Thursday, December 1, 2011

Homemade Soup

One of my favorite foods to have during the colder months is soup. And there's nothing better than knowing you have a whole pot of it. I make soup all the time, and I consider it to be my specialty.
The soup I made for this post was chicken and vegetable. These are the ingredients: chicken, cans of chicken broth or bullion cubes, egg noodles, and whatever vegetables you want. I used onion, carrots, potatoes, Lima beans, corn, peas, and green beans. In order to make the process faster I bought a already cooked chicken and then shredded it myself. I also bought a frozen bag of corn, peas, and green beans so that they were already cooked. If you use a bag of frozen vegetables, make sure to leave it out so it can thaw.

The first thing I did was shred my chicken and put a pot of water on the stove to boil.

Then I proceeded to cut my onion, carrots, and potatoes. It's a good idea to cook these items separately before adding them to the soup. The carrots and potatoes are so hard that they take a long time to soften in the soup. I decided to add my chicken to this mix as well. The onion adds flavor to them.
The onions were from my boyfriend's grandparent's garden. They were incredibly pungent and make me cry throughout most of the soup-making.
As you cook your vegetables, start making the broth. How much broth you use depends on your preference. I don't like much broth in my soup so we didn't make as much as you usually would. If you're using cans you just pour the broth right into a pot. If you are using bullion cubes, measure out how much water you'll need, let the water warm up, and then add the bullion cubes. Put your broth at a higher temperature so that it can start to simmer.
If the water in the other pot is starting to boil now, you can add your noodles.

Once the broth starts to simmer you can add the vegetables that you were previously cooking. Turn the heat down to a medium high. Once those vegetables start to soften you can add the frozen bag of vegetables.
When your noodles are done cooking, pour them into a colander and rinse them with cold water. This will stop the cooking process so when you add them to the rest of your soup they won't become mushy.

Let your soup continue to cook. Sample it every once and a while so you can know what point it's at. How well cooked you want your soup is up to you. I like my soup well cooked, so mine took about 30 minutes after I added the noodles.
When your soup is almost done, add whatever seasonings you want to it. I added just salt and pepper.
Then just serve your soup when it's ready. Now you've got a meal that will last for a couple of days.