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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Today is Chicken Soup Day!

Hi Everybody!

Yes, finally it is chicken soup weather. One of my most favorite soups (there are so many) is chicken noodle soup. Of course, you can add rice, barley, noodles or potatoes. I prefer home-made noodles from Albertons's. Well, that's not home-made, you say? You try these and tell me if you don't think they are just like "mama used to make." (Not my mama but you get the picture!) I used to make my own noodles but these are so good and so quick. I always keep about 4 packages in the freezer. Check them out at Albertson's in the frozen food section. http://www.marzetti.com/

Even though fresh chicken breasts are used, a lot of flavor is gained by adding additional Chicken Broth. I like Pacific Foods Organic free range Chicken Broth. http://www.pacificfoods.com/
Other ingredients are organic also, but if you cannot find them at your store buy the freshest you can. Wash all veggies. I don't find it necessary to peel the carrots but you can if you want. Make your soup the same day you purchase your ingredients. The first day, your soup will be yummy...By the second day, your soup will be AWESOME...That is, if any is left! This soup is so good you will experience a nagging desire to call your mother. So do it!

Chicken Noodle Soup

2-3 32 oz Pacific free range organic chicken broth
3 organic carrots, chopped
1 organic celery heart, chopped (from the whole celery, take the outer stalks off and use inside.)
1 small onion, chopped
1 cup organic parsley with stems, chopped
3 small organic, hormone-free chicken breasts (cook for 30 minutes in pot with small amount of water. You can use this water in your soup too. Set aside chicken breasts to cool while you prepare soup.)
1 Reames Home Style Egg Noodles
Salt and pepper to taste.

Pour chicken broth in large pot.
Put in all veggies and cook on medium heat until carrots are almost tender.
Meanwhile, shred chicken meat disposing of any fat. Add to soup.
Cook about 30 minutes until veggies are tender.
Add noodles and cook another 10 minutes or until noodles are cooked.

You can also prepare this in a crock pot. I suggest cooking the noodles last in a separate pan (follow package instructions) and then add them to the crock pot. If they cook all day, they may become soggy.

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