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OMG! Everyone I know is getting sick! Betsy's Chicken Noodle Soup to the rescue!!! Posted on 08 Feb 09:47 , 0 comments

I'm not one to brag but a lot of people tell me I make the best Chicken Noodle soup and since everyone I know is getting sick, I figured it was time to share my recipe with all of you but first here's a little info on why it's so good for you!

Studies have shown that a hearty bowl of chicken soup may help you to clear nasal congestion and have a mild anti-inflammatory effect that can help ease cold symptoms. Chicken noodle soup makes a great fallback for the cold winter days because of all its wonderful nutrients.

Ok, here we go!

First get a whole chicken and put it in your pot. I know not very sexy...it gets better I promise!

Next cut up 1 onion, a couple of carrots, a couple stalks of celery and smash 2-3 whole cloves of garlic, 1 tsp of pink sea salt (or whatever you have on hand) and 1/2 tsp pepper, 1 tsp of poultry seasoning (this is a game changer that makes my soup taste amazing!) These can be a very rough cut! And if you don't have whole cloves of garlic use 1 tsp. of garlic powder.

 

 

Put everything in the pot including the onion skin. Hey, Martha Stewart says this give the broth a beautiful golden color. If it's good enough for Martha, it's good enough for me!! And fill with water.

Next put a lid on it and put it in the oven for 2-3 hours at 350 degrees.

Now go put your feet up and watch "This is Us" (if you're not watching this you should! It's an amazing show. Start from the beginning it is on "On Demand" NBC) or do your favorite activity while this is cooking! After 2-3 hours take out the pot and it will look like this...

It's all golden brown and smells heavenly!! Now you have to let it cool for about 1/2 to 1 hour.

While you're waiting for the chicken to cool you can cut new vegetables. I use 1 diced onion, 5 sliced carrots, 2 sliced stalks of celery, and 1/2 cup of corn. The corn gives it a nice little crunch. You can also add a chopped up potato if you want. Sit these aside.

At this point I also make my homemade noodles! You don't have to, you can use some nice bow ties or egg noodles and skip the noodle making section!  But I love making my homemade noodles! They are sooooo good! Here's the way I make the noodles... You need 2 eggs (beaten), 1/2 tsp salt. 1 1/2 cups flour (1 cup for the noodles and 1/2 cup for coat the rolling pin and bread board)  and 1 egg shell full of milk.

Put all those ingredients in a bowl and mix with your hands and kneed for a couple minutes until you have a nice dough that looks like this. And wrap with saran wrap and let sit at least 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes cut the dough in half, flour your bread board and rolling pin and get busy rolling out that beautiful dough out to a nice thin sheet. I know old school! Flip it over as you go and sprinkle with more flour. Don't skimp on the flour.

Roll out very thin until it looks like this...

Spread flour on the top and roll up like a jelly roll and cut like this...

Then I unroll my noodles and cut it to my desired size, I like my noodles on the wide side and about 4 inches long. Do what ever you want! These are your creation!! Make sure they are covered with flour or they stick together!!!

Continue until all cut and then do the rest of the dough. I stack my noodles and let them dry a little bit! Sit aside.

 Now back to the soup...

After it's cooled enough for you to handle, remove the chicken and strain the broth into another pot!

Now at this point I remove the chicken meat from the bones. My family is kind of picky so I only use the white meat for my soup. But don't worry I don't waste the rest, I remove the bones from the rest of the chicken and let my parents dogs eat the dark meat and the skin. They love it!

At this point I add 1 quart of organic chicken stock to the broth.  Now take your broth and add all the veggies and bring to a boil and let boil for about 15-20 minutes

After 20 minutes add the noodles. Now the person I got the noodle recipe from said her grandma added the noodles and scraped the board and added the remaining flour also. Do that if you make the noodles! It makes the soup a little bit thick and sooo tasty!

Bring down to a simmer and let simmer for another 15 minutes! Add additional salt and pepper if you need!

At this point I add in the shredded chicken just to heat it up not to cook it any more.

Now here is your finished soup! Impressive right?? You can eat it all or share it with your friends and family. And you can put the hot leftovers in mason jars, let cool on counter. Then put in fridge. It will keep a week or so. And it's nice to have something easy to heat up right in the fridge!

Now go make a big pot of Chicken Noodle Soup and Enjoy!!

p.s. this is also my granddaughter Irie's favorite meal! No kidding! She always requests it for her birthday dinner! She's the cutest!!