We got back last night from our honeymoon and I took a peek in the fridge to assess the food situation. Let’s just say that a few pathetic lemons, baking soda, and condiments do not a meal make, so I begrudgingly took a quick trip to the grocery store because breakfast is not optional in our house.
As I pushed my cart through the store, I pondered what I could make that would be quick yet filling. After the rich pastries and cuisine in France and Italy I craved something simple, healthy and warm. What could I make that would fill this need yet still give me time to address the clothes bomb that detonated in our condo? As I passed the roasted chickens it hit me! Chicken Noodle Soup!
Chicken Noodle Soup feels like a warm hug for the soul: the perfect antidote for our jet-lag. Plus I could throw everything in the pot, address the unpacking situation, and then lunch would magically be ready!
I feel no shame in unabashedly using the meat from a store-bought roasted chicken for this soup. This is not corner cutting. This is excellent time management. You can also use left over meat from a previously roasted chicken (fab recipe here) or even some of that ubiquitous left over Thanksgiving turkey.
Where I never cut corners is with my broth. I have a firm Homemade Broth Only rule in my kitchen. I know there are some organic, low sodium broth options out there that don’t taste like water, but this is one of my culinary idiosyncrasies. I always have some in the freezer (my go-to recipe and how to freeze it here) and when I start getting low, I get really anxious until I make some more. Fortunately I had a double recipe just waiting to be the base of this amazing soup.
As far as Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup recipes go, this one is darn good. I may be biased because it is mine, but it is rich, hearty, and fills a need deeper than physical hunger. And it’s easy. I’ve added and adjusted over the years to bring you the best Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup recipe yet. You be the judge.
P.S. – Photos from our honeymoon adventures coming soon!