Souper Sunday {Chicken noodle}

chix noodle

What to do on a day where the whole family feels like poo?Make soup! Today I am making old fashioned Chicken Noodle.

My roommate in college, Riley was really sick one winter  and his Mom called and dictated his favorite chicken noodle soup recipe. I have been making this for almost 20 years. Mrs. Hall lost her battle with cancer 12 years ago. I have such amazing memories of her.  When living in DC she would  invite me over on Sundays for “family” dinners. great lady who is missed!

I make the biggest pot I can and then freeze it so I have it on hand. I do not freeze with the noodles. I always add those with each individual pot.


Mrs. Andi Hall’s (feel better) Chicken Noodle Soup:


Start with lots of water & add one whole chicken or split chicken breast, 1 stalk of celery, outside of onion, peel from carrot, 3 cloves of smashed garlic, salt, pepper, turmeric  and lots of dill. Bring to boil. Simmer until chicken is cooked apx 40 mins. Take chicken out and put skin, bones and any part of chicken you are not using in soup back in the pot. Add box of chicken broth. Simmer on low all afternoon. (4-6 hours) Then pour broth thru a mesh strainer and toss everything. You will have a beautiful clear broth.



4 carrots, sliced

3 celery stalks, sliced

onion, diced

Dill weed, garlic, salt, pepper, thyme

Simmer until veggies are tender; apx 45 mins. Add

egg noodles just prior to serving.



Allow veggies to soften apx 30mins, add noodles or you could use rice and enjoy. This soup always makes my family feel better!!

*cooks note: want to make this in a hurry? use a rotisserie chicken and cut time in half!

xoxo, mama Bird

Souper Sunday {Italian Chicken Noodle}

italian soup

Today I give you my take on Italian Chicken Soup, as comforting as the original just with a few more flavors.  Basically I used what I had on hand and this is what I came up with! It was really yummy and I enjoyed it a lot. I will definitely be making this again! I also made a huge pot so that this can be either frozen for a meal later in the month or eaten on all week long!

olive oil

onion, diced

2 carrots, diced

2 stalks celery, diced

1 t thyme

64 oz chicken broth

2 chicken breast, shredded

28 oz can whole tomatoes,drained and diced

1 can cannellini beans, drained & rinsed

1/2 to 1 cup small pasta, under cooked

Dice onions, celery and carrots, sauté in olive oil until tender; add thyme. Add chicken broth and allow to warm, flavors with combine. Add shredded chicken, tomatoes and beans. Simmer on low for 15-20 mins  add pasta just before serving. Top with shredded parm, ENJOY!!

xoxo, Mama Bird

Mrs. B’s Shaker Chicken Noodle Soup

This dish was described to me  “OLD, old recipe” that was shared by a dear friends Mom, Anne Beach, who happens to be one of the best cooks I know! EVERYTHING Mrs. B makes is divine, I can remember shortly after moving to H town back in the 90’s sitting in Mrs. B’s kitchen and watching her make homemade Lemon Bars. She cooks with LOVE. Love of the ingredients, love of those she is cooking for and love  in the sharing a bit of herself with all those who are lucky enough to know her! She is a great lady!
Back to the recipe!

Shaker Chicken Noodle Soup:
12 cups chicken stock
1 stick of butter
1/4 c dry vermouth
1 c half & half
1/2 c flour
1 c water (warm in micro and flour will not clump before you add flour)
1 bag of egg noodles, I have recently discoverd Reames (found in the freezer section and highly recommned, they taste homemade)
2-3 cups chicken, diced or shredded, whatever you like
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 tsp dill ( I love dill so I add a ton!)

Melt butter, vermouth and 1 cup stock. Bring to a boil and reduce down to apx 1/2 c. Stir in cream and sit aside. Add remaining stock to dutch oven and bring to a boil add noodles and cook. Add flour/water mix stir, cook 1-2 mins, add cream mix, spices and chicken and cook a few more mins. Serve
It is the closest thing to Chicken and Dumplings I have ever had and is DELISH!

My newest find that takes this to a whole new level!!! OH MY GOODNESS!! YUMMY!!! 


Chicken & Noodles {Crockpot}

This is a SUPER EASY, family friendly meal. Comfort food!

Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breast (I put mine in frozen!)
1/2 can chicken broth
1 can cream of mushroom soup
salt & pepper to taste
1 tsp thyme
egg noodles, cooked apx 1/2 of suggested time
1/2 cup sour cream

Put chicken, broth, mushroom soup & spices in crockpot on low for 4-6 hrs. Just before dinner cook egg noodles and add to crockpot. Turn crockpot off. Stir well; cook 10 mins. Remove chicken, add sour cream and stir well. Delish!