Saturday, November 19, 2011

Chicken Noodle Soup for the Soul

so, i'm no cooking expert, but i know that when i started cooking (aka when i got married) i had no idea where to start. so i thought i would post a cooking how-to for all my fellow newbies out there. this is my first go at making chicken soup, so now i can tell all of you guys what to do and what not to do:)

here's what you will need:
2 carrots
2 stalks of celery
2 32oz. boxes of chicken stock
1/2 bag of egg noodles (8oz, aka half the bag)
3 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 onion
2 bay leaves
1 tsp. thyme
2 tsp. parsley
3. tsp. pepper
4 cloves of garlic
1 tsp. salt
1 lb. chicken

1. the first thing i found useful when making soup was making sure everything was prepped. this includes pre-cutting all of your vegetables, mincing your garlic, setting out all needed spices and other ingredients, and defrosting your chicken.

2. place large pot onto stove and turn onto medium heat. pour olive oil into pot, pour carrots, celery, onion, and garlic in pot along with 1 tsp. thyme, 2 cloves minced garlic, and 2 bay leaves and stir for 6 minutes. after six minutes pour both boxes of chicken stock into pot and stir. bring to boil.

3. while your veggies are cooking and soup is starting to boil, go ahead and start cooking your chicken by coating pan with 1 tbsp. olive oil and seasoning with 1 tsp. of parsley, 1 tsp. pepper, and 2 cloves of minced garlic. to make cooking faster i often cut chicken into thinner slices. after 5 minutes cooking on medium-medium high heat, turn chicken over for another 5-10 minutes. chicken is done when there is no pink left in the middle.

4. after chicken is done cooking remove from pan and let cool. you will need to then shred the chicken. i did this by putting chicken into a pan and using a fork to shred chicken across in a vertical direction.

5. once broth is brought to a boil, pour egg noodles in and add the remainder of your spices including parsley, pepper, salt, garlic. let cook for about 6 minutes until cooked through. reduce heat to a simmer and add shredded chicken. allow to simmer for another 5 minutes until noodles are cooked through. you can add more seasoning to taste if you wish. woolah! you have chicken noodle soup!

hope this tutorial helped you out. let me know how yours turns out!


1 comment:

  1. oh yum! the recipe i make is a little different but yours looks so yummy - i think i'll have to try it next time!


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