Sunday, February 7, 2010

Chicken soup

I have never made homemade chicken soup before-Campbell's has always done the work for me! I had poached the six chicken breasts and then made the stock. I pulled apart the meat and put into two freezer packages for two different meals. I grabbed one of the packages of chicken, one of the containers of chicken stock, and my orange Rachael Ray cast iron Dutch oven and went to work.

Chicken Soup
1-2 cups cup up chicken
2 cups chicken stock
2 cups water
6 'new' Yukon gold potatoes, halved and/or quartered
2 carrots, peeled and slice in coins
1 stalk celery, sliced in small half moons
pasta of your choice, I used bowties

Place all ingredients, except pasta, in Dutch oven. Season with salt, pepper, and a bay leaf. Simmer for about half an hour. Pour pasta in and cook to desired doneness. I left mine about another 20 minutes.

Dude wanted more noodles, but I didn't have as much room in my pot as I would have liked, so I only used about a half cup of noodles and it wasn't enough. I made some fresh bakery dinner rolls to go with and packed it up for dinner at work. It was so good! I can't believe how easy it was and how much better it tasted not out of can.

Does everyone have big plans for Superbowl Sunday? Not us. Dude doesn't like football, but I bought some snack food and am making some guac so we can watch. I'm hoping the Saints can pull it off. It would be nice to see a first time winner (still waiting Vikings...).
Off to paint some more trim work in my new scrap room and I have a pot simmering on the stove with the ham bone and ham pieces from last nights' dinner. Trying ham stock so I'm not wasteful and also Dude wants me to try making a ham and potato soup. Hmmmmm.


Lys said...

Superbowl Sunday will consist of leftovers or whatever I can put together and resting as this gal caught a hell of a flu. Last thing I ever want to do while being sick is cooking - go figure :)

Pam said...

I think your soup looks wonderful - I love that you put potatoes in it.

Debbie said...

Looks delicious. There is just nothing like a good bowl of homemade chicken soup!

Hungry Dog said...

Nice soup!I've never done it homemade either, although I make chicken stock all the time...wouldn't be such a stretch to prep the chicken. Anyway, yours looks wonderful and homey.

Bob said...

Looks great! Homemade chicken soup is the only kind I'll eat. My mom spoiled canned soup for me, we never had it in the house. Mostly because homemade was cheaper to feed us all. Heh.

A Year on the Grill said...

I went to someone elses party and had the time of my life!!!

Cheryl said...

That certainly looks good, yep nothing better than home made, I watched the game and made vegetable noodle soup, YUM

HoneyB said...

This looks yummy Tami! That first photo makes me wish that was what I had for lunch (instead of the sandwich I had!)

noble pig said...

Homemade is always best!

Leslie said...

Nothing compares to HOMEMADE!!! yum-o

Monica H said...

That would be perfect right now. Will you share?

Oh and that ham and potato soup sounds terrific. Save me some of that too!

grace said...

there's no doubt that, while good, ol' campbell's just can't hold a candle to homemade chicken soup. and potato soup juiced up with ham hock? supreme--do it.