I know what you might be thinking. It's the end of summer, it's 93° out... why are you making soup? Well, starting on Friday I came down with a nasty cold. Thankfully I'm starting to feel better, but now Paul is starting to show symptoms. Great. It is his first week of grad school and I don't want him to feel as crappy as I did the last few days. I have nothing to do today, so I figured some good old chicken noodle soup would be a nice thing for him to come home to. The problem is, it's hot as hell outside, and I don't want to make things even hotter by having a pot of soup simmering on the stove all afternoon. So I decided to go for my trusty Crock-Pot. I know my tastiest soups have started with sweating the mirepoix in butter, and letting the soup simmer for a couple hours, but A) I have a lot of chores I'd like to get done today after laying in bed the last 3 days, and the Crock-Pot is the perfect solution; and B) it's HOT. I'm sure this will still be tasty, but most importantly, I want it to be healthy and hearty. And that it is.
I pretty much threw this together spontaneously, so this is the closest I can come to a recipe. It's very interesting and challenging to write recipes for meals in which I "wing it" -- but I just make sure I pay attention to the amounts I'm using as I go along.
Basic Chicken Noodle Soup For Two [for a small slow cooker -- about 4-6 cup capacity]
- 1 skinless boneless chicken breast, cut into chunks
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 2 medium carrots, chopped
- about 1 cup of chopped onions
- kernels from 1 ear of corn
- salt and pepper to your taste
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped; or 1 1/2 tsp dried parsley flakes
- 1/4 tsp ground cumin
- enough chicken broth to fill your slow cooker about three-quarters full
- 6 oz. noodles
- Combine first nine ingredients in the slow cooker; cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours.
- Cook the noodles separately and add just before serving.
|Everything but the broth and seasonings.|
|Labeling is your friend.|
|All ready to cook.|
|That's one chunky soup!|
Turned out pretty good! This was a VERY hearty soup -- I may even venture out and call it a stew. But that is basically what I was going for. Chunky, lots of flavor, chock full of good nutrients. I still prefer to make soup on the stove-top, but this was a great option for a hot day.