Farm to Table – Chicken Noodle Soup

Pastor Appreciation Month

I usually do not think of making soup when it is as warm as it was yesterday(they said we could have record highs in the mid 80’s); however, we celebrated Pastor Appreciation Month at church and since Kevin is a deacon we needed to make Chicken Noodle Soup for the soup dinner which followed the church service. (We are blessed with a great pastor and his wonderful wife!) For many years I did not make Chicken Noodle Soup because I thought it to be too difficult, but a few years ago one of the children signed up to bring it for an event. So, I have experimented with a couple of recipes and found this one to be my favorite! It really is not that difficult!  Isn’t that so true with so many other things we avoid in life?

Chicken Noodle Soup
1 lb. cooked chicken
12 cups chicken broth
1 pkg. (24 oz.) Reames Homestyle Frozen Egg Noodles
2 bay leaves
2 tsp. parsley, dried
1 tsp. black pepper
½ tsp. thyme, dried
2 cups chopped carrots
2 cups chopped celery
2 cups chopped onion
Bring chicken broth to boil with bay leaves. Add noodles and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir often.
Add the parsley, thyme, black pepper, and vegetables. Simmer for 10 minutes or until done.
Add the chicken. Simmer until ready to serve.  (I do add a little more pepper.)

I use my 6 quart heavy stock pan.  This recipe makes about 5 quarts.  It freezes well too.

STEP 1:

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I like to cook a chicken in the crockpot on low all day or all night. Remove the chicken from the bone and save the broth. So, I use boxed broth, fresh broth and if I need more I use chicken bouilion to make the 12 cups (3 qts.)

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Yesterday for the children’s sermon our youth director used the illustration of how farmers plant the seed and harvest the crop; however, God is the one who sends the rain and the sunshine; stating that God is in control. This is definitely appropriate for this time of year!

Planting and HarvestToday it was very windy here in central Iowa!  As Kevin left the house to go to the field he said,”Pray for no fires today!”  We are thankful that the wind is dying down tonight and everyone is home safe for another day.

Have a great week!

Julie

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