken stock to a simmer in a large pot and add the celery, carrots and noodles.  Simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes, until the noodles are cooked.  Add the cooked chicken meat and parsley and heat through.

Enjoy!


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38 comments:

Big Dude said...

Homemade chicken soup is just plain hard to beat.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

'Tis the season! Since I feel like I'm coming down with a cold even more so.

I'm thrilled to see a photo that beautiful photo of you, Velva! You're a lovely young woman :)

Susan said...

Yum! I always love soup - and I agree - it can warm your soul. This looks so fresh & delicious!

Subhashini said...

very simple and healthy option for dinner

Debby Foodiewife said...

I love soup, any time of year. Hot, cold...doesn't matter. I jumped on the bandwagon, too, last week-- amidst 80 degree weather. Gotta love a hearty chicken noodle soup. The best!

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

I love soup and your chicken noodle soup looks delicious Velva. Thankfully I have a husband who considers soup a meal and will eat it for dinner.
Sam

Angie's Recipes said...

How yummy and soothing!

Kim said...

A couple weeks ago we woke up to temps barely above freezing (way too cold for KY this time of year). The first thing I thought of when my feet hit the cold floor was making chicken noodle soup, Paula Deen's recipe. It was good, but not my favorite. I bet Ina hits the nail on the head perfectly. This looks gorgeous!

TKW said...

It snowed here this week, so guess what I made? This looks wonderful!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

I wish I could prepare such delicious noodles soup. Looks so tempting.
Deepa

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Nothing better than home-made chicken soup and with the pasta in this, it really is a meal in one. On the menu for the cold that is supposed to arrive for next week. Thanks Diane

mylittleitaliankitchen said...

this is a beautiful soup full of flavour. Yummy dish indeed!

Martha said...

Mmmmm, delicious. This is definitely food for the soul!

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) said...

Chicken Noodle soup has got to be the best soup on earth.

Michelle said...

This is right in time for the cooler weather we are having.

Karen said...

Chicken noodle soup is such an amazing staple - it always makes me feel immeasurably better when I'm feeling the least bit under the weather.

That Girl said...

I'm of the opinion that soups are perfect year round!

Ozlem's Turkish Table said...

Dear Velva,
Lovely to find your blog - and many thanks for stopping by at mine:) I loved your soup and recipes - I am very much a soup kind of person, and in Turkish cuisine, it is a major staple - they are always welcome : ) Yours is very much heart and soul warming too :) Will give your blog a link and mine and look forward to visiting again.
Cheers, Ozlem

Barbara said...

My sister is the soup-maker in our family, but I do make it once in a while and always like to have some in the freezer. This looks wonderful, Velva. Chock full of goodies and very comforting.

cquek said...

Oh this sounds so, so good. I have about a million things on my fall "to make" list but this one WILL be made

Kitchen Belleicious said...

Oh i love the noodles you used for your soup and I am just like you- texas is by no means cold or even cool but we are cooler than normal for now and I am already pulling out all my soup recipes. this chicken noodle looks amazing

The Japanese Redneck said...

Looks good, neat looking pasta too!

teresa said...

we often have the same soup debate. i'm on your side though, soup anytime! this looks wonderful, i love those big fat noodles!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Soul uplifting and wonderfully comforting!

Cheers,

Rosa

Catherine said...

Dear Velva, A delicious chicken soup was my father's favorite meal. Chicken soup holds a special place in my heart.
It is a healthy and delicious meal served with a nice loaf of bread to dip. Wonderful!
I am looking forward to the cooler weather too.
Blessings dearest. Catherine xoxo

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Chicken soup is good for what ever ails you. Sometimes it just plain delicious and on a snowy day, an absolute must. Looks like a good recipe!

Chris said...

Funny, we hit soup mode this week too. Last night the hot wing soup and tonight, homemade mushroom soup. The temps were under 50f and it was rainy and I LOVED it.

Maybe chicken soup tomorrow night? :)

Rebecca Subbiah said...

so happy you finally added a pic my friend and great soup

Jay said...

wow...looks totally yummm...
Tasty Appetite

Joanne said...

I'm on your side of this argument. Soup! ANytime! All the time! This sounds great!

Mimi said...

What a great way to kick off the soup season. We eat Sunday soup all fall and winter, but fall is a little late in arriving in our neck of the woods this year.
MImi

We Are Not Martha said...

Yum! No way the husband can roll his eyes to this! Looks so delicious :)

Sues

Claudia said...

I can live on this. And sometimes do. Love the welcoming photo. It's 40 degrees here! Soup's on!

Reeni Pisano said...

We are of the same mind - soup is good for the soul all year long. This is hearty, delicious and so welcoming!

grace said...

i feel like this is the 50th chicken noodle soup i've seen today--i guess it really is that time of year! of all i've seen, this is one of the finest. :)

Rashida Shaikh said...

This is so good feel like slurp it now... :)

Marigene said...

I don't even like chicken soup, but this looks wonderfully delicious!

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