I make soup like this based on what's freshest, and what I have on hand. More of a technique than a real recipe, but always light and satisfying. You can use more ingredients than specified, but will need more broth, too.
This is a refinement of a recipe I created when my boyfriend was sick, and I wanted to make chicken noodle soup from what we had on hand. For the authentic poor college student version - use 1 can of Swanson's chicken broth + 1 cup water, and a brick of ramen noodles. I get nostalgic just thinking about it.
But I like this version better.
I came up with this recipe the other day when my daughter and I both were dealing with a miserable head cold. I was craving a nice, hot bowl of soup, but felt too lousy to try to cook everything from scratch. This was the result. I use minced garlic in a jar, and the type of veggies I used were the kind for making soup, not stew. But it's a very flexible recipe. Feel free to use more chicken, if you like.
This is a variation on my family's favorite chicken soup that I have already posted here. Lots of carrots and parsnips give it more of a sweet savor. The parsley actually balances the sweetness, though. To balance this effect, use the optional parsley, which is just slightly bitter. Sometimes I also add a diced turnip if I have one. For the noodles, I like to use tagliolini nests, which you can usually find in the imported pasta section. I prefer a thin noodle for this soup, but you can certainly use whatever is your preference.
A nice hearty recipe. Freezes well.
Sometimes I add a little minced garlic. It tastes good and is a nice soup for colds and flu and easy to prepare. I usually use chicken already prepared from the freezer and you can substitute dried carrots, onions and celery for fresh veg.
I love this soup. Very rich and creamy. I serve it with biscuits and honey. My kids even like the leftovers for breakfast the next morning. I actually like to add the chicken and vegetables first before the noodles and cook for an hour or so, then add the cream mix and noodles and simmer on the back of the stove for a couple of hours. I love having the smell of the soup cooking all day.
All of you "Zaarites" know what C.O.R.N. means, but for those of you that might not,
it means C lean O ut R efrigerator N ight. I had a lot of leftover veggies and some frozen cooked chicken and I came up with this. If you like a soup with lots of noodles and a lot of chicken, this might be what you are hunting for. The longer you let in simmer after adding the pasta, the better it tastes. If you try it I hope you enjoy it. Posted March 11th, 2006.
This is the season to be stocking up on your pantry supplies for Chicken Soup.....Colds and Flu travel so quickly from one family member to the next.....Chicken Soup has to be a winter staple.
Healthy...Low Salt..Low Fat
Dietary Exchanges per serving: 1/2 starch, 3 very lean meat
Carbohydrate choices: 1