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Good Old Chicken Soup 

 Originally Written: March 18, 2009

By  Hanna Trafford

Last Updated on March 19, 2009 by Hanna Trafford

chicken-noodle-soup2I just had to do this one! Whether you believe it or not, good homemade chicken soup, made from scratch is a great thing to have on hand for just about anything; We are not sure if it really works when you have a bad cold – but I can tell you that it will most definitely not hurt! I always make a big pot of it, then put portions into ziplock bags and freeze them. It defrosts beautifully and tastes even better!

Chicken Broth:

4 lb. chicken cut into 5 or 6 pieces

6 cups of cold water

1 carrot sliced

2 stalks of celery, sliced

1 onion, sliced

2 cloves of garlic

1 bay leaf

1/2 teaspoon peppercorns

salt and pepper to taste

Clean and wipe chicken, put all except breast meat in a large pot. Add water, vegetables and seasonings. Heat gradually to boiling point; add breast meat. Cover and cook slowly until breast meat is tender (give it about an hour or more  it depends on what meat you are using) . Cool and remove fat that will set on top of the broth. Bring to boil again; strain. Add more seasonings if desired. You can now cool it and store it for future use or return vegetables into the broth, cut up the meat and add noodles. Cook until noodles are tender and again adjust seasonings to taste.

I also like to add chopped potatoes and sliced mushrooms – it makes this old-fashioned chicken noodle soup even better!

I would love to hear your comments – was this recipe helpful to you?

Hanna Trafford


Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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  • A great idea for future recipes this. Thank you for sharing it. Have you noticed how so many people appear to be cooking again? I wonder if the lack of funds due to the current climate has something to do with it and we all appear to be cooking again! its great!

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