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Chicken Soup for the Family

Every mom should have a chicken soup recipe in her repertoire.

It’s healthy. It’s good for you. It might even help you recover from illness.

Heck, they even say it’s good for your soul.

I make a straight forward, simple chicken soup. I can do it with homemade broth, or lean on the store brands. Both ways will yield a homemade soup your family will love.

This past weekend we had our first roasted chicken of the season.

I usually roast a chicken during the fall and winter about every 2 weeks (part of our Sunday night dinner routine). After Father of the Year carves the meat for our dinner, I take the carcass and put it in a pot and cover it with water. I throw in a couple of bay leaves, a twist or two of pepper, and a large pinch of Kosher salt and let it simmer for an hour or two… or three, covered.

{I basically ignore it for a few hours}

When it’s done, I let the pot cool for a bit and transfer the whole thing (lid on) to the refrigerator for an overnight cool-down.

I make chicken soup the next day.

Overnight, the fat has solidified on top of the broth and can be easily skimmed away. After you’ve skimmed the fat, drain the broth in a colander to separate the solids and chicken carcass from the liquids—you will have a broth that looks like this:

Homemade Chicken Broth

Pull the chicken from the bones and place into a bowl. If you have leftover chicken from the night before, shred some of that too. You want about 2 – 3 cups.

shredded chicken
Roasted chicken, shredded

Next, prepare the other ingredients for Chicken Soup:

  • 1 whole onion, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3-4 carrots, peeled and sliced into coins

Heat 2 tbsp. olive oil and 1 tbsp. butter in a stockpot. Add the onions, celery and carrots and sauté until onions are translucent.

Carrots, celery and onion

Add shredded chicken, and then the broth. Simmer covered for about 30 minutes. Add 2 cups pasta and let simmer another 10 minutes or until cooked through.

*Two Notes: If you plan to freeze the soup, do not add the pasta. Add it during the re-heating process. If you don’t roast chickens, use a good low sodium chicken broth from the store. I suggest using 2 quarts for this recipe.

chicken soup for the family
Homemade Chicken Soup

Voila! Good for the family, good for the soul. Enjoy!

What’s your favorite chicken soup recipe?

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