Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup ~ I am sharing my Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup recipe but before I do I want to give you an update…
I just wanted to let you know that my real life has taken precedence over my bloggy life. I have a wonderful 87-year-old father who has become quite ill these past few weeks and has needed support as he trudges through these difficult medical times. For his age, he is amazingly resilient because when he’s not sick he’s quite fit and mentally sharp.
This is quite amazing considering he’s had his medical challenges. When he was 80 years old, he was diagnosed with a very aggressive bladder cancer and had to have his bladder removed. At that time my mother was also diagnosed with lung cancer, which had traveled to her brain. Needless to say it was a very stressful and crazy time for me because they were in different hospitals on totally different sides of the city. The bad news is that my mother died six months later but the good news is that my father went on to survive and lead a quality life for the next seven years.
He became quite ill this past Christmas and after a hospital stay we thought he was on the mend. Then he became ill again in February, recuperated and again worsened a few weeks ago. I knew something was terribly wrong. This is a man who used to walk a mile to the grocery store to pick up a few groceries and hop on the bus back to his senior citizen independent living condo on a daily basis.
With this last hospitalization he’s been diagnosed with the root of the problem and requires daily medical support from his amazing home care nurses and will eventually require surgery. He also has a cleaning lady and I am the one making sure his breakfast, lunches and dinners are ready to go so he can eat properly. I am also working full time and spending about two hours driving to work, his home and back to where I live most days of the week.
That doesn’t leave much time for me to do what I love to do and that is my blogging. Hence, my priorities have had to shift a bit. I just don’t have the time right now to visit all of the wonderful blogs I enjoy so much in a timely fashion as well as write the kind of blogs I love to write.
Luckily, my father has a pretty good appetite and has always loved homemade soup so I made a big pot of this Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup.
I have to admit I haven’t made chicken soup for quite a while. So I went on a hunt through my many cookbooks for the ultimate recipe. Can you believe I couldn’t find one? Then I did a search on Pinterest and I still didn’t find what I was looking for. I did check out a recipe that caught my eye but it called for 4 tablespoons of salt and my father is presently on a low salt diet.
So I combined some recipes and some of my father‘s food preferences and came up with my own version. I wanted to make a soup that was mostly hearty and not broth so he got the necessary veggies, meat and carbs that his body needs in order to rebuild strength. It’s almost a clean recipe except for the egg noodles. But most of it is super nutritious and most importantly, super tasty!
Just to warn you ahead of time I tend to make my soups quite thick. One bowl of this soup with some raw veggies and dip plus a whole-wheat bun will make an awesome tasty nutritious dinner. Not only was I able to make several meals for my father but several for us back at the home front!
Recipe For Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup…
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 2 cartons (about 2 liters or 8 cups) low sodium chicken broth
- 1 medium size onion chopped finely
- 1 medium size zucchini chopped finely
- 3 medium size carrots chopped finely
- 3 medium size celery chopped finely
- 1 leek chopped finely
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried basil
- Dash of Worcestershire sauce
- Salt to taste
- 1 cup fine dried egg noodles
- Place chicken breasts in a shallow glass-baking dish. Pour about ½ cup of the chicken broth over top of the breasts and bake at 350° for about 30 minutes. After the chicken has been baked cut into bite-size pieces.
- Pour the chicken broth into a large cooking pot and add the finely chopped onion, zucchini, carrots and celery, leek, plus the dried herbs, salt and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer for about 15 minutes after it has come to a boil.
- Add the fine dried egg noodles and chopped chicken. Cook for another fifteen minutes until the veggies and noodles are well cooked.
- I recommend adding the remaining baked broth and chicken breast drippings from the glass-baking dish to the cooking soup.
I would love to hear what you think of Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup. I have to admit I enjoy making soups that are the full meal deal like this one!
Here are two other full meal soups you might enjoy too…
Till next time!