Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
I made chicken noodle soup! And it wasn't so bland that it was borderline inedible! IT'S A MIRACLE!

...er...I know...you're probably all, "Kayle whaaaat are you talking about??" Well...I had a few unfortunate attempts at chicken noodle soup, a few years back, and they sort of scarred me for life and terrified me from making soup. Then I made some ridiculously yummy soups. So then it was just the basic CNS (chicken noodle soup, get on my level) that I was afraid of. Buuut...then I saw a recipe for homemade CNS in the slow cooker and I was like, "OK. It's time. Let's break this curse."
Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
I'm going to warn you all RIGHT NOW-this recipe makes like...a lot of soup. Much more than just Michael and I can really handle, BUUUUT you can freeze it. Like...so I poured it in a freezer bag (made sure it was upright and not going to leak) and let it cool COMPLETELY. Then I sealed it and flattened it and put it in the freezer. I now have a nice, flat, bag of CNS just waiting for when I need it. Which I sort of love. You never know when a random cold is going to hit! Or just a craving for some soup. And sometimes you're too busy (or, God forbid, sick) to make something and having that extra stash of soup in the freezer makes me feel safe.
Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
This week we got our first substantial bit of snow. And it happened literally the day after we finally bought a snow shovel. You see....we've been meaning to buy one for a while. But Michael was being super picky about it and didn't like any of the ones we'd seen. However...time passed....winter came...and I started to get nervous that we'd be stuck with a bunch of snow and no way to shovel it out of our new driveway. So we finally agreed to just go and buy one. And so we did. And then we woke up the next morning aaaand snow. So our new little shovel got christened quickly.
Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
And you know what's fun to do? Sit in your new kitchen, looking out at the snow, but knowing you're snug and warm inside, and eating from an even warmer bowl of comforting and classic chicken noodle soup.*

*With lots of crackers. Because that's who I am, as a person. I eat soup with lots of crackers. (Not as many as my brother, who usually just consumes moist crackers since there are so many that they've fully sucked up the soup...that's a bit too far for me.)



Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup


Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
Makes 10 servings.
Ingredients:
  • 1 and 1/2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 8 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme 
  • 1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 8 oz. spaghetti, broken into thirds
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • Optional-2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
Preparation:
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper and place in a 6 quart slow cooker.
  • Add chicken stock, garlic, onion, carrots, celery, thyme, rosemary and bay leaves-season with more salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours.
  • Remove chicken from the slow cooker and shred it, thoroughly. 
  • Stir shredded chicken and pasta into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 30-40 more minutes, or until the pasta is tender.
  • Stir in lemon juice (and parsley, if using).
  • Serve!
Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
Grab a loved one, get out a holiday movie, curl up under a blanket, and enjoy a bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup. Good for the soul, and all that. 
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