Thank you to Dr. Angela Pucci for sharing this simple and satisfying family favorite recipe!
Chicken Soup for 4
Chicken broth (bone broth recipe below)
2 large carrots, medium sliced
6-8 celery stalks, medium sliced
1/2 an onion (for flavor, no need to slice or dice)
Salt & Pepper to taste
Chicken (leftover or freshly cooked)
Noodles of choice, cooked as per instructions – our family enjoys macaroni style rice noodles
Combine broth, vegetables, onion, salt & pepper into a pot and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and cook until the vegetables are the desired consistency. Usually, 20-30 minutes will do the trick, assuming your veggies aren’t cut too thin. I typically discard the onion once simmered. To each bowl add cooked chicken and cooked noodles and ladle broth and veggies on top. Add more salt and pepper if needed.
Bone broth recipe
Each time we cook a whole chicken or chicken drumsticks, we freeze the bones. This way we always have broth bones on hand and it feels good to use as much of the chicken as possible. To make your own bone broth, put a chicken carcass and any bones in a slow cooker. Cover with water, add 1 tsp. of apple cider vinegar and cook for 24-48 hours. The apple cider vinegar is said to help leach more nutrients out of the chicken bones. Using a slow cooker this way provides gut healing, nourishing broth. My issue with slow cooking, however, is that my house smells like chicken soup all the time and I can’t stand it!!
Enter Instant Pot!
If you aren’t familiar, an Instant Pot is a multi-cooker that can do the job of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, and more. I own the “7-in-1” pot and when I fill it with 10-12 cups of water I can make a ton of broth that I freeze and use for other recipes or last-minute chicken soup whenever I wish. I follow the same recipe as above in my Instant Pot using the “manual” setting for 200 minutes. If I go over 200 minutes, the taste of the broth is really yucky. I let the pressure come down naturally.
Nothing beats a warm bowl of soup on a cold fall day – enjoy!