Let's just note...I'm a baker. I mean, I can cook a mean meal, but baking is my comfort zone. I've never made soup from scratch, so I turned to the infallible Pioneer Woman to see what soups she had fixed up. So because you can never go wrong with Ree, do yourself a favor and when you catch your first cold this winter make this, love this, thank God for this, and heck, hook it up to an IV and absorb it... it's that wonderful.
*Just a few notes:
-for some odd reason my grocery store did not have white pepper anywhere, and I randomly found it in a pepper mill for some stupid amount of money (but I bought it anyway because I figure it'll last forever).
-even though I diced up my veggies real small and super uniform they took FOREVER to cook. I'd say I cooked them probably and extra 40 mins or so after eating the first bowl and realizing the veggies were still crunchy.
-also, I'd add more salt, and I'm not a salt person... but then again I'm also sick and my taste buds are WAY outtawhack.
Homemade Chicken and Noodles from The Pioneer Woman [try it with a PB&J :) ]
- 1 whole Cut Up Fryer Chicken
- 2 whole Carrots, Diced
- 2 stalks Celery, Diced
- ½ whole Medium Onion, Diced (optional)
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- ½ teaspoons Turmeric
- ¼ teaspoons White Pepper (more To Taste)
- ¼ teaspoons Ground Thyme
- 2 teaspoons Parsley Flakes
- 16 ounces, weight Frozen Reames "homemade" Egg Noodles (available in the frozen food section)
- 3 Tablespoons All-purpose Flour
Remove chicken from pot with a slotted spoon. With two forks, remove as much meat from the bones as you can, slightly shredding meat in the process. Return bones to broth and simmer on low, covered, for 45 minutes.
Remove bones from broth with a slotted spoon, making sure to get any small bones that might have detached.
Add the carrots and celery (and onions, if using) to the pot, followed by the herbs and spices. Stir to combine and simmer for ten minutes to meld flavors.
Increase heat and add frozen egg noodles and chicken. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes.
Mix flour and a little water. Stir until smooth. Pour into soup, stir to combine, and simmer for another 5 minutes, or until broth thickens a bit. Test and adjust seasonings as needed.