Wednesday, August 3, 2011

I Love Making Soup.

I don't usually make soup in the summer. It is too hot this time of year to have a pot simmering on the stove for hours at a time. This week I was desperate, however. There has been a nasty bug going through my house. Both of my kids have run fevers for days on end and I need something to boost the ol' immune system... so I made chicken noodle soup.

I started out by making chicken stock from scratch. We had picked up a rotisserie the night before for a quick easy dinner... so the next day I pulled all the extra meat of the bones and put the bones and some vegetables in a stock pot with water, salt, pepper and a couple of bay leaves. I cooked that down for 3-4 hours and then strained out the big bits leaving behind just the broth.
After that I just added the leftover chicken, 3 chopped carrots, 3 ribs of celery, 4 cloves of minced garlic, and 1/2 a diced onion. I cooked it until the veggies were soft and then added in some fresh basil from the garden and 1/2 a package of noodles. I then seasoned it with salt an pepper. Once the noodles were cooked it was ready to go.

I love making soup. It is a great way to be intuitive in the kitchen. You just throw in a bit of this and a bit of that... The hell with measuring cups or spoons.

My oldest daughter is done with this nasty illness... but today I am stuck at home with the little one. Hopefully this illness will clear up before the weekend. I have plans to go camping and I'm itching to get out of the house. Perhaps it is time to make some more soup.

Cheers,
Jenn
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7 comments:

  1. This soup looks good except for the heat:) I hope yall get better so you can leave the house!

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  2. I hope everyone gets better ASAP so you can make your camping trip!

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  3. I agree- making soup is fun. No measuring, everything just goes in the pot which means easy clean-up too!!!

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  4. I can eat soup year round, even when I'm on one of my no eating phases. Soup is soo good.

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  5. Thanks everyone for your fine comments. Sadly we didn't get better in time for the camping trip, but maybe it is for the best. The high today is going to be 105 degrees. My husband is taking my older daughter to a great swimming hole today while I stay at home with my little one. But no more soup for me until the first cold front... and there is no relief in sight.

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  6. That looks so damn good. I could have used that earlier in the week...

    Btw, I suck. I have slacked on my Makeover Monday posts. Feel free to whack me with my nerf bat. ;)

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