I’ve been eating homemade chicken soup since I’m a little girl. My grandma used to make it and freeze it in containers. My mom did the same thing. My mom’s note: She used to make it the day before, because overnight the fat settles on the top. She would scoop off the fat, heat and serve.
The smell and taste of homemade chicken soup is so comforting, but not everyone can sit around and wait for the chicken to boil, then shred it and boil the bones for another hour. We are busy and can’t sit around cooking all day. I’ve adjusted my mom’s chicken soup and made it a little easier, but still soooooo delicious. It is my son Dominick’s favorite meal. I have a couple of secret ingredients that make it extra special. I don’t usually have enough leftovers to freeze it for another night!
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Saute the carrots, celery, and onion in EVOO and a little bit of butter until tender.(This is one of the secrets to making the slow cooker version as tasty as the regular one-butter!) Towards the end, add the garlic and saute for one or two more minutes. Throw in the parsley and remove from the heat.
Place veggies in the slow cooker.
Add the spices: salt, pepper, thyme, bay leaf and turmeric. (Turmeric is one of the other secrets. It gives a great color to the soup and it’s a natural anti-inflammatory!)
Mix the veggies and spices together and place the chicken on top. Cover the chicken with 4 cups of water and 4 cups of chicken broth.
Set on high for 6 hours.
Carefully remove the chicken pieces and the bay leaf.
Remove and discard all the bones. Shred the chicken. Put the chicken back in the slow cooker. Add the two tiny cans of tomato sauce. (That is the last secret you NEED to know about. My sister Ali said that is what her mother in law does and honestly it really makes it better!)
Set on high for 1 more hour.
Meanwhile, boil the noodles. Drain and set aside.
Place some noodles in the bottom of a bowl. Place chicken soup on top. Grate a little pecorino Romano cheese on top and enjoy!
I'm a stay at home mom and my life revolves around feeding my family of four. I love to cook for my husband Matt and two boys(Matthew-11 and Dominick-9). I'm not good at entertaining big crowds. That makes me nervous! I TRY and cook healthy meals, and I TRY to buy organic.
Matt likes almost everything except for olives, mustard and fancy cheeses-everything I love)! So I try to find recipes without those ingredients or sneak them into the food I make and then he picks them out... And when he likes something, he has no control. Can't stop. Won't stop! But he really tries to make good choices in what he eats. In the last five years or so we both have made changes for the better in our diet.
Matthew eats very little and is very picky. It's hard to watch him eat cause he's always picking! My mom get's so annoyed watching him eat! I was the same damn way as a kid. I tortured my parents by becoming a vegetarian for 7 years! I still can't eat all meat. I'm picky.
Dominick loves almost everything! And when he loves it, you know it. It's all over him and the floor. Unlike Matthew. Not a single crumb....
I am 100% Italian-I think.. I grew up in Long Island and always ate really great food!!! While the other kids in school were bringing Lunchables or buying lunch, I was eating a chicken cutlet sandwich! My mom is an amazing cook. Much better than me. I have to pull recipes and follow them. She just whips stuff up in minutes and its amazing! And my dad loves all of her food, and all food in general! Except if its too healthy, like salmon.... Most of the time when he's eating his eyes are closed. He says he can taste it better that way...
My sisters both live in Long Island and our conversations usually consist of food, fashion, beauty or kids. Ali is similar to my mom. She whips up delicious meals. And they are usually healthy and light. She says she doesn't eat carbs, which is a lie. Every weekend shes at the pork store picking up twisted Italian bread, sausages, and ravioli. Her eyes light up when her 2 year old Joseph eats. Her goal in life is to feed him. And she hates casseroles. Refuses to make them. Lol
Jen is very busy as a dance mom with her two girls. But when she gets in the kitchen, watch out! She cooks up a storm. Her salads are the BEST ever! Usually, it's accompanied with steak and rice or fried chicken cutlets! And there are leftovers for the whole week.
The goal of my blog is to share some of my family's favorite foods. I'll let you know what works out well and not so well for me when it comes to feeding the fam!
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