This one time
at band camp when I was probably….Idk, 11-12, we were doing this unit study on the Italian Renaissance, and part of all of our unit studies was always food. Well, a lot of shit they ate in the renaissance was less than appealing by today’s standards, but at least Italy is always pretty reliable for some things.
Now, I had been cooking for barely 3 years at this point, and it was always really simple meals. Easy stuff that can be done in less than an hour for lunch, y’know. Well, for some reason mom decided I was old enough to a) follow a recipe by myself, and b) make a whole frickin’ three course dinner. Things did not go as planned.
If you didn’t know, when cooked by a short-armed 11-12 year old, spaghetti Bolognese, an antipasto platter, and some sort of side dish (I don’t remember what), will take approximately 5 hours, and you will eat dinner at about 9:30.
BUT I learned a valuable lesson that day: you cannot cook meal items one at a time or it will take a million years and you will be tired and frustrated. Also, you don’t usually have to follow a recipe to the letter.
I think it’s entirely possible that both through this traumatic experience, and with the rise of Pinterest’s plethora of “One-Pan Meals”, that is why I love things that can be made all in one pot.
Now, one of my absolute favorites is actually one of the few things my mom didn’t really cook when I was growing up. She’s not overly fond of it, so we didn’t get it often. And that is a really good, homestyle chicken noodle soup. When I found my first recipe for it (thanks again, Pinterest), I was like “you know what? This sounds hella good.” So the next time my hubby (then boyfriend) got sick, I drove my ass an hour down to his apartment, and made chicken noodle soup. And I think it’s about half the reason he decided to propose.
Now, there is actually some science behind the idea that chicken noodle soup is good for a cold, as is laid out in this New York Times article. Personally, I just find it delicious. It really may be good for the soul.
So here is the recipe to my marriage-worthy chicken noodle soup. Prepare to be amazed.
Chickin Noodle Soup, Homestyle
- 2-3 boneless skinless chickin titties (or whatever cooked chickin u have)
- ½ of a large onion, diced
- 4-ish good sized carrots, sliced-n-diced however big u want ‘em
- 2 stalks celery, diced small
- 2 cloves garlic, smashed-n-chopped
- 2-3 of them 32 oz cartons of chickin broth
- A fair bit of salt (like ½ tblsp? Idk)
- Liberal dash of thyme and rosemary. U know what go for a second dash.
- Splash of white wine (drink some while ur at it)
- 1 packet of chickin seasoning from Ramen noodles I know u got some u cheap ass.
- take ur veggies and chop ‘em all up and u can probably just throw them in a big ass pot with a little bit o’ olive oil if you got it, regular oil if not, and simmer them bad boys till they nice and soft.
- Plop ur chickin titties into ur pot and pour in some o’ dat good chickin broth. Enough to cover up the chickin by an inch or so. Heat that sucker to boilin then bring it on down to a simmer for a while. Don’t ask how long just keep reading. (Also you can put those bad boys in a crockpot with just a lil bit of broth and leave them on low while u go to work)
- Have some white wine. It’s cooking wine it tastes like shit, don’t drink that.
- When u can stab the chickin titties with a fork and pretty easily pull it apart, pull ‘em out of the pot and let ur veggies keep simmering down low.
- Use a couple of forks or a friend who doesn’t mind burnt fingers and shred ur chickin all up.
- Throw it back in the pot, add the rest of the chickin broth until it looks like enough broth for u.
- Add the salt, thyme, and rosemary in there and bring it back to a boil.
- If u want to add the white wine and/or chickin seasoning, now would be the time.
- U have the option to either cook ur noodles in with the soup, in which case add extra broth because they soak up a SHIT TON, or cook them separate and add them to ur bowl with however much noodles u like.
- I’d probably simmer for another 20 minutes or so but if ur starving just get it heated all up and eat up son.
*Side note: I like egg noodles (the kinda lazy curly ones) in mine, but u can use whatever noodles u want, or rice, or quinoa, or whatevs.
** Side-side note: u can make this in the crockpot without cookin ur veggies first, just throw it all in there (without the noodles/rice) and put it on low for 8 hours or high for 4-5.