Rainy Days and Homemade Soup

It was a rainy day here yesterday and one of my little ones was home sick with pneumonia, so it just seemed like a homemade chicken noodle soup kind of day.

I hope you don’t mind me stepping away from the home decor and furniture makeovers for a moment and sharing with you one of my favorite recipes.

 I really do think it has some healing properties and it just tastes so yummy! untitled-design Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Ingredients:

Whole raw chicken

about 6 celery stalks (I like the inner stalks with the leaves for the beginning broth, dice the other three)

about 6 – 8 peeled carrots (peeled and diced)

1 whole peeled onion

3/4 cup dry noodles (orzo, alphabet, egg noodles or small shells – it’s really your preference)

cup of frozen peas

10 whole peppercorns

2 tsp. salt

 

Seasonings for Bouquet Garni: 1 bay leaf

2 peeled garlic cloves

about 10 whole peppercorns

dried parsley, italian seasoning or fresh oregano and thyme

one coffee or tea filter

 

First place the chicken in a large stock pot and fill with water until the chicken is covered. untitled-design-1 Then add one peeled carrot, center celery stalks with leaves still on (these are usually smaller and I add about 3), a peeled whole onion and about ten whole peppercorns and 2 tsp. of salt to the pot and place on the stove on high heat.

This is when I make and add a bouquet garni which is a small pouch of herbs that add flavor to the soup.  I made a short video explaining how I do this.

Let the pot come to a boil and then reduce heat to continue simmering.  

I usually let it simmer for about 3 hours or until the chicken is falling off the bone.   img_2186 At that point I remove it from the heat and let cool a little.

 I remove the chicken and cut it into small pieces, removing all bones and skin.

 I strain the rest of the broth through a fine mesh strainer into another stock pot, removing all vegetables and bouquet garni and discarding them.

I then add to this broth – the peeled and diced carrots, diced celery, peas, noodles, diced chicken and additional salt to taste.

img_2274 Let this come to a boil and simmer for about an additional 1/2 hour. img_2279 Then serve with some crusty bread and enjoy! Fondly, Michelle

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