Friday, January 13, 2012

Soups On!

My poor hubby is sick. Coughing, stuffy nose, tired and achy kind of sick. I feel bad for him. Especially since I'm a major germaphobe and refuse to let him touch anything.

ME          "Here, let me change the channel for you. I don't want you to touch the remote."
HIM         "I just washed my hands!"
ME           "I'll still do it for you. I really don't want to get sick."

On the bright side, I'm a nurturer. So you get pretty spoiled when you're sick in my house. Today I made some Chicken Noodle Soup to hopefully make the hubby feel better. He is normally the chicken soup chef but he taught me well, so I thought I'd share with y'all.

1 Whole Chicken
1 bunch of celery
3 carrots
1 onion, peeled
1 clove garlic, peeled
2 bay leaves
1 bunch parsley (if you have some)
1 1/2 cup uncooked Ditalini Noodles (or noodle of your preference)
salt and pepper

Place the whole chicken into a large pot and cover with water. Cut the celery, 1 carrot and onion into large pieces. Add the veggies, garlic, bay leaves and parsley to the pot. Add a tsp of salt and 1/2 tsp of pepper. Or whatever looks good to you. I don't measure.

It should look something like this.

Cover and cook at a low boil for about 3 hours. Check the water level every hour or so and add water if needed about 1/2 way through cooking time. After 2 hours, taste your liquid and salt/pepper to taste.

Dice the other 2 carrots and set aside.

The chicken is done when it falls off the bone when you touch it (with a spoon, silly. It's HOT). Remove the chicken and veggies. Toss the veggies into the trash. They've served their purpose. At this point, you may strain your liquid to ensure all the chunks of veggies are removed. I use a skimmer to remove my chicken and veggies so I skip the straining step

My Skimmer

Add the chopped carrots to the boiling water. Let them cook for 2 minutes, then add the pasta. While the pasta cooks, de bone the chicken and chop or shred into little pieces. When the pasta is cooked to al dente add the chicken back to the pot and simmer for another 5 minutes or so. Then serve it up with some chopped parsley for garnish.


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