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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Chicken Noodle Soup with Homemade Noodles


Nothing tastes better to me on a cold day, than chicken noodle soup. Especially if it's homemade. And even more especially if there's homemade noodles. It's the perfect comfort food.

 This recipe was handed down to me by my Mom and it was handed down to her by my Grandma.

I'll start by showing you how to make the noodles.
Step 1 - Crack 4 eggs. Then beat them lightly.
Step 2 - Add 1 t. salt and 2 1/2 - 3 cups flour and stir. You want the dough to be really stiff.
Step 3 - knead dough on floured surface to get rid of any sticky spots.
Step 4 - Roll out dough on floured surface.
Step 5 - Let sit out on the counter for at least an hour.  I usually make it right after lunch and let it sit all afternoon. I set it on a towel and flip it over half way though.
Step 6 - Cut dough into strips. I use a pizza cutter. I cut the dough in half lengthwise and then cut them into strips. That way they're not too long.


After I make the noodles I start chopping veggies.
 One thing that I do to speed up the process is to use already cooked chicken. A lot of Sundays we'll roast a chicken. We always have lots of leftovers. I place them in a freezer bag and pull it out for other meals. You might find that you need more chicken bouillon than the recipe calls for if you use precooked chicken.  I think I added 6 t. or so when I made it. If you want more of an authentic broth, then boil raw chicken in water for an hour or so. Remove chicken and cut in smaller chunks.

This is a time consuming, although fairly easy recipe. To make it easier, I like to make the noodles and chop the veggies right after lunch. I stick the veggies in the fridge until it's time to start the soup. This relieves a lot of stress, since all the prep work is done while most of the kids are at school. When it's time to start the soup, just fill a pan with water, add your veggies, spices and precooked chicken and let it simmer. It will probably take at least an hour to cook the veggies through. Then add your noodles and cook another 15-20 minutes.



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Chicken Noodle Soup with Homemade Noodles Recipe


Noodles:
4 eggs
1 t. salt
2 1/2 - 3 c. flour
Mix together using enough flour to make dough very stiff. Knead on a floured surface to remove sticky spots. Roll out as thin as you can. Let stand for at least one hour or you could leave it out all day. Cut into strips.

Soup:
chicken
2 c. carrots
2 c. celery
1 large onion {I used 1/2}
1 T. parsley
1 1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. marjarom
1 t. basil
1/4 t. sage
1/2 t. Mrs. Dash
pepper to taste
Fill a pot with water and boil chicken until cooked through. Remove, cut up, and place back in broth. {Skip this step if using precooked chicken, but add some chicken bouillon for flavor} Add veggies and spices and cook until tender {about an hour} Add noodles and cook another 15-20 minutes.
Play around with the spices you like. I don't have Mrs. Dash so I don't add that. I tend to add more than the recipe calls for with all the spices. Just taste it and adjust to your liking.


Tomorrow I'll be sharing my Grandma's rolls that I like to serve with this.


Here are some other recipes from my Grandma:
Effie's Sugar Cookies
Ginger Snaps
O' Henry Bars 
Pie Crust
Grandma's Rolls

Monkey Bread
Hot Fudge Sauce
Cinnamon Rolls
Best Ever Sugar Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cheesy Corn Chowder
Lemon Freeze



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