It’s January! The best month out of the year. The first month, my birthday month.
But one of the other great things about January is the cold weather that we finally get in this hot southern state. And cold weather means SOUP! I’m not a huge soup eater but sometimes I crave it. And today was one of those days.
And nothing beats a homemade Chicken Noodle Soup. I tend to go all out using homemade chicken broth I keep frozen in my freezer but if you don’t have any substitute your favorite store bought brother. And if you want to save even more time, grab a rotisserie chicken from the deli section as well. Just keep an eye on the salt levels.
My kid prefers alphabet noodles so she can spell out her name, the rest of us prefer wide egg noodles. But this is also great with orzo, rice, couscous or even barley. Cook the pasta separately (but in chicken broth) so it doesn’t soak up all the delicious broth from the soup.
You can also add some last minute spinach for an extra boost of green veggies. The thing about Chicken Noodle Soup is, it’s so basic you can make it what you want. I love thyme, lemon and leeks added to mine. If you don’t like any of those flavors grab your favorites. This soup is so forgiving.
- 3 quarts chicken broth or water (homemade or store bought)
- 1/2lb wide egg noodles
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup onions, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup leeks, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup carrots, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup celery, roughly chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup of white wine (optional)
- 1 bay leaf
- 6 qts chicken broth (homemade or store bought)
- 1 cup cooked chicken torn to pieces
- 1 lemon, plus zest
- 5 sprigs fresh thyme
- course ground pepper
- In a large stock pot of dutch oven, heat oil over med-low heat
- Sweat onions, celery, carrots and leeks until soft (season with a tsp of salt and pepper) and they begin to release their own juice
- Stir in garlic and lemon zest and cook for 2 minutes
- Add white wine if using allow it to reduce for 5 minutes
- Add broth and bay leaf, simmer for 1 hour
- Add chicken simmer for another 15 minutes
- Add juice of 1 lemon
- *If you are going to eat soup immediately you can cook the noodles in the soup now*
- Finish with fresh thyme and salt and pepper to taste.
- Remove bay leaf before serving
- Cook noodles according to the package, omitting additional salt