Chicken Noodle Soup

When the weather outside is frightful sounds like a great time for soup!! One our favorite things to do during winter is watch a wonderful Christmas movie, snuggle with the dogs, and enjoy a nice hot bowl of soup and a grilled cheese sandwich.

There are just 2 movies that I watch every single year for Christmas. Whenever I wrap Christmas presents I always watch The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. I have been obsessed with this movie ever since I was a kid and I love the remake as well! My other Christmas obsession is Muppet Christmas Carol! I mean come on……does it get any more warm and fuzzy than Muppets telling a feel good tale?!?! I freaking love Muppets.

With feel good movies you need to have a feel good meal! Voila!

This soup is really flavorful and warms you right down to your toes! I especially love it with homemade noodles. Makes for a very hearty meal any soup lover will gobble down! 

Ingredients

  • 3 large Chicken Breasts
  • 1 large Onion, finely diced
  • 3 Carrots, diced
  • 4 stalks of Celery, sliced
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp Grapeseed oil
  • 10 Cups Water
  • 7 Chicken Buillion Cubes
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 Cup Parsley, finely chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Noodles

  • 2 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • If you don’t want to make noodles you can buy egg noodles or a fun shaped pasta

In a large pot over medium heat add the Grapeseed oil and onion, carrots, garlic and celery. Season with salt and pepper and saute for about 5 minutes until the veggies are slightly softened. Add the water, buillion cubes, bay leaves, red pepper flakes, parsley, and whole  chicken breasts.

Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 45 minutes.

If you are making the homemade noodles you can use your counter top or a large mixing bowl. Combine all the ingredients and knead for 3-5 minutes until the dough becomes firm. You may need to add flour or water to get the right consistency. Not too sticky and not too dry and crumbly. Divide dough into 4 sections. You can either use a pasta rolling machine or a rolling pin on a floured surface. Roll the dough somewhere between 1/4 and 1/8 inch. Use a pizza cutter to cut noodles into your desired length.

Remove chicken and let cool a bit. Chop up the chicken into small bite size pieces. Return to pot. Add noodles. Cook for another 5 minutes until noodles are fully cooked. Salt and pepper to taste.

Serve up with crackers, crusty bread or a grilled cheese sandwhich!!

 

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