welcome to my food/recipe page. as an impoverished hillbilly with adhd i prioritize meals that are cheap and easy to make, and esp ones that can be customized to suit anyones wants or needs. even more bonus points if you can get every ingredient locally (or farm it yourself!).
chicken noodle soup
chicken noodle soup is 90% of my diet. this is my fuckin business.
what you need
- 1 whole chicken; just get a rotisserie chicken from the store lol. if you're unable to get a whole chicken (rotisserie or otherwise), chicken breasts, canned chicken, and even turkey (such as from thanksgiving leftovers) are all suitable replacements.
- chicken stock - 2-3+ cartons (8-12 cups)
- water - aim for a 2:1 broth-water ratio. add more water if taste is too strong
- egg noodles or any pasta of your choice (optional). "weird" pasta like bowties is fun. if you dont want excess carbs or whatever use more vegetables instead.
- vegetables of your choice. celery, carrots, and onions are typical. zucchini, turnips, radishes, etc. are also some suggestions. if you have leftover veggies you don't want to waste throw them in.
- salt, pepper, thyme, parsley, and any other spices/herbs of your choice
- butter or oil
- honestly chicken soup is so versatile you can just add or remove whatever the hell you want. for example i hate the texture of cooked carrots and onions so i skip adding them to the finished soup and only use them for stock.
- separate the chicken meat from the bones and skin, if necessary cut into smaller chunks. boil the skin and bones afterward to make your own stock to freeze for later! theres no real reason not to--an animal died so you can live, so please don't let any of it go to waste.
- cut the vegetables into bite size pieces
- put the cut vegetables with some butter/oil in the pot. i also add a little bit of the spices at this point. turn on the heat, and cook them a bit. im really impatient so i don't really do this for long lol.
- pour in all the broth. bring to a boil and then lower heat to simmer.
- add water. be a bit careful to keep a good ratio. after every addition of water stop and taste the broth to make sure it doesn't taste too diluted.
- add salt, pepper, thyme, parsley, and/or any other spices to taste. try not to overdo it - taste as you go.
- dump in the chicken meat. keep at a simmer and cover with a lid.
- cook your pasta in a separate pot. when done strain and put aside. you can put it directly in with the soup but it will slowly absorb the broth and the leftovers will end up soggy, so if you have the space I recommend keeping them separate until just before you eat them.
- you did it! serve the soup!
videos for visual learners
adam ragusea ・ you suck at cooking ・ j. kenji lopez-alt ・ food wishes ・ joshua weissman ・ epicurious ・ cowboy kent rollins