Monday, August 31, 2015

Enhanced Chicken Noodle Soup

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If I can't have chocolate and ice cream to comfort me in sickness and misery, then I will turn to delicious chicken broth. This soup has a fantastic taste and all the comforts of home. Be sure to start with a good stock. Check out my post, The Best Chicken Bone Broth in 2 Simple Ways, to make your own or get your favorite from the store. I always turn to the kind in the tetra packs when I don't have any homemade on hand. They seem to taste better than the canned variety and seem to have more of the good vegetables in them.

The enhanced part comes about by way of all the extra vegetables I add to the stock as the chicken is cooking. More flavor equals better soup!

My family loved this. It made enough to eat for a few meals afterward. My two youngest (ages 1 and 3) wanted to drink the broth plain - it was that good!

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It was a one-pot meal. I didn't even thaw the chicken thighs I put into it. For those days when you just want to throw food into a pan and forget about it for a while, this soup is for you.



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Enhanced Chicken Noodle Soup


4 frozen chicken thighs (Mine were large, but you can add more if you want.)
6 cloves of garlic, smashed and peeled (1-2 minced tablespoons depending on the size of the clove)
3 carrots, trimmed and cut in half
2 celery stalks, trimmed and cut in half
1 onion, roughly chopped
1 bay leaf
1 quart chicken stock
8 oz egg noodles
1 lb summer squash or zucchini, quartered lengthwise then sliced widthwise

1. Put the 2 quarts stock, chicken, garlic, carrots, celery, onion, and bay leaf into a large stock pot. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. With the lid on, simmer for 45 minutes to an hour or until the chicken is done.
2. Strain everything out. Return the broth to the pan. Save the carrots and chicken. Throw everything else away.
3. Add the extra 1 quart broth to the pan along with the noodles. Bring to a boil then simmer 7-9 minutes until the noodles are as soft as you like them. Meanwhile chop the chicken and carrots into bite-sized pieces.
4. Toss in the summer squash, chicken, and carrots. Cook another 5 or so minutes until the squash is tender.
5. Serve hot!

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46 comments:

  1. Mmm... this looks and sounds like the perfect soup for a cool autumn evening. Thank you for sharing such a tasty recipe with Roses of Inspiration. I will keep this in mind for fall days :)

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    1. I hope you love it! The flavor is so good.

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  2. This is really really helpful! num num!

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  3. Hi, thanks for visiting my blog. This recipe looks delicious. I have learned to use the trio of celery, onion and carrot in most vegetable soups. I'm getting a lot of yellow squash from the garden right now, and have been putting it in Ramen Noodle Soup because I'm basically cheap and lazy. Btw, a jarful of soup like this freezes really well for us.

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    1. Thanks for your tip! I love anything that freezes well. I usually don't have any leftover though. :) Next time I'll have to fill my big pot just so I can freeze some.

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  4. WONDERFUL and a great way to sneak in those extra veggies, lol. Featuring on my FB page. Carrie,A Mother's Shadow

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  5. This sounds so tasty and healthy. I make my own chicken broth which I believe is the healthiest. I love the idea of putting in the summer squash & zucchini. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted.

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    1. Thank you for sharing, Marla! Homemade broth is always the best.

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  6. I love the added squash to this yummy looking soup! Thank youy so much for sharing this over at MMM! :-)
    Cathy@threekidsandafish{dot}com

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    1. We had to use the squash somehow, and it fit in perfectly!

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  7. So healthy and appetizing! I love the thicker noodles as well. Thanks for sharing with us at #anythinggoes link up and hope you see you next week.

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    1. I forget how much I love eating egg noodles. They add a lot to dishes like this. Thanks for stopping by, Sue!

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  8. This sounds delicious and healthy! I love a good Chicken Noodle soup when I'm sick and so does my daughter. I'm pinning for future reference. Thanks for sharing with us at the Merry Monday Link Party!

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    1. You are welcome, Tiffany! Thanks for stopping by and pinning!

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  9. Looks amazing! In time for cold and flu season! Coming to you from #EspressosofFaith via #ALittleRnR.

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    1. I crave soup like this around this time of year. Thanks for commenting, Bonnie!

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    2. Thanks for coming by Espressos of Faith today as well! Blessings!

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  10. This looks tasty. What a great fall recipe. Thanks for sharing on Snickerdoodle Sunday. Pinned and Tweeted.

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    1. Thank you, Beverly! I'm so glad you agree.

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  11. Oh what a great soup!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you tomorrow!! Pinned!

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  12. This looks fabulous! Thank you for linking up at the Creative K Kids’ Tasty Tuesdays! It’s great to party with you! I have pinned your post to our Tasty Tuesdays Pinterest Board! I hope to see you again this week! xo

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    1. Thank you for adding me to your board! I really appreciate it.

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  13. This looks fantastic, we will love it! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thank you, Miz Helen! I'm so glad I found your party. :)

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  14. I love chicken soup and this recipe looks so good.
    Thanks for joining and sharing this recipe with us at Cooking and Crafting with J&J.
    We hope to see you again.
    Julie

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    1. It is definitely a winner in our house. Thanks for stopping by, Julie!

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  15. This looks so good, and the adorable blondie slurping on the broth is so adorable, she's convinced me that it's a recipe that needs to be made! And it's the time of year for soup, nice comforting warm soup!!! Thanks for the recipe. Pinning to add to our winter menu!

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    1. Ha! She is a sweetie. I'll have to use her to model my recipes more often. :) Thanks for pinning!

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  16. This will be perfect now that the cooler fall temperatures have arrived! I love the idea of adding summer squash to chicken noodle soup.

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    1. Yes, the squash is a bit different but fits in really nicely. Thanks for stopping by, Shannon.

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  17. This sounds so delicious! The sweet little girl has me sold on the broth. Pinning this to try! Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday.

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    1. Thank you! It looks like I need to put my baby in more of my posts. :)

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  18. This sounds like such a good recipe for this time of year!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  19. Thank you, Lela and Jess. I really think you'll love it. And thanks for the feature, Lela!

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  20. Oh so yummy and always good! We love Chicken Noodle Soup any time and it's a great way to give the kids all the veggies they might not like to eat otherwise!!!

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  21. It looks and sounds good, I will try with vegetable broth. In Calgary, weather is very cold, so soup is a very good idea, last evening I had sweet potato soup.

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  22. Nothing can beat Chicken Soup in terms of its nourishing benefits. Your addition of garlic just really ups the nutrition and antioxidant benefits. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing with the world!
    Hugs, Lynn

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  23. Chicken soup is so comforting. I love the additions that you made. Going to have to see if this will pass the test with my family. :)

    Erica

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  24. such a great idea - chicken soup will always be a favourite of mine and I think all kids love it.

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  25. I love one pot meals! it makes it so easy when everyone is sick and you have to take care of them (even when you are sick yourself!) this looks like a great family meal !

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  26. I really love this simple and classic chicken soup recipe:) Pinning!

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  27. We are all very sick in my house right now, so chicken soup is a must! This looks great!

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  28. Heavenly chicken soup. I can go on and on about it! Love making it, the house snells like "home". Love eating it, true comfort food!

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