Saturday, November 6, 2010

Chicken Noodle Soup for the Soul with Homemade Herbed Noodles

Nothing warms the soul like homemade
chicken noodle soup with homemade noodles.

Colder weather begins and I start craving soups and breads.

With the change in weather a really nasty cold caught me.
All I could think of was chicken noodle soup
My husband had bought a rotisserie chicken at the store and
the leftovers looked like the perfect thing for soup.

First I have to tell you my gardening failure.

Our garden has been wonderful this year.  We
had tried a few new things.
The thing I was really excited about was a new way
that you can grow "LOTS" of potatoes.

You can either do this in a large garbage barrel or
in a large garbage sack.   My neighbors were trying
the barrels, so I decided to try the sack.

The idea is that you provide drainage at the bottom
and begin planting your potatoes and cover with 6 inches
 of dirt.  Then when the
potato plants come above the surface of the dirt
you continue to add dirt in 6 inch increments and
the plants continue to grow up through the dirt
and are supposed to send tubers out through all
the layers.

Well, here is my potato stash a couple of weeks ago.
You wait for the plants to die off before you harvest.

I love to bring the grandkids out to the garden so they
learn to love gardening.  So I brought them out and I
was so excited.  "You can expect to produce up
to 50 lbs. of potatoes." 

This was just too exciting!  I could hardly wait.  Harvesting
potatoes is like the ultimate treasure hunt.  So we sliced
the bag, camera ready!  I couldn't wait to weigh my harvest.
The grandkids were excited too!

We began sifting and sifting, they were helping!

All the way to the very bottom of the bag, this was it!!
Mind you, the biggest one here was 2 1/2 inches
across.  Now I have grown potatoes many
times.  I have never had such a failure.  I called the
neighbors and they had the same problem.  We
don't have a clue what we did wrong as bloggers
everywhere are showing huge potatoes and huge

Anyway, we were not wasting those expensive potatoes
(just the price of the bags of dirt to fill that garbage sack!)
So they went into our soup for today.

Herb Noodles

1 1/2 C. flour
2 eggs
2 tsp. olive oil
2 T. water (or more depending on humidity)
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried parsley
2 T. parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. salt

Place all ingredients in a food processor.  Mix
until the dough forms a ball.  Add more water if needed.

Cut dough in half and roll out as thin as desired.  Dust with
flour then roll up and slice into desired size noodles.  Remember
the noodles will swell quite a bit.

I like to cook my noodles in a separate pot of boiling water
so my broth doesn't get cloudy.  Cook about 2-3 minutes.

Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

2 chicken breasts or meaty bones of 1 chicken
8 C. water
1 onion, roughly chopped
1 large carrot, roughly chopped
1 stalk celery, roughly chopped
2 T. chicken bouillon
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. white pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
Additional vegetables as desired - my potatoes!

Place chicken or meaty bones in large pan and
cover with water.  Add remaining ingredients except
the additional vegetables which you will add at the
end.  Bring to a boil and then turn down the heat.
Let simmer about 1 hour.  Strain the soup.  Skim
off any foam.  Chop the meat into bite size pieces.
If using the meaty bones, pull pieces of meat off bones.
Bring the water back up to the original level.
Add any additional vegetables you
desire and cook them until tender. Chop and add the carrots
you cooked in the broth and the onions and celery if
desired.  I don't usually use the onions or celery.

Add the noodles you have already boiled.
Heat through.
Ladel into bowls and garnish with parmesan
cheese if desired.

My favorite ingredient in this soup is the thyme.  It gives it such
a wonderful flavor.

After eating this my teenage son informed me
 that I am to have a pot of soup
ready all winter for when he comes home from school.
Now there is a compliment.

In keeping with Red Couch Recipe's challenge
to include something we are grateful for in every post
this month, I want to say how grateful I am for a
wonderful husband, who doesn't complain about
my blogging, my tablescaping, my shopping for more
plates, etc., etc., etc.  I feel so blessed and am glad that
we want to be married for all eternity.

I will be posting this with


Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. Chicken noodle soup was my standard Sunday evening dinner as a child. Funny, but I haven't thought of that in years. My mom would make a grilled cheese sandwich on the side. Yum. Love the idea of making the noodles. Thanks for the recipes. ~ Sarah

  2. Chicken noodle soup is good for what ails you. :) Yours is lovely, especially with those wonderful herbed noodles. Yum!

  3. Oh yummy-I am so gonna try this!!! Would you like to post this as a guest post on my blog?
    It is so yummy it should be shared!

  4. Jacqueline, I'll bet you felt a lot better after a bowl of your chicken soup. It looks delightful! I love homemade chicken noodle soup. Thanks for sharing your recipe!
    Hugs, Beth

  5. This looks soooo good! I've been wanted soup since the cool weather moved in this past week. I think this should be perfect! :)

  6. You make such delicious things !!! happy Ria...

  7. Ooh, this soup sounds delicious! Just looking at your photos has made me hungry! Also, I was -- no, AM -- very intrigued by this method of growing potatoes. It almost sounds like something an apartment dweller (like me, sigh) could do. What do you think?

  8. Imagine! Real home-made noodles. That's just fabulous. As soon as I'm on school holidays, I'm making these noodles...the dough sounds delicious

  9. I'm sorry about your potatoes! I'm really impressed that you went the extra mile in making your own noodles. I bet they really made a difference in your soup and make it especially delicious!

  10. Oh Wow!! Your noodles are calling out to me. They look sooooooo good! Way to go.


  11. I also have a bit of a cold/sore throat:( My dinner consisted of Campbell's chicken noodle soup and soda crackers. Your soup/noodles look amazing! I've never made homemade noodles. Sorry about your potato harvest..I've never grown potatoes either, so I would probably be excited with a harvest like yours:)

  12. These noodles look delicious! Thanks so much for taking the time to give the recipe!

  13. Hope you're feeling better:@) The soup looks fab, and I've never seen noodles rolled up before being cut before, what a neat idea!

  14. Oh what a lovely blog u have have!!
    Am loving every recipe and ur cuteee pics in the side bars too!
    Ue hand -home-made herbed noddles totally make this soup excellently delicious!!
    Oh bdw, i love chocolate too and well m excitedly looking at all ur pansies and violets et more here!

  15. I was even excited to see your potatoes!..Although something inside me was stirring thinking something was up...

    h no..But still you had some..just like my crop was a few yrs ago:) I was motre excited than my grandsons..
    Your pasta and soup look wonderful..hope you feel better soon.I am really enjoying your lovely blog~

  16. Jacqueline,

    Your problem, you just live too close to Idaho! I very much appreciate your attempt though and that soup looks divine. Hope you are feeling better and enjoying our amazing Fall days again.

  17. Hello Jacqueline!

    Yet another great surprise, a great recipe! Every time I come to your site I get hungry!!! :-)

    How can I not be hooked? You're always posting about chocolate, and now pasta (noodles)??? Are you joking? LOL

    Thank you so much for sharing delicious recipes and photos.

    Luciane at

  18. that looks fantastic!!

    happy sunday, anne

  19. Oh, I'd love to have some of that soup for my Sunday lunch! I've never planted potatoes before.

  20. What a great recipe and the noodles look incredible. Thanks for sharing a recipe that I know my children will love!!

  21. Cannot wait to use your noodle recipe! Thanks so much for this.

  22. Oh, this recipe looks wonderful! And I really enjoyed the "potato sack" tutorial!

  23. Nice to meet you & thanks for stopping by my blog. This soup sounds heavenly. Now if we would only start getting some "soup-type weather" here in AZ!

  24. Found you from [eighteen25 {Snapshots of Life} ]. Sorry to hear about your potatoes. I love the idea of flavored noodles. I have a thyme plant that is 19 years old and smells and tastes so wonderful. I'll have to give this a try.

    Stef at

  25. with soup like that yes, one every day... this sounds scrumptious. sorry about your potato disaster. Must be a famine year.. :)

  26. Sounds really yummy. I think I'll share it for my Sunday Supper post next week with a link to you of course. Have a great weekend. Mona

  27. I remember when you told me about your potato 'famine' not too long ago and now I'm glad I get to see the photos :)

    I'm sorry you're not feeling when I agree, there's nothing that makes you feel better than homemade chicken soup. I love that you made your own noodles too - they sound wonderful. I will them try!

  28. Well I guess that method didn't work. I've never tried my own noodles, but you make it look so easy.

    It was wonderful to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  29. That looks wonderfully rich and comforting. I was never crazy about making pasta, but you have inspired me to try again!

  30. Oh man...I am so making those noodles! Thanks for sharing the recipe...and if you can make noodles like that who even cares about potatoes!

  31. Made the soup made the noodle. Sooooooo yummy. Thanks Jackie for sharing. Love the noodles.


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