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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Lolly's "Cure What Ails You" Chicken Noodle Soup

Sweet Harold has had a busy week as always. Granted, dealing with me is a full time job, but I digress. We had great plans for this weekend, but as always, life doesn't go as planned. When he woke up  this morning, he had a fever. I insisted he go straight to the doctor. Well, after almost making it through the worst cough/cold/flu season this area has experienced in years.....he has the flu. Yes we both had a flu shot, but I guess if it wants you, it gets you. 

Perfect opportunity to drag out the soup pot and make a nice batch of Chicken Noodle Soup. This soup Laughs In The Face of Campbell's Canned Wannabe. 

4 quarts water
3 chicken breasts
2 t. chicken base
1 T. butter
1 small yellow onion, diced
3 small carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 T. olive oil
1 T. butter
salt and pepper
1 t. ground thyme
2 T. flour
1 cup frozen green peas
8 oz. linguine noodles, broken into fourths
1/2 cup half and half

Bring water to a boil and add chicken breasts and chicken base. While chicken is cooking, dice vegetables and heat olive oil and butter in medium skillet over medium high heat. Add veggies and garlic to the skillet and add a little salt and pepper along with the thyme. Cook, stirring occasionally until vegetables are soft. Add flour to skillet and stir until golden brown, about 2 - 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

When chicken is done, remove from broth and let cool slightly. Shred chicken.  Add vegetables to broth and bring to a boil. Add frozen peas and noodles and cook until done, about 8 - 10 minutes. Add chicken and half and half and heat through. Taste to check for need for additional salt and pepper. 

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