Homemade Chicken and Noodle Soup

Since January is National Soup Month and there is no better feel-good-food for the common cold and seasonal flu than homemade Chicken and Noodle Soup, here is a version I have been making as of late. It makes a gallon of soup which means you have dinner and lunch for days! Freeze leftovers so you have it when you need it the most—when you are sick and absolutely do not feel like cooking. Enjoy!

Instructions

Make the Broth:

  • Using a large stock pot, melt 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat.
  • Add the onions and garlic and sauté for 3-5 minutes or until they become translucent.
  • Pour in the water and add the salt, pepper, vinegar, and chicken.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer.
  • Spoon off any foam that forms on the top.
  • Add the thyme and bay leaves, cover with a lid and simmer for at least 45 minutes or up to 2 hours. This will be your chicken broth.

 

Shred the Chicken:

  • Turn off the heat and remove the chicken thighs using tongs.
  • Set aside on a cutting board and allow to cool.
  • Once cool, discard the skin and bones and shred the meat.

 

Cook the Veggies:

  • Meanwhile, using a different large stock pot, melt the remaining tablespoon of butter over medium heat.
  • Add the celery and carrots, stirring to coat with butter.
  • Pour the broth into the celery and carrots.
  • Bring to a boil then simmer for 30 minutes or until the veggies are fork tender.
  • Add the pasta and the chicken, making sure the soup remains at a simmer (I usually have to raise the heat to get the boil going again then reduce back down to a simmer).
  • Allow the soup to cook an additional 15-20 minutes or until the noodles are al dente.
  • Stir in the parsley and season with salt and pepper.

Recipe Credit

Beth Blessing (Organic Beth) has a Masters in Nutrition and is the co-founder of Green Bean Delivery. She is a mother of three that loves supporting family farms and searching for unique, artisanal products. Her goal is to help others eat better and live a more natural, holistic life through healthy recipes and practical tips. Follow her on Facebook: @OrganicBeth