This recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup is rich and filling but requires nothing to be done outside of the slow cooker. Cozy up with a cup for dinner – or very large bowl – and let it keep you warm all winter.
Things have been pretty quiet around the blog for the last couple of weeks. That is because yours truly has been sick. My beautiful children brought home germs and shared with everyone. Thankfully they have all returned to health but have left me with pneumonia. (Yes, they are well and I have pneumonia. Now how is that fair?!)
Needless to say, feeding my herd healthy meals has been harder than normal. We have had lots of simple dinners and more than a little boxed cereal for breakfast. And lots of things I could stand up, throw in the crockpot, close the lid and lay back down. Praying that chicken Soup really is good for the soul and it does cure all that ails you, this easy Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup was born – not out of cooking finesse or creativity – but from the fact that I could buy most of the ingredients in the over-priced, pre-chopped veggie section in the closest grocery store’s produce aisle allowing me to return to my comfy chair and binge watching Homeland.
I am happy to say that the soup was delicious and literally required nothing to be done outside of the slow cooker. This is a large batch of soup so if you plan to freeze any for later meals, do so before adding the pasta. It won’t return to its noodle fabulousness after freezing. Also, I used chicken breast and chicken thighs for the soup. But either or both will do. Chicken thighs are cheap, give a nice richness to the broth, and they were in the freezer. (See above note about returning to my comfy chair as soon as humanly possible.)
I will admit that I cheated a little and added turkey broth that had been hanging around my freezer since last Thanksgiving. I always make turkey broth ahead of the holiday season so I am never without the good stuff for the cornbread dressing. Generally I turn my leftover turkey bits into broth after the holiday and freeze it for soups through the year.
If you have never made your own broth, don’t be scared. It is also all done in the slow cooker. You can check out this recipe for Turkey Wings for an easy weeknight meal, it includes how to turn your leftovers from that meal into a rich broth to get you ready for Thanksgiving cooking. Leftover chicken works just the same. We often make whole chicken in the slow cooker for one meal, make broth overnight in the slow cooker, then make soup from the broth for dinner the next day. Two meal, one crockpot cleanup, WIN!
Though I hesitate to share one of my early blogging pictures with you now, this Chicken and Vegetable Soup is wonderful and made in the slow cooker in exactly the same way. I promise it is much tastier than my early blogger photography skills could capture at the time. And should you find yourself sick this winter, you might need easy soup recipes as much as I did!