This recipe is from the days that Paula Deen started "The Bag Lady", where her sons would go out and sell their mother's meals. The recipe is courtesy of Paula Deen, 2003 Television Food Network. She was very overwhelmed when she cooked this soup and it looked very good! Hope to be trying it very soon. 05/08/07 Update . .DELICIOUS, did change a few things around - first added carrots and celery to the stock, as well as dill (it really makes the soup even better.)
- 2 1⁄2-3 lbs broiler-fryer chickens, cut up
- 3 1⁄2 quarts water
- 1 onion, peeled and diced
- 2 teaspoons italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 4 bay leaves
- 3 chicken bouillon cubes
- kosher salt, to taste
- fresh ground black pepper
- 2 cups sliced carrots
- 2 cups sliced celery, leaves as well
- 2 1⁄2 cups uncooked egg noodles
- 1 cup sliced mushrooms
- 3 tablespoons parsley, chopped
- 1⁄3 cup cooking sherry
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
- 1 cup grated parmesan cheese (optional)
- 3⁄4 cup heavy cream (optional)
- seasoning salt, to taste
- fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- crusty French bread, for serving
- FOR THE STOCK:.
- Add all ingredients to a soup pot.
- Cook until chicken is tender, about 35-45 minutes.
- Remove chicken from pot and set aside to cool.
- Remove and discard bay leaves and onion.
- You should have approximately 3 quarts of stock.
- When chicken is cool enough to touch, pick bones clean, discarding bone, skin and cartilage.
- Set chicken aside.
- FOR THE SOUP:.
- Bring stock back to a boil.
- Add carrots, and cook for 3 minutes,.
- Add celery and continue to cook for 5-10 minutes.
- Add egg noodles and cook according to package instructions.
- When noodles are done; add chicken, mushrooms, parsley, sherry and rosemary.
- Add Parmesan and cream, if using.
- Cook for another 2 minutes.
- Adjust seasoning, if needed, by adding seasoning salt and pepper.
- Enjoy along with a nice hot crusty loaf of French bread.
This reminds me of the way my grandmother made chicken noodle soup. I did this in two steps--made the stock and deboned the chicken, chilled the stock in the refrigerator and then removed the fat that settled at the top. Next day, I made made the soup. This has such wonderful flavor and would be good anytime, but especially when you feel blah. This is a great recipe-Thanks for sharing it.
This is the BEST Chicken noodle soup ever! Definitely don't hold out on that cream and parmesan--it really makes this a dish to rave about. Also, I use 1 package of the frozen egg noodles for this--the brand we have here is "Grandma's." The frozen noodles are WAY better and truly taste homemade. This is an outstanding 10-star soup!
Really great. I did make some changes: 1) used 3 skinless/boneless chicken breasts 2) only used 2 pkgs. of chicken bouillon 3) only removed bay leaves from stock 4) skipped mushrooms, cream and cheese. Took just over an hour (was in a hurry) and made a terrific healthy lunch.