by Troop Atomic Mommy
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The winter months are brutal for many of us and that’s because the days are often filled with close to or below freezing temperatures, full of nasty colds being spread around, and the need for some warm and fuzzy foods. That’s why a hearty soup or stew can really be useful.
This chicken noodle soup recipe is perfect for the slow cooker chef, but in all honesty, can totally be done in any ol’ pot. It’s super easy and will have you feeling like a pro in the kitchen. You don’t need to have special chef-like skills or need to know how to really cook. It’s a great recipe for wintry days and for those days where you’re feeling a bit off. Enjoy!
1 and 1/2 lb. Boneless Chicken Breasts
Sea Salt or Kosher Salt
Ground Black Pepper
8 Cups Chicken Stock
4 Cloves Garlic Minced
1 White Onion Diced
3 Carrots Sliced
3 Celery Stalks Sliced
1/2 tsp. Rosemary
1/2 tsp. Thyme
2 Bay Leaves
8 oz. Spaghetti
Directions to Make:
Bring a pot of water to a boil using high heat. Once water is boiling, place chicken breasts into the boiling water. Place lid on pot. Let chicken cook in boiling water for five to ten minutes. Salt the water to taste. Do the same with the ground black pepper. After five minutes, lower the heat to medium heat. Add the chicken stock. Next, chop the carrots, onion, garlic, and celery. Place the carrots and celery into the boiling water first. Let simmer on medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes. Then add the garlic and onion. Let that simmer on medium heat for another 10 minutes.
Add the Rosemary, Thyme, and Bay leaves. Lower the heat to between low and medium heat. Allow the pot to cook for an additional 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Continue to check the pot, so it does not over boil. Next put the pot on low heat. Remove the lid and using tongs, take the chicken out carefully. Cut or shred the chicken on a cutting board using a fork and knife. The chicken will be hot. Do not do this with your bare fingers. Then add the cut chicken back to the pot. Then add the 8 oz. of spaghetti to the pot. Place the lid back onto the pot. Raise the heat back to a medium temperature. Allow the pot to cook for an additional 8 to 10 minutes. Do not walk away from the pot. Keep an eye on it.
After about 8 minutes, the spaghetti should be soft. Open the lid and using a serving utensil, check to make sure the noodles are the perfect consistency. If they are, turn the heat off. Remove the pot from the heat and let sit and cool down for 15 minutes.
Then serve and enjoy.
Chicken noodle soup is a great way to stay warm all winter! If you’re not the type to be in the kitchen all day, then invest in a slow cooker. These little babies are fantastic because they let you set it and forget it. You can go about your day while your soup or stew cooks on its own. Plus, every one will think you’re an amazing chef!