I love chicken noodle soup! Plus it never hurts to have a easy and quick recipe on hand when you have the sniffles.
What You’ll Need:
- 1 lb. chicken tenderloins
- 3 celery stalks
- 4 large carrots
- 1/2 sweet onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 3 cups mini pasta shells
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 2 cups water
- salt and pepper
Chop the onion really well and mince the garlic finely. In a large pot (my favorite for cooking almost everything is my 6 qt enamel cast iron dutch oven) heat 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the onion and garlic stirring to coat with the oil.
While the onion and garlic cook, chop the celery (wash first) and carrots (peel first) into bite size pieces. Add them to the pot and mix with the onions and garlic. Stir frequently while the vegetables heat through and start the softening process. When the onions start to look translucent add the chicken stock and water. Bring to a boil.
Meanwhile in a smaller pot, bring 6 cups of water to a boil and then salt the water. Add the pasta and cook until al dente or just tender. Drain and set aside.
Once the liquid boils add the chicken tenderloins and salt and pepper to taste. Cover the pot and reduce heat to a simmer. Do not lift the lid for at least ten minutes. After ten minutes, check the chicken to see if it has cooked through by removing one tender and cutting into it. If the chicken is white on the outside and no longer pink on the inside it is ready to be chopped. Remove all of the chicken tenders and cut into bite size pieces (or you can shred it) and return to the pot. You will want to add the pasta at this point. Taste the broth to see if it has a noticeable chicken flavor, if so set the soup simmer for another 15 minutes before serving. If the soup isn’t chicken-y (yes, I make up words) enough for you, add 1-2 chicken bullion cubes and simmer for 15 minutes before tasting again If it’s just right, ladle it into bowls to serve! (If not, simmer a little longer to let the flavors develop.)
Garnish with fresh cracked garlic and serve. Pair your soup with a fresh salad or bread sticks. I hope you enjoy it and if you have the sniffles, feel better!!
xo – M