Recipes

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

My husband hasn’t been feeling very well the last couple of days and requested chicken noodle soup. I thought, I can either go to the store and buy canned soup, or make it from scratch (for close to the same price) and have several meals. So…I decided to make it from scratch! It turned out delicious and was super simple! I ended up with enough soup for dinner last night as well as enough for probably 4 more generous servings. Well worth the little effort and definitely a much better value than canned soup!

Ingredients:

1 lb chicken breast (or left over turkey)

2 Tablespoons butter

1 cup celery

1 cup chopped onions

1 cup chopped carrots

3 cloves of garlic

1 1/2 cups egg noodles

48 oz chicken broth

32 oz vegetable broth

1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning

1/2 teaspoon basil

1/2 teaspoon oregano

Directions:

Cook your chicken. I like to cook mine in a cast iron pan in the oven at 350 for about 20-25 minutes or until done. I seasoned it with garlic powder, onion powered, a little poultry seasoning and black pepper. I also added a little of the chicken broth to help with keeping it moist. Once done, cool, and then use a fork to shred.

Sauté your carrots, celery, onion, and garlic in 2 tablespoons of butter until soft.

Mix sautéed veggies, chicken, both broths, oregano, basil, and poultry seasoning in a large pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer about 30 minutes. Add in the egg noodles and simmer another 20 minutes or until noodles are soft.

Serve and enjoy!!

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Classic Lasagna Soup

With winter weather quickly approaching us here in the Inland Northwest, soups are going to be a regular on our menu. Not only is it a winter staple, it is also a necessity. The last couple of years we have had intense wind storms that leave us without power for up to a week at a time. We are prepared with a generator and wood stove but having soups ready to go in the freezer has been a huge blessing in the past! All I have to do is pull it out of the freezer and heat it up on the wood stove… easy, home cooked meal ready to go in minutes, even in a power outage!

This soup is beyond delicious! It is sure to please your family or even dinner guests. (And my daughter and I had a lot of fun making it together!) Let me know what you think once you’ve tried it! Also, what are some of your favorite winter comfort foods?

Ingredients:

1/2 lb ground beef

1/2 lb Italian sausage

1 onion-diced

5 cloves fresh garlic

5 leaves fresh basil

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 24oz traditional spaghetti sauce

8 cups chicken broth

1 14oz can crushed tomatoes

2 Tablespoons tomato paste

2 Teaspoons balsamic vinegar

1 1/2 Teaspoons sugar

1 1/2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning

10 uncooked lasagna noodles, broken into small pieces

3/4 cup heavy cream divided

4 Tablespoons ricotta cheese

Garnish:

Ricotta cheese

Mozzarella cheese

Parmesan cheese

Fresh basil

Directions:

In a pan brown ground beef, Italian sausage, onions, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Drain any excess grease then move to a large pot.Add spaghetti sauce, 6 cups chicken broth, 1/2 cup heavy cream, tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, sugar, Italian seasoning, basil, 4 Tablespoons ricotta cheese, and broken lasagna noodles.Add in 1/4 cup heavy cream and 2 cups chicken broth. Cook another 5 minutes Served garnished with ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese and basil. (I also added garlic cheese bread on the side!) Enjoy and have a blessed day!!!

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Delicious Homemade Taco Soup

Homemade soups are one of my favorite meals. They are incredibly easy to make and for busy nights it’s so convenient to have something ready to go. For us Tuesday nights are Ladies bible study nights and Wednesday’s we have our midweek church services. This means we are usually pressed for time those nights and having something cooking in the crockpot or something we can heat up makes for a much less chaotic night!

Growing up my mom used to make this soup and it has always been a meal I look forward to! If you are looking for a tasty family friendly meal give it a shot and let me know what you think!!

Ingredients:

1 lb ground beef

1/2 cup chopped onion

2-3 cloves of garlic

1 1/2 cups water

2 16 oz cans stewed Italian tomatoes

1 16 oz can Kidney beans

1 16 oz can tomato sauce

1 4 oz can chopped green chili’s

1 packet of taco seasoning

Topping ideas:

Cheese

Fresh tomatoesFresh onionsGreen onionsSour creamCilantro SalsaFritos

Directions:

1) Brown ground beef, onions, garlic and fresh ground pepper together in a skillet.2) In a large pan (or crock pot) combine browned ground beef mixture, stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, kidney beans, green chili’s, water and taco seasoning. 3) cook over medium heat until boiling, reduce heat, cover and simmer for at least 45 minutes. (If in crockpot cook on low for 6-8 hours or medium for 4 hours)4) Serve in a bowl over Frito chips and topped with your favorite taco toppings. Enjoy!!*Note if you like more spice you can add more green chili’s, jalapeños, hot sauce or any peppers of your choice and just add to taste!

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Award Winning Chili!

The air has started cooling here. The leaves are turning. And I find myself craving the cold weather comfort foods! My husband has spent the last few days tackling our winter firewood supply and I thought he would enjoy a hot bowl of chili and cornbread for dinner. It has always been one of our favorites, and is something you can whip up and serve immediately. Or, you can put it in the crockpot and let it cook all day so it’s ready when you are. Try it out and let us know what you think!

Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs ground beef

1 large green bell pepper (chopped)

1 large white onion (chopped)

3 cloves garlic (minced)

3 TBSP chili powder

1 can 14.5 oz diced tomatoes, undrained

1 can 14.5 oz red kidney beans, rinsed

1 can 14.5 oz white chili beans, rinsed

1/3 cup A.1. Original sauce

1/2 cup water

Directions

1) Brown your ground beef, onions, peppers, and garlic in a frying pan.

2) Combine browned ground beef mixture with beans, tomatoes, chili powder, A.1. Sauce, and water in a large pot or crock pot. Cover and simmer about 45 minute on high or at least 3-4 hours on low.

While mine is cooking I like to make homemade honey corn bread to go with it!

Ingredients

1 cup ground cornmeal

1 cup all purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 Tbsp baking powder

1 egg

1 cup milk

1/4 cup butter (softened)

1/2 cup honey

Directions

1) combine all ingredients in a bowl mix until all clumps are gone.

2) pour into a greased pan. Drizzle honey on top if you like. Bake at 375 degree (190 Celsius) for about 30-35 minutes.

Finally….

Serve with your favorite toppings like sour cream, shredded cheese, and fresh white onions. Enjoy!!