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Friday, February 5, 2010

Our Favorite Chicken Noodle Soup

Being sick for an entire month means eating lots of soup. And when eating lots of soup it's inevitable that you'll consume some Chicken Noodle Soup along the way, it being the king of soup and all.

If you're cheap an experienced  cook like me, you'll be making a lot of whatever soup you're consuming and you will, after many trials and tribulations, discover that this chicken noodle soup is the king of all Chicken Noodle Soups - and that's sayin' something.

It's adapted from The Lady's (that's Paula Deen y'all) Chicken Noodle Soup. Because I wouldn't want you to be sick for an entire month before discovering how wonderful this soup is, just take my word for it. And make it. Make it tonight. You'll thank me tomorrow.

Chicken Noodle Soup - Serves a small army
  • 14 cups chicken stock - make your own using this method please
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp lemon pepper seasoning
  • 2 cups sliced carrots
  • 2 cups sliced celery, with leafy green tops (like I told you before, NEVER throw away celery tops!)
  • 2 1/2 cups uncooked egg noodles (I used whole-wheat shells and it was yummy)
  • 2 cups chopped, cooked chicken 
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/3 cup cooking sherry
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves (I used dried...I'm sure fresh would make this even better)
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan, optional (Most definitely NOT optional)
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream, optional (Again, NOT optional. Ignore Paula.)
  • Seasoning salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
Add Italian and lemon-pepper seasoning to stock in your largest stock pot and bring to a boil. 
Add carrots, and cook for 3 minutes.
Add celery and continue to cook for 5 to 10 minutes. 
Add the noodles and cook according to directions on package. When the noodles are done - add chicken, mushrooms, parsley, sherry and rosemary. 
Add Parmesan and cream, if using because it's the right thing to do. 
Adjust seasoning, if needed, by adding seasoning salt and pepper.


















Enjoy with some Artisan Bread of course!

I am not kidding - this is the real deal. I can't even look at Campbell's anymore.
 
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