Nothing else beats a cozy, warm, and comforting bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup. Save those chicken and turkey bones to make the best broth in the world. No other broth comes close.
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Every year, the festive holiday season makes it easier to make peace with the fact that the days are getting much shorter and nippier. Despite being a cold weather wimp, I still love the holiday season. From the pretty lights popping up on neighbors’ homes and in stores, to the beckoning aroma of warm spices everywhere…this time of year is truly beautiful.
This Thanksgiving and Christmas also marks the first year our youngest child, now age 3, comprehends the meaning behind the holidays and participates wholly in the festivities. He can join his older siblings in counting his own blessings this Thanksgiving, no prompts needed. In fact, he may try to present a lengthy monologue at the dinner table. In which case, some prompting will be needed.
Use leftover turkey or chicken bones
With Thanksgiving nearly upon us, Hubby has a very big bird resting in a savory brine at this very moment. The kids are excited for the hourly countdown to their favorite kind of turkey feast with all the trimmings (and for their 4-day weekend off school.) I am thankful to have the opportunity to make a delicious mess in the kitchen with my favorite people in the whole world.
One of our favorite things to do with leftover turkey (or chicken) and its great carcass is to save it! Keep that turkey carcass after your holiday meal, even if you aren’t planning to do anything with it for a few days. You can wrap it up and freeze it until you’re ready to use it. Then, on a chilly, stay-home kind of day, take those poultry bones out and make the best broth ever. Ever.
All the flavor from the carcass and turkey/chicken meat get super concentrated into the broth with a long, slow simmer. It does take time to get that deeply flavorful broth. Once the broth has reduced enough, your patience will be rewarded with the tastiest broth you’ve had. From there, it’s all game. 😉 Add your favorite veggies, favorite noodles, and throw in the leftover turkey or chicken meat.
This is one of those healthy meals my kids devour faster than french fries. They gobble this up with such comical speed that I have videotaped their noodle-soup-eating-frenzy for future viewing.
Enjoy this most comforting of comfort foods.Print