Mennonite Noodle Soup
photo by Chef floWer
- Ready In:
- 2hrs 45mins
- 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.
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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.
I'm Mennonite - lived in the Paraguayan colonies and speak platduetch even. This is really not the soup from the Russian line of Mennonites. Ours doesn't cheat with chicken broth, we make our own broth. You basically take the above recipe, but add 6 quarts of water, a whole onion, two carrots, a half bunch of ITALIAN parsley, and 5 cloves. Even better if you add 6 chicken gizzards to it.
I have a Mennonite/Amish background but this recipe is similar to the Mennonite side of the family. (Minnesota/North Dakota/Nebraska/Oregon) This is the recipe my grandma and my mom made. (I have three different chicken noodle soup recipes that I use including this one) It has to be a cinnamon stick, not ground cinnamon. This recipe is the one mom used and she would take the cinnamon stick out before adding the noodles. You don't taste the cinnamon. It just imparts a wonderful flavor to the soup. Mom would put the whole black peppers in a strainer with chain and hang into the pot. I like them in the soup so I can crunch on them while eating the soup!
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