Consider this a post script to Friday’s Fight Cold & Flu Naturally post. Several studies show that good, ole-fashioned chicken soup really does boost the immune system to help ward off respiratory illnesses – here’s one.
This is also a post about the Sunday dinners I never cook. I don’t cook on Sundays – ever. But this weekend, both my guys had stuffy noses, the weather was dreary, and I had a fresh chicken from our farmer in the fridge. I talked myself into handling raw chicken at 8am on a Sunday, tossed it in the Crock Pot, and, not long after we got home from church, voila!
This is officially going on record as my favorite Chicken Noodle Soup recipe. Here’s why:
1. It’s easy.
2. It’s cheap (feeds 8-10 for around $15!).
3. It cooks itself!
4. The orecchiete pasta plump up like tiny bowl-shaped dumplings that outshine the spaghetti & egg noodles typical of chicken noodle soups.
About the broth. I’ve only recently begun to save my broth in the freezer for later use (I’m cringing just thinking of all that rich, drippy goodness I’ve thrown away over the years), and I’ll never go back. It’s a great way to save money, to use and appreciate the whole animal in the form that God made it, and it adds a depth of flavor that cannot be matched by the store-bought broths.
See that beautiful sheen on the surface? I can almost taste it now…
- 4 cups homemade chicken stock or broth
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 2 large cloves garlic minced
- 1 cup sliced carrot
- 1 cup sliced celery
- 1-2 bay leaves
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1 Tbsp salt
- 1/2-1 Tbsp black pepper or to taste
- 1 small roasting chicken approx 3 lbs
- 2 cups orecciete pasta
Place all ingredients except chicken and pasta in slow cooker.
Add chicken, cover, and cook on high 4-5 hours or until internal temperature is 165 degrees.
Transfer chicken to cutting board.
Remove bay leaves and discard.
Turn slow cooker to Low, then add pasta and cover, allowing it to cook for 15-20 minutes while chicken is being shredded.
Remove and discard skin and bones from chicken. Shred the meat, add additional salt and pepper if desired, and return chicken to soup to serve.
Top with a crack of freshly ground black pepper.
Get the stove top version of this classic Chicken Noodle Soup recipe & Easy Homemade Chicken Broth Recipe!