Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup! This is my lazy mom version! Just throw everything into one big pot with some water and let it boil for about 45 minutes! It’s so easy and delicious! To get my tips and to see what ingredients I use, read the post below!
Hello from South Carolina! I’m actually staying in a beach house in Isle of Palms, seconds away from the beach and am having so much fun and learning a ton about food photography. We head into Charleston tomorrow and Friday so if you want to follow along, watch my instagram story!
On the plane ride, I started reading Present Over Perfect, a book that was recommended by Stephanie from Girl Versus Dough. The book is about slowing down, taking inventory in your life, re-prioritizing and changing from the inside out. Last year, I worked like crazy. So many sponsored posts and trips, I was definitely burnt out and feeling inadequate and that I wasn’t doing anything right: being a wife, mother, writer, photographer .. everything.
I’ll share more about the book when I am finished but I love that it’s making me think and question myself and my life.
I think it’s good for us to stretch and change ourselves for the better. One thing I hate about myself is that I am always on my phone. Whether it’s checking social media or taking a photo or putting something on snapchat. . Don’t get me wrong. It’s my job. But there’s a time and place for everything. Not at the dinner table. Not when we are out to eat with my family. Our house rules: no phone at the table.
On the plane, I looked around right before takeoff and everyone was on their iPhone. No one was talking. There was no connecting with people, getting to know someone new. Just everyone staring down at their phones.
That’s the one thing I dislike about technology today. We are connecting less. We are glued to our phones. All the time.
This year, I want to connect. With my family, with my friends, with strangers. I want to know people and talk. Have conversations.
I want to spend more time with my girls. I don’t want to regret anything 5, 10, 15 years from now. I know I’m not perfect but I am going to be more mindful about my actions.
Chicken Noodle Soup is one of my kids’ favorites. When my kids are sick, or when the weather is cold, we turn to soup. They love it so much, they order it when we go out. Phoebe loves the soup broth and Madeline loves the chicken and the pasta.
One day, I had the urge to make chicken noodle soup but I only had boneless, skinless chicken thigh meat. So, I cut it up and used what I had. And you know what?
It was absolutely delicious!
I know the soup is better and more flavorful when you use a whole chicken, all parts, skin and bones and everything. . but if you’re in a pinch and don’t want to mess with cutting a whole chicken up, or deal with the bones, you have to try this recipe!
And, this soup is still flavorful! What I loved was that the soup was light but still rich in flavor. And it only took about 45 minutes (you could even just boil for 30 minutes if you were pressed for time) and there was nothing to mess with. Everything just goes directly into one pot!
I know I will be making this soup again and again for sure! My family loved it!
- 1.25 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thigh meat*, cubed
- 4 to 5 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 4 ribs of celery, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced or finely diced
- 8 to 9 cups of water + more if needed
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 to 3 sprigs of fresh thyme
- Salt and pepper
- ½ lb. rotini pasta
- fresh parsley for garnish
- Using a large heavy bottomed pot, dump in the chicken, carrots, celery, onion and garlic. Pour in the water; you want enough water to cover everything and rise up even more. This will become your chicken soup broth (plus you are adding the pasta later so you want to make sure there's enough liquid).
- Add the bay leaves, thyme sprigs right on top, season with salt and pepper, give everything a good mix and then bring everything to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down to medium low and let simmer for about 35 to 40 minutes.
- After about 35 minutes, add the uncooked pasta and let cook for about 7 to 8 minutes. You can turn the heat up a little higher if you need to. Mix together, taste, season with more salt and pepper. When ready to serve, remove the bay leaves and thyme stems. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve!