Chicken and Noodles


chicken and noodles

This is one of my favorite Winter recipes to make when I have a little bit of time.  It is worth the extra work.

Your family will love this one!

Enjoy and Happy Cooking,

Vonnie (A cook in her kitchen)

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole Cut Up Fryer Chicken
  • 3 whole Carrots, Diced
  • 2 stalks Celery, Diced
  • 1 whole Medium Onion, Diced
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pepper (more To Taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Thyme or a couple sprigs of fresh
  • 2 teaspoons Parsley Flakes
  • 16 ounces Frozen Egg Noodles( I use Reames Brand)
  • 3 Tablespoons All-purpose Flour

 

Directions:

Cover chicken in 4 quarts water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer for 30-40 minutes.

Remove the chicken from pot and with 2 two forks, remove as much meat from the bones as you can, shredding meat as you go along. Return bones to broth and simmer on low, covered, for 1 hour.

Remove bones from broth, making sure to get all the small bones.

Add the carrots, celery, onions, garlic, herbs and spices to the pot. Stir to combine and simmer for 10 minutes.

Increase heat and add noodles and chicken. Cook for 10 minutes.

Mix flour and a little water. Stir until smooth. Pour into soup, stir to combine, and simmer for another 4-5 minutes, or until broth thickens a bit. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.  Enjoy!

 

 

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Creamy Potato and Broccoli Soup


creamy potato and broccili soup

This seems like the perfect recipe to share today. Here in Michigan we expected to get hit hard by a winter storm. This soup is hearty and will warm you up no matter what state you live in.
A couple of variations could be: 1. I used a hot pepper cheese, but I think any kind of cheddar or combination of your favorite cheeses would work well.  2. I used a smoked applewood thick cut bacon, but a peppered bacon, or pancetta might be nice. 3. If you have some wonderful chicken stock, that would be perfect. If you are like me than you can use a wonderful product. Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base. I love this stuff!! Also, you could use a vegetable broth. 

For those meat free-ers, just omit that step. Make sure if you don’t have some bacon grease to brown the vegetables, use 2 TBSP. of olive oil.

Stay warm and safe.

Enjoy and Happy cooking,

Vonnie

Ingredients:

 

3 slices Thick Bacon, Cut Into 1/2-inch Pieces

1  whole Medium Onion, Diced

3 whole Carrots, Scrubbed Clean And Diced

3 stalks Celery, Diced

3 whole medium Idaho Potatoes, Peeled And Diced

2 cups of broccoli,  chopped (fresh or frozen)

6 cups  Chicken or Vegetable Broth

3 Tablespoons All-purpose Flour

2 cups Milk

1 cup Heavy Cream

2 cups grated cheese of your choice

1/2 teaspoon Salt, More To Taste (optional)

 Pepper To Taste

 

 

Directions:

Add bacon pieces to a soup pot over medium heat and cook bacon until crisp and fat is rendered. Remove the bacon from the pot and set it aside. Pour off all but 2 TBSP. of grease, and do not clean the pot.

Return the hot to medium-high heat and add the onions, carrots, and celery. Stir and cook for 2 minutes or so, then add the diced potatoes and broccoli. Cook for 5 minutes, seasoning with salt and pepper.

Pour in the broth and bring it to a gentle boil. Cook for 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are starting to get tender. Whisk together the flour and the milk, then pour into the soup and allow the soup to cook for another 5 minutes.

Remove  1/2 the soup and blend in a blender,food processor, or large bowl that you can use your immersion blender and blend until completely smooth. (Remember if you are using your blender, DO NOT PUT THE LID ON!! Pour it back into the soup pot and stir to combine. Stir in grated cheese, cream, and bacon. Stir until everything is combined and melted.
Serves:6

Irish Bacon and Cabbage Soup


This is what I like to make on St. Patrick’s Day.  It is so satisfying and easy to make.  I always serve it with some homemade Irish Soda Bread and a Killians beer, but since I was traveling yesterday I didn’t get a chance to make it.  It doesn’t have to be St. Patrick’s Day to enjoy one of my favorite soups.  The next day works too!

Hope you enjoy and Happy Cooking,

Vonnie

 

 

Ingredients:

1/2 pound Irish bacon, diced

2 large potatoes, peeled and cubed

1 large onion, chopped

2 celery stalks, chopped

2 carrots, peeled and chopped

1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice

3 cup chicken stock

salt and black pepper to taste

2 cups thinly sliced dark green savoy cabbage leaves

 

Directions:

Place bacon in a large, deep stockpot or saucepan.  Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown.  Drain off any excess fat.

Stir in potatoes, onions, celery, carrots, tomatoes, and chicken stock to cover.  Season with salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for 20 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.

Stir in cabbage and allow the soup to simmer for a few minutes longer before serving.

Serves: 6

 

 

Zuppa Toscana


In need of a great dinner? Look no farther. This soup is so satisfying and takes no time to prepare! If you are not a fan of Kale or Swiss Chard you can substitute Spinach.  A nice salad and crusty bread makes this a perfect meal!

Enjoy and Happy Cooking,

Vonnie

 Ingredients:                                                                               

1 pound bulk mild Italian sausage

1 1/4 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes

6 slices bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

1 large onion, diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

8 cups chicken stock or broth

6  Yukon potato, thinly sliced

1 cup heavy cream

2 cups kale or swiss chard,  chopped

                                                                                                                

    Directions

Cook the Italian sausage and red pepper flakes in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat until crumbly, browned, and no longer pink, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and set aside.  Cook the bacon in the same Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp, about 10 minutes. Drain, leaving a few tablespoons of drippings with the bacon in the bottom of the Dutch oven. Stir in the onions and garlic; cook until onions are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Pour the chicken stock into the Dutch oven with the bacon and onion mixture; bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce heat. Add potatoes and simmer for 10 minutes. Add Kale and simmer another 10 minutes. Check potatoes. They should be fork tender. Add cream and cooked sausage. Heat until warm.

Chicken and Dumpling Soup


SNOW we have SNOW!!  Winter has finally arrived in Michigan and what better way to ward off the blues on a cold day than with a great bowl of soup.  This is the perfect dinner that will warm you and your family through and through.  It is so satisfying, and best of all it takes no time to make.  This is one of my favorite soups, and the leftovers are fantastic!!

Enjoy and Happy Cooking,                                                               

Vonnie

Ingredients:

3 slices bacon

3 large potatoes, peeled and diced

2 carrots, peeled and diced

1 onion, diced

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – diced

3 cups chicken broth

1 teaspoon poultry seasoning

salt and pepper to taste

1 (15.25 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained and rinsed

1 cup frozen peas

3 cups half-and-half

1 1/2 cups biscuit mix

1 cup milk

 

Directions:

Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside; reserve bacon drippings in skillet.

Add potatoes, carrots, onion and chicken to bacon drippings and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour in chicken broth; season with poultry seasoning, salt and pepper. Stir in corn, and simmer all together for 15 minutes Add frozen peas.

Pour in half-and-half and bring to a boil; add crumbled bacon. In a medium bowl, combine biscuit mix with milk and mix well (dough should be thick). Drop tablespoon sizes of dough into boiling mixture; reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes uncovered, then another 10 minutes covered. (Note: Do not stir while simmering, or dumplings will break apart). Serve hot.

Cream of Mushroom Soup


Ever want to have bowl of  rich cream of mushroom soup, but all you have time to make is the canned variety?  This is a great recipe when you are short are time, but trust me it won’t be short on flavor. You will never go to the store and pick up a can of soup again when you put this recipe in your repertoire!   Serve this with a simple salad and you have a wonderful satisfying meal on a wonderful Fall day!

PS This is great for Meatless Monday!

Enjoy and Happy cooking~

 Vonnie                                                                                                    

Ingredients:                                                                                                 

 1 pound fresh mushrooms

 1/4 cup margarine

 1 small onion, chopped fine 

 3 cloves garlic, chopped

 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

 4 cups vegetable broth

 1 cup  cream (I use half and half)

 salt and pepper to taste

 1 sprig fresh thyme leaves

 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives

 Directions

Thinly slice the mushroom cap. Melt the butter in a heavy-based pan and cook the onion, garlic and chopped thyme, stirring, for 1 minute, or until the garlic is golden. Add the mushrooms and salt and white pepper. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the mushrooms  soften. Add flour and cook, stirring for 1 minute.

 Remove from the heat and add the stock, stirring continuously. Return to the heat and bring to the boil, stirring. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

 Whisk the cream into the soup, then reheat gently, stirring. Do not allow the soup to boil. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and garnish with the chopped chives and thyme.