Mmmmmm noodle soup....
Roasted Chicken Noodle Soup, that is.
Eating out, I have had a few too many bowls of chicken noodle soup that are "eh, whatever...this is boring", but I occasionally come across a bowl that is worthy of declaring "I must recreate this at home!" For example, has anyone had Panera's? They decided to change their chicken noodle soup a year or two ago and the new version just doesn't cut it for me. I loved their old one. It was a "recreate at home" bowl, but their new one? Ugh. Don't fix it if it ain't broke, Panera. Bad move.
Anywho, I recreated. And this soup is gooood. Warm and salty with thick noodles and tender veggies. I like to let my noodles boil for quite a while so they get extra soft and extra thick (I know, any well-seasoned chef would frown at this as I let them go well past the al dente point). In addition, you can make it as brothy or as...unbrothy? as you'd like (some places like to basically just give you a bowl of broth containing a few noodles and about three pieces of carrot sprinkled in with a single chunk of chicken for good measure. Again, not gonna cut it. I didn't order some hibachi soup people!) But at home, I was able to up the ante and make it more to my liking. Oh, and since I'm on a roll of giving out my chicken noodle two cents worth, here's one more: make it, eat it, and freeze the leftovers for a quick and easy meal in the future! Genius.
Roasted Chicken Noodle Soup
Makes about 8 cups worth, depending on how much broth you choose to add
2 cups egg noodles, uncooked
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
4-6 cups chicken broth
3/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon herbs de provence (italian seasoning would work too)
1 cup cooked, roasted chicken, shredded or chopped
Bring a small pot of water to a boil on the stove. Add noodles and cook until soft.
In separate, larger stockpot or Dutch oven, heat 4 cups broth. Once it comes to a slight boil, add onion and celery and simmer for 8-10 minutes. Add carrots and continue to simmer for another 5 minutes. Add cooked pasta, pepper, herbs, and chicken. Cook until heated through adding more broth if necessary.
Adapted from my friend, Maria.