it’s finally getting cold in texas and i can already feel the allergies and colds in my future. after all of the excitement and traveling from the holidays, my husband and i needed a relaxing evening at home with some comfort food. i decided to make chicken noodle soup!
this soup is so easy, hearty and yummy. i’m already excited for leftovers!
i started off by unpacking a 3-4 lb whole chicken and rinsing it in the sink. i haven’t cooked with a whole chicken before and as i was rinsing it, all of the gizzards and insides shot out into the sink. it surprised me and i had a little laugh. i placed the whole chicken into a deep dutch oven and covered with water.
cook on medium heat with a simmer for about an hour until the chicken is falling off of the bone. in the meantime, begin cutting up the veggies.
ps- yes that is coors light in the background of the photo- we are super classy.
you will need 1 onion, 3-4 stalks of celery and 3-4 carrots. these are the ingredients that make up classic mirepoix. mirepoix is the base for a lot of soups and stews.
after giving the veggies a rough chop, mince 3-4 cloves of garlic depending on how much you like.
after all of the veggies are prepped, pull out some spices. of course, you can really use whatever you have in your cupboard. i used 3 bay leaves, 1 tablespoon of poultry seasoning, 1 teaspoon ground thyme, 1 teaspoon ground sage and two tablespoons of emeril’s cajun essence seasoning. i couldn’t help but give this soup some BAM! you could also add some rosemary or fresh thyme.
when the chicken is fully cooked, remove the entire chicken and place on a plate until it has cooled down. in the meantime, add the veggies, salt, pepper and other seasonings to the broth. cook for 15 minutes on a slow simmer until the veggies are softened.
once the veggies have softened, remove the bay leaves and add a few cups or handfuls of egg noodles. i used some wonderful amish egg noodles that i bought from out local grocery store. cook the noodles according to the directions on their package. meanwhile, shred the chicken from the bone.
once the noodles are cooked, add the chicken to the broth and bring to a boil, then turn off the heat and serve.
yummy – i love this soup!!