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Chicken Noodle Soup

To make chicken and rice soup, substitute 1 cup cooked white rice for the noodles. Add the rice to the soup about 2 minutes before serving in the second step.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 1 leek, white portion only, halved, rinsed and thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 5 cups chicken stock, homemade (see related recipe at left) or purchased
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken, homemade (see related recipe at left) or purchased
  • 1/2 lb. dried egg noodles
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley

Directions:

Prepare the soup
In a large saucepan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. When it is hot, add the celery, leek and carrot and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Pour in the stock and add the bay leaf, thyme and shredded chicken. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the noodles, stir well and cook just until the noodles are tender, about 10 minutes.

Season the soup
Remove and discard the bay leaf from the soup. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into warmed bowls, garnish with the parsley and serve immediately. Serves 4.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Food Made Fast Series, Soup, by Georgeanne Brennan (Oxmoor House, 2006).