Let me be honest with you. Our #60dayfarmhouse renovation hasn’t been easy on us. When we moved in, we collapsed. We all got sick. First, bronchitis, pneumonia, ear infections and pink eye. And then we took a (single) breath and got sick again… with the flu. One by one by one by one by one, we dropped.
When Roman and I were standing again, the other guys were still down and we decided to make them a big pot of chicken noodle soup. I went to my friends (you) on Facebook because I can never seem to make an incredible pot of chicken noodle soup. My recipe is good but not ‘mmmm mmmm, this is incredible, good’. I needed the secret ingredient. The tricks. The key.
And I found it.
All thanks to you!
So let’s get started!
First, meet my assistant chef: Roman. My little guy has been helping me cook just about every day and I am in heaven. HEAVEN. He’s so eager to learn. He listens. He learns. He’s so sweet to be around, and if I must say so myself, he’s a great cook for a 4-year-old!
Here’s what we did.
We purchased a whole seasoned chicken from our local grocer.
We simmered the chicken in a large pot of water.
After a couple of hours of simmering the whole chicken (to make broth), we evenly cut:
1 lb. carrots
1 large yellow onion
1 bunch celery
We sauteed it all in a large pan with a little s&p (salt and pepper) and minced garlic (maybe 2 cloves).
When the broth was done, we took the chicken out of the pot and shredded it.
Then, we added the veggies and chicken to the pot of stock.
We brought it to a steady simmer.
Time to season and simmer more!
I took many seasoning suggestions from the commentators on my Facebook post.
In my opinion, the key ingredients were… ginger (thank you Jennifer T.!) and whole black peppercorns (thank you Tammy C.!)
1 tsp. Whole Peppercorns
2-3 Bay Leaves
1 tsp. Ground Ginger
1 Chicken Bouillon Cube
I added a little bit of water to the pot and then let simmer for a good hour or two.
I boiled noodles (keeping them separate from the soup pot) and served a bowl to each of us!
This soup was mmmm mmmm, incredible! SOOO good!
It was seriously the most delicious chicken noodle soup I’ve ever made. The trick is definitely to use a whole chicken to make homemade broth and the key ingredient is definitely ginger!
Hands down, the best, most flavorful pot of chicken soup I’ve ever made!
Try it ASAP.