Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup

Bob Evans used to be one of my favorite places to get chicken noodle soup, mainly because their soup had ‘dumpling noodles’ that I love so much. Imagine my utter disappointment when I went to Bob Evans with my family and there was no chicken noodle soup on the menu! Oh, the horror!

I have no idea why, but that soup has always been the standard by which I compare all other chicken noodle soups. Sure, the Lipton brand chicken soup with noodles was fun to suck up with a straw, but nothing can compare to delicious, dense, hearty noodles, which are apparently difficult to find in canned soup nowadays.

I saw this noodle recipe on Dine and Dish recently, and knew I had to try it. The soup base was a basic chicken stock with some veggies thrown in for good measure, but the star of this soup was the noodles. It was so much fun to make these, and I was absolutely delighted when I took my first bite. The noodles reminded me of a fat piece of pasta, which provided a nice substance to this soup. Because of the noodles, this soup was easily a meal, not a side dish.

The noodles are so easy, you won’t believe it. Mix, knead, roll, cut, boil. I can’t wait to make these again!
Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup
From my kitchen
Serves 4-6

1 approximately 6 lb whole chicken
Enough water to cover chicken in pot
Carrots, chopped (use your judgement, but I believe we used about 4 carrots)
Celery, chopped (see above, I think we used about 3 stalks of celery)
Five cloves of garlic, finely minced
~1 c Corn (you can use fresh, but I used frozen because that’s what we had on hand)
2 Bay leaves
2 tsp Poultry seasoning
Dash Salt
Dash pepper

Rinse your chicken and put in large stew pot. Put just enough water in the pot to cover chicken with about one-quarter to one-half inch of water. Add bay leaves. Bring water to simmer (not boiling!), and let simmer, covered, for two to three hours, or until chicken is cooked through. Begin testing the chicken at two hours by trying to break the meat apart with a fork. If it shreds easily, it’s done. If you get some resistance, put the lid back on and let sit another 30 minutes before trying again.

Removed chicken from pot and let cool slightly. Get the meat off the chicken and chop up whatever you want to end up in the soup. For mine, I ended up reserving an entire breast off the chicken for later use, and the rest of the meat went into the soup, light and dark. Set aside.

Strain any fat that has floated up to the surface of the stock. We ended up getting approximately a half-cup off, but were surprised how little fat was in ours. You may have more or less depending on your chicken. Remove bay leaves.

Add poultry seasoning, carrots, garlic and celery to stock. Let simmer for 30 minutes, or until veggies are soft. Taste and season as necessary with salt and pepper. While veggies are simmering, begin making your noodles.
For the Noodles
Noodle recipe from
Dine and Dish

1 Tsp Salt

This is where you can customize the recipe for how large or small of a group you are serving. For every 1/2 cup of flour you will need 1 egg. So, to serve my family of 6, I use 4 eggs and 2 cups of flour. (I used 3 eggs and 1.5 cups of flour for 4 people, and it seemed like a lot! Next time I’ll probably use 2 eggs and 1 cup of flour)

In a medium sized bowl, whisk your eggs. Add the salt and whisk again. Next, add the flour. Stir the mixture with a fork until flour is completely incorporated and the dough is stiff.

Flour a large bread board / cutting board heavily. Dump your dough mixture out onto the floured board. Knead additional flour into the dough. Unlike pie crust (you don’t want to work pie crust too much) you want to continue to add flour to the dough until it is thick and smooth in texture. Just work with it and use your instincts.

Roll out the dough (again… make sure your board is well floured so your noodles won’t stick) until very thin. Once your dough is rolled out, using a pizza cutter, slice your dough into thin vertical strips. Make a couple of slices horizontally until your noodles are a desired size.

Return your pot of broth and water to a boil. Once boiling, add your noodles to the pot, one at a time, stirring so they don’t stick together(I pretty much dumped all mine in at once). Once all of your noodles are in the pot, reduce the heat, add your chicken pieces back to the pot and simmer for 30 minutes. Add in corn, simmer 5 more minutes.

Serve and enjoy! Garnish with a little parsley if desired.


Kristen said...

I love my mom's chicken and noodles and was blown away at how easy they were to make! So glad you liked them :)

oneordinaryday said...

I love homemade chicken noodle soup, but I've never made my own noodles for it. You definitely make that part sound easy!

Unknown said...

My mom always makes her noodles from scratch. I remember coming home from school and there they would be, rolled out and ready to go in the pot. Every time I go home, she will whip up a batch for me, I would be so disappointed if she didn't. I hope the restaurant gets your favorite soup back, but if they don't you have this delicious recipe to fill the void.

Caroline said...

Kristen, thanks again for the recipe, These are already a family favorite!

Michelle, the noodles are SUPER simple, and taste amazing, especially after absorbing the broth as they cook.

Linda, what a wonderful memory. At this point, I don't mind if my restaurant doesn't get their soup back, because now I can make an even better version at home. Love that!

Delishhh said...

Home made chicken noodle soup is the best. I usually make a stock every week so i have it handy and all i need to do it then throw in vegetalbles, noodle and chicken, 20 minute dinner. Just keep the stock in the freezer.

The Cooking Photographer said...

You need a print button because I want to make this soup now now now lol!


Pam said...

I have a cold right now and I know this soup would make me feel better.

Julie said...

Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Hope was my mentor last year! I enjoyed my blogging time with her last year! I've never made homemade noodles. These look delicious.

Caroline said...

Delishhh, that is such a great idea about the stock. I always end up freezing bones because I don't think I have time to make the stock, but then I end up with a freezer full of bones, and no stock. I should just take the extra time and then I'd have homemade stock on hand all the time! Thanks for the tip!

Laura, if you could invent a chicken noodle soup printer, I'd be forever grateful! We just ran out of this, and now I'm already craving another bowl!

Pam, I hope you feel better! If I could send you a bowl of this, I certainly would!

Julie, I love what you have on your blog, and it's fun to see what my 'blogging family' is up to! She's been such a great resource for me!

Maris said...

This looks SO amazing. I bet it's 10x better than canned/premade chicken noodle soup!

Caroline said...

Maris, I definitely think this wins me over when compared to a canned soup, anyday. Perfectly seasoned to your own taste, and the sodium levels aren't through the roof like most canned soups. It was a hit with everyone who tried it!

ErinsFoodFiles said...

Wow! I bet those homemade noodles really knocked it out of the park, YUM!

Caroline said...

The noodles were amazing, and the homemade chicken stock definitely was a star in this dish, as well!!

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