Monday, July 1, 2013

Easy & Healthy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

At this point, I really shouldn't be amazed at how many of Andie's recipes have catapulted to my favorites list.  Every recipe so far has been flavorful, looked beautiful, and been relatively foolproof (at least for this kitchen klutz).

My guy pointed out that I have a major blog crush, and he's totally right!  Although I first popped over to her blog for an incredible dessert, the healthy recipes have been the ones that kept me around.  I mean, the girl lost over a hundred pounds, so it can't be all brownies and whoopie pies.  :)

This recipe is so easy, healthy, and delicious that it's now on heavy rotation here at Casa de Vintage Zest.  It's the trifecta of what I look for in a recipe!





Easy & Healthy Chicken Noodle Soup
Adapted from Can You Stay for Dinner

Ingredients
2 quarts chicken broth, preferably homemade using this recipe
1 whole chicken, 4-5 lbs, shredded (you can use rotisserie, or use this easy recipe)

6 large carrots, roughly chopped
8 stalks celery, roughly chopped
1 1/2 medium onion, chopped

2 bay leaves
3 sprigs fresh thyme
2 sprigs parsley
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

2 cups small pasta noodles of your choice


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Directions

1. Bring the stock to a boil in a large stockpot.

2. Add the carrots, celery, onion, bay leaves, salt, black pepper, and fresh thyme.  Simmer for 30 minutes, until the veggies are soft.

3. Add all of the chicken meat to the pot and stir to combine. Simmer for 15 minutes.

4. Add the pasta noodles and simmer for another 15 minutes.

5. Remove the bay leaves and thyme.

6. Enjoy!


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Yes, it's the easiest recipe ever.  Then why does it taste so darn good?  It's definitely the homemade stock that imparts all of its yummy goodness into the soup.  The chicken itself is fall apart tender, so I I can't say for sure how good it will be using a storebought stock and chicken, but it's so easy to make my own, I doubt that I'll ever try it otherwise!

It may be hot out, but this is definitely a staple for my daily menu this summer.  :)

What is one of your summer staples?




9 comments:

  1. I love the name of your blog and your header image!

    Thanks for linking up the to Friend Connect Blog Hop today!

    Co-Host // Justynn

    Creative Life Antics

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  2. I love Andie too! I use her marinara recipe often. I really want to try the buffalo wrap things.

    Steph

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  3. yum! chicken noodle is the best when I'm sick..like right now.
    Thanks for sharing!
    :) Liz @ www.rusticpeach.com

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  4. Oh no! A bowl of soup always makes me feel a bit better, especially when it's accompanied by blanket and a DVR full of shows. :)

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  5. Cooked up a batch of your chicken soup recipe this morning - smells delicious! It sounded like a great option to take to work for lunch, I love homemade soup for lunch even in summer! Thanks for sharing the recipe....my daughter said it smells wonderful and can't wait to try it too :)

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  6. Great! It makes the whole house smell wonderful, doesn't it? I'm a year-round soup lover too!

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  7. This looks delicious! I'm the same way, even though it's hot out, sometimes there is nothing better than a nice hot bowl of homemade soup. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I just love this classic soup, it looks delicious! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great summer weekend and come back to see me real soon!
    Miz Helen

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  9. Looks soo delicious! Thanks for linking up.
    KC

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