gluten free / dairy free / grain free option
Since we seem to be firmly back in the winter season (WTF…it’s April people!!!) I mournfully decided to continue on my journey with soups. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE soups but I am pretty ready to move on to warmer weather recipes. Unfortunately, the cold/flu season is still in full effect at my house (I am sniffling as I type) so soups are always a great way to fight a cold. As a kid, there was nothing better when I had a cold than my mom’s chicken noodle soup. It’s made from scratch with a rich and hearty stock but is still simple to throw together. Which is key when you have sick kiddos who want to snuggle. It also makes a big pot so you can freeze some for the next round of colds that hit your house. Enjoy!! nom nom
1 (3 ½-4 #) organic whole fryer chicken
8-10 cups low sodium chicken broth
1/2 tsp dried basil
1 TBS fresh parsley or ½ TBS dried parsley
¼ tsp celery salt
¼ tsp garlic powder
1 bay leaf
2 tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper
4 medium carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
1 medium onion, diced
1 cup noodles; I prefer Tinkyada noodles; but if you don’t need GF noodles egg noodles are what the original recipe calls for. (see side note below on prep for GF noodles)
- Combine the first 9 ingredients in a large dutch oven or soup pot. Cook for 1 ½ hours on medium low-medium heat or until chicken is tender.
- Remove chicken and discard the bay leave. Allow chicken to cool, remove meat from bone, dice and set aside.
- Bring chicken broth to a boil, add carrots and onion. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes
- Add meat and noodles and simmer an additional 15 minutes
Side Note: If you are using GF noodles do not add them to the soup in step 4. Gluten free noodles tend drink up all the liquid in soups leaving you with little to no broth and they turn your soup into a thick stew (I learned this the hard way). If you do add the GF noodles in at Step 4 you will have to add chicken broth to your soup for subsequent servings but that will water down the flavor of the soup. So, just prepare your GF noodles seperately and add them to your individual serving of soup.