Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

18 Oct

With the changing of the weather and the dark, dreary, wet days here in the West of Ireland, my immune system decided to go into hibernation. Hence I got the king of all flus and really needed some soothing. This, in my opinion, is a better cure to the common cold then any antibiotics or what not that you could get at the doctor. You can modify the soup to your liking, add different vegetables such as peas (Which I would have done if I had had some) or cauliflower, or use different pasta such as tagliatelle or even just up the onions because you like it that way. You are in control! Try making this for your kids too, sick or not. It is very healthy and filling and the pasta might just distract them from the vegetables!

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup (Serves 4)

1 tbsp olive oil

1 large onion, diced

2 large garlic cloves, minced

3 chicken breasts (About 500g)

8 cups water

1 bay leaf

2 tsp salt

black pepper

2 medium carrots, diced

1 large parsnips, diced

150-200g pasta shapes (You can add more for a more substantialsoup)

Parsley or dill, to garnish

  • In a large (5 quart/5 litre) heavy based pot, heat the oil over a medium heat and saute the onions and garlic until softened and slightly browned at the edges. Add the chicken breasts and and cook until the slightly browned. Add the water, bay leaf, salt and pepper and bring to the boil.
  • Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, covered, for 20mins.
  • Remove the chicken breasts and leave to cool on a plate. Strain the broth through a fine sieve into a large bowl. Put back onto the heat and add the carrot and parsnip.
  • Cook for about 5mins until half cooked. Add the pasta and cook according to packet instructions, about 8mins. Cut the chicken into large chunks then add back into the soup.
  • Continue to cook until the chicken is warmed through, ladle into bowls and garnish with parsley or dill and let it wash away your troubles!
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