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Oodles of Noodles Chicken Soup

What is not decidely not summer fun: wearing a halter top, forgetting sunscreen, and feeling your burned skin crackle whenever you stretch your arms over your head the next day.

What is decidely summer fun: making soup on those nights that are just chilly enough to make you wish for a blanket.

I'm still expanding my kitchen repertoire, and more often than not I reach for a cookbook - I love trying new recipes, and it's rare that I don't come away with something mildly-to-extremely delicious, thanks to a couple of go-to books that have yet to disappoint me. But one recipe existing solely in my mind that turns out well, and just a little different, every single time is this:

Not Your Average Chicken Noodle Soup
three servings (or two with seconds)

olive oil
curry powder
chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces, pre-cooked
1/2 onion, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
garlic clove, diced
chicken broth
orange juice
whole-wheat noodles, i.e. penne or bow ties
Worcestershire sauce

1. Saute the onion, carrot and celery in olive oil with the curry powder over medium heat until carrot has softened and onion is translucent
2. Add garlic and saute until golden, NOT brown
3. Add chicken broth and orange juice to pot until veggies are covered generously and you have enough liquid to cook a bunch of noodles without crowding ~ I like mostly broth with a generous splash of OJ; you can add a splash of white wine here, too, if you have any
4. Take a look at your chicken pieces and add an amount to the soup that feels satisfying for three servings; this will vary depending on your mood, some nights you will want more meat than noodles
5. Add a bit of Worcestershire sauce and bring soup to a simmer; cook until the veggies have softened to your liking
6. Add noodles (between 1/2 cup and 1 cup, again depending on your fancy) and simmer until al dente

You can add seasoning at this point, but if your broth is flavourful enough (homemade is the best!) you shouldn't need it. Sometimes I scrape a bit of parmesan on top, or add a sprig of parsley. Whatever you do, I think you'll find this "recipe" takes very well to tweaking! I have never made it the same way twice, and it always finds a way to please me.

chicken noodle soup cropped



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Jul. 14th, 2012 12:17 pm (UTC)
Yes, please! (Minus the onions, if that's possible...)
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