Sunday, February 21, 2010

Cream of Chicken Soup

I was majorly craving some home cookin' after our week of having colds.
There's not much else that quite hits the spot like a big ol' bowl of soup, so that was my mission. I searched some different websites and decided on this baby:

Cream of Chicken Soup
courtesy foodnetwork.com

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 medium Spanish onion, chopped
2 stalks celery (with leaves), chopped
3 medium carrots, chopped
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon flour
7 cups chicken broth, homemade or low-sodium canned
3 sprigs parsley
3 sprigs fresh thyme (did not have) 
1 bay leaf (forgot to add!)
2 3/4 cups cooked, diced chicken
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 1/2 teaspoons dry sherry (did not have) 
1 tablespoon kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

Directions

Melt the butter in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, and carrots and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 12 minutes. Add the flour and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, for 2 minutes more.
Pour in the broth and bring to a boil while whisking constantly. Tie the parsley sprigs, thyme, and bay leaf together with a piece of kitchen twine and add to the soup. Lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
Stir in the chicken and *noodles* and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat.
Whisk the heavy cream, sherry, and salt into the soup and season with pepper to taste. Remove and discard the herb bundle. Divide among soup bowls, sprinkle the top of each soup with the chopped parsley and serve immediately.

*I also made a batch of homemade noodles, which was my first try. We really liked the soup with, but it'd be just as great without.

Homemade Noodles:
courtesy RJ's Grandma

5 eggs beaten
Dash of Salt
1 to 2 tbl of heavy cream (if you happen to have some on hand)
About 2 cups of flour, or more if needed as batter has to be stiff.

Roll out very thin on floured table and let dry. After it's dry, cut to whatever size you would like. I added to the soup and let boil for about 3 minutes.


Seriously, this was the yummiest (and richest) chicken soup I've ever eaten. And it's easy! Not necessarily low fat, but it's made with lots of yummy love. Aka: butter.
Speaking of butter, I watched Julie and Julia for the 2nd time this weekend. Pretty sure I need to buy that movie. I just love it!
Anyways, it'd be a great soup to make for company served up with some warm bread and a salad.

Bon Appetit!

4 comments:

The Sneaky Mommy said...

Oooo, that sounds so warm and good! I think RJ's grandma has a winner noodle recipe--lots of eggs and cream! We're trying those this week! :)
Hope everyone at your house feels tons better and has a super week!

Bambina Babe said...

The soup sounds good..thanks for the recipe! I also loved Julie and Julia!

une autre mère said...

I'm so impressed that you made homemade noodles! I love them, but have yet to attempt them. They just sound so intimidating.

I really want to watch Julie and Julia. I loved Julia in real-life (she reminded me of my grandma) and heard that Meryl Streep does an amazing job portraying her. Can't wait to watch it!

Amanda said...

I just printed off the recipe... I hope to try it soon! Thank you!

God bless-
Amanda

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