Chicken noodle soup is one of my all time favorite soups. It is one of the few things I can eat when I don't feel good that makes me feel better.
There is definitely something to the saying about a little cup of chicken noodle when you are sick! It has been "cold" here and I figured soup was
the perfect meal! To us Floridian's 60 is cold
so it requires soup to warm you up! I decided to use Orzo pasta because I had a box and hadn't
used it yet. I am a pasta fan of any kind so why not try something else!
Chicken soup is pretty easy. All you do is toss everything in a big pot and let it cook. The worst part is tearing apart the whole chicken. I won't
lie that part always makes my stomach turn!
Mblah's Chicken Soup with Orzo
This recipe does make a huge serving! Plenty to freeze for later.
1 whole raw chicken (about 5lbs)
1 entire package of celery
7 whole carrots
2 small/medium onions
1/2 lb fresh green beans
1 large yellow squash (or two small ones)
Fresh thyme, sage, parsley and rosemary
Salt and Pepper
Half a box of Orzo Pasta
1. Break chicken into pieces. I usually break the wings and legs off and then cut the breasts in half.
2. Slice celery, carrots and onion.
3. Chop green beans and squash into 1 inch pieces.
For the herbs:
I used about 8 sprigs of thyme, 6 sage leaves, 1/4 cup of chopped parsley and 2 sprigs of rosemary. I also added some dill weed (about 1tbs) Salt and
Pepper as preferred. You can add less or more of the herbs if you choose. While the soup was cooking I added a little more of each in dried form or
crushed form to balance out the flavor. You just taste the broth as it's cooking to get desired flavor.
4. Toss all
the above ingredients minus the orzo into a BIG pot like this:
If you don't have one this big you can use two big pots. I have had to do this in the past. It makes a lot of soup! I think when it comes to soup,
always go big! You can always freeze half of it for another cold day.
If you want to half the recipe you can do that as well.
5. Add water til it covers the chicken and veggies. Bring to a boil then turn to medium and let cook for about 3hrs til chicken is tender and falls
off the bone and veggies are done. After three hours all should be fine.
What I do is use a pair of tongs and pick up the big pieces of meat and use a fork to help pick off the meat and it should just fall right off. You
will get some small bones in there so just be careful when you eat and let others know to watch out for bones! You can't get every single bone
otherwise you might be there all night lol
Towards the last 10mins of cooking cook the Orzo pasta. Once pasta is done, add to the soup and voila it's done! Serve with bread or a grilled cheese