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Soup on Tuesday: Lighter Chicken Noodle


Soup on Tuesday

I grew up with a mother who loved to cook.  She really didn’t use recipes too much except when it came to baking.  I really miss her chicken and dumplings.  I don’t even remember the last time we had that.   It probably has too many carbohydrates in it for me now.

Each Tuesday I’m going to be making a soup from favorite recipes I’ve used over the years or I’ll come and visit you as we make your favorite soup.

The first one is a Lighter Chicken Noodle Soup – lighter means less sodium, less carbohydrates, less fat.  Sound like no taste doesn’t it!  Not really, it’s delicious.

Utensils needed:

  • Vegetable peeler
  • Kitchen knife
  • Large cutting board
  •  Wooden spoon
  • Small bowl for parsley
  • Spoon rest
  • At least a 12 cup soup pot

Lighter Chicken Noodle Soup   Adapted from Body for Life Chicken Noodle Soup    Serves 8

  •  ¼ cup extra light olive oil
  • 1 Vidalia onion, chopped
  • 2 extra large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 parsnips, peeled and chopped
  •  4 celery stalks, chopped
  • 4 bay leaves
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 8 cups fat-free, reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 pounds chicken tenders
  • ½ bag of wide Ronzoni whole wheat noodles
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh dill, chopped (optional)

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat.  Add the vegetables and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the broth, bay leaves, black pepper and water and bring to a boil. 

Meanwhile, start a pot of water and bring to a boil with a pinch of salt.  Add half the bag of the Ronzoni Whole Wheat Noodles.  Noodles should be done within 8 minutes.  Drain through your colander.

Add the uncooked chicken and simmer until tender.  Reduce to low.  Add the noodles.  Remove the bay leaves and stir in the parsley.  I would suggest you try a little bit of the soup with the dill before you add 2 Tablespoons.  It’s an acquired taste.  It is totally optional

Ladle a portion, about 2 cups, of soup into each bowl.  The soup is really delicious and smells exceptional in your home.

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