Archive for October, 2011

The Lady's Chicken Noodle Soup

October 27, 2011

First up is Paula Deen’s The Lady’s Chicken Noodle Soup.  I’ve been antsy for cooler weather to come simply so that I could make soup without feeling guilty.  And when I saw this recipe on Pinterest, I knew I wanted to try it out.  My mom makes great chicken noodle soup, with homemade noodles and all, but I’ve never learned to make it.  Part of the problem there is that my mom’s best recipes come from her head, not an index card…..and I just don’t do well with “season it until it tastes right”.  I need the measurements!

There was quite a bit of prep work for this soup, but now that I’ve made it once, I’m sure I can whip it up much faster next time.  And it was yummy enough that there will definitely be a next time!

I left out the cream (Joseph’s counting calories), cooking sherry, and mushrooms.  Crazy thing is that I actually had mushrooms in my fridge, but I can’t stand to even touch the little buggers, so they got the boot from this soup.  I also just boiled chicken tenderloins with the stock and then shredded them in my KitchenAid.  That was much easier than cutting up a chicken.  Next time, I think I’ll try to either make noodles or purchase something a little more hearty than egg noodles.

The verdict from the family?  Ryan LOVED it and ate 4 bowls.  The twins both finished their bowls, but it took some prodding.  I finished everything in my bowl but the celery and carrots, which Joseph cleaned up for me (shhhh….don’t tell the kids).  He has taken leftovers for lunch and says it’s been delicious.

I had debated about making bread bowls to serve the soup in, but in the end I decided to make a baguette.  It turned out to be the perfect compliment.  My loaves were pretty ugly because they needed to go into the oven at the exact time I had to leave to pick kids up from school, so they rose too long.  They were still delicious though!  I used the baguette recipe in one of my favorite kid cookbooks, Ratatouille’s What’s Cooking?

Pretend that this picture has a beautiful slice of baguette resting on the edge of the bowl….I’m obviously not in the habit of photographing food!