Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs 30 mins
This is a recipe from my Mother in Law who was from a Mennonite family in Manitoba. This soup Is common there, and they just call it simply "Noodle Soup". This will be unlike any other Chicken Noodle you have had. There are healing qualities in the cinnamon and anise, a great elixer for colds/flu. I love it, hope you do too!
- 1 (3 -4 lb) roasting chickens
- 2 quarts chicken broth (premade or store bought will do)
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 pinch pepper
- 1⁄2 cinnamon stick
- 3 whole star anise (if you can't find star anise seed in it's whole form, then use anise seed, take a spice ball and fil)
- 3 tablespoons butter
- fine egg noodles, the really thin skinny kind
- Skin the chicken so it is not so fatty.
- Put chicken and broth in a big pot.
- Add anise, bay leaves, pepper and cinnamon stick.
- Simmer for 2- 2 1/2 hours, skimming off foam occasionally.
- Add butter and simmer for about 1/2 hour.
- Remove the chicken and pull meat off carcass, place in a separate bowl.
- Skim off any remaining fat from broth.
- Cook your noodles in clean water and place in another separate bowl.
- To serve, fill your own bowl with noodles and meat desired, pour hot broth over top.
I also having a mennonite background from Manitoba have been eating this soup for years. we dont' put the cinnamon in our and our pinch of pepper is lots. It tastes wonderful and cures all sickness's.
This has to be a prairie soup! Other then using chicken pieces I made as posted. Had no idea that the star anise I had added to my spice collection awhile back could add so much to chicken soup! Would that I could make fine noodles like my grandmother used to make! Great chicken soup! Thank you Leslie and be sure to thank Wayne for sharing this soup recipe that I now have in our family favorites cookbook.
I have a nasty case of bronchitis right now. This soup is so soothing and has really helped. But you can make it just because it tastes great! No bronchitis required to enjoy! I won't go into how soothing this soup is and talk about disgusting things like how it breaks down mucous and clears stuffy noses... a review should entice you to make it not disgust you! :-) And another great point is... it is so simple even a caveman can do it. I know... because my Neanderthal BF Dugan made it for me. And he can't even flip a fried egg without breaking it. Good soup.