First try and chicken soup

Well I have never done this before but here goes my first post. As you can guess by the title have boomeranged back into my parents’ home again… not ideal but I am making the best of it. Part of that has been becoming their “personal chef” that works out because I love to cook for others and they get to have (if I do say so myself) great meals without the work. So my credentials as a cook are a love of food and cooking and years of cooking for myself and others and one year cooking at an upscale local rustic Mediterranean restaurant. So if this is a blog at least in part about food I guess a recipe is in order. Yesterday one of my “roomies,” otherwise known as Dad, was not feeling well and requested chicken noodle soup.

Classic Chicken Noodle Soup

Ingredients

Mirepoix – 1 diced onion, 2 diced carrots, 2 diced celery sticks

1 Tbsp fresh & dried Thyme

1 bay leaf

2 Quarts of low sodium chicken broth (or use homemade if available)

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 package each of boneless skinless chicken breasts & thighs

2 cups chopped carrots

1 cup sliced mushrooms

2 cups green beans

1 cup peas

½ pound of pasts (any short shape you like)

Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions

Fill a large pot with 6 cups of water, salt and a splash of olive oil and bring to a boil (I cook the noodles in a separate pot so they stay al dente and don’t suck up all the broth)

Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium high heat 

Sauté the mirepoix and fresh Thyme until ingredients just begin to caramelize

Deglaze the pan with all of the chicken broth and increase heat to high (you can also first deglaze with a splash of white wine then add the broth)

Add bay leaf and all the chicken and bring to a boil

When chicken is cooked though remove and cut into pieces also remove bay leaf

Turn heat to medium and add the carrots and mushrooms first followed by the green beans

Boil pasta until al dente following package instructions, drain and hold aside

Let soup simmer until vegetables are tender, add peas for the last few minutes 

Salt and pepper to taste

To serve put pasta in a bowl and cover with soup…enjoy! 

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