Homemade Chicken & Herbed Noodle Soup

Homemade Chicken & Herbed Noodle Soup | cookeatbehealthy.com

This is the one meal I make that absolutely everyone in my family loves!  That means from my granddaughter to my mother, and even the in-laws ~ everyone agrees I make a mean Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup!  In today’s recipe I cranked up the flavor by making my own herbed noodles.  Seriously – this was a game changer!  I have always used frozen noodles in the past, but by making my own I was able to add even more flavor and texture to our all-time favorite soup!

These noodles were super simple to make, and I’m including a link here.  But if you’re pressed for time, or prefer to use store bought – by all means – do what you need to do in order to make this belly pleasing, soul warming, cold virus fighting, nutrient packed, incredibly delicious soup!  I actually made this in my Ninja Cooking System – which I love and never ever want to be without….EVER!  However, any crockpot will work.  The advantage of the Ninja is that I can switch from slow cooker to the stovetop setting with a simple turn of the dial.  This helps cook the noodles faster, but it’s not necessary, as they will cook just fine in a regular crockpot – it’ll just take a little longer!

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The basic recipe is dump everything except the noodles in the pot, cook it all day, shred the chicken, add the noodles, cook a little longer, serve and enjoy!  Anybody can make this!  It’s a perfect recipe for the timid beginner cook, or for the experienced cook who loves a healing bowl of homemade soup!  I pack the broth with all the flavors of the vegetables, along with rosemary, thyme, and sage to give it a richer and more interesting flavor profile.  The heavy dose of garlic not only deepens the flavor of the homemade soup, but also helps ramp up the medicinal value of  the broth!  Garlic has been proven to shorten the duration and lessen the severity of cold symptoms.  It’s also helpful in reducing high blood pressure and cholesterol levels.  Garlic also contains antioxidants that have been shown to help prevent Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.  

Homemade Chicken & Herbed Noodle Soup | cookeatbehealthy.com

Homemade Chicken & Herbed Noodle Soup | cookeatbehealthy.com

Tip: Serve this hearty and healing soup with a piece of Rustic Overnight Roasted Garlic Rosemary Bread for a complete meal guaranteed to keep you warm on even the coldest days!

We love this Homemade Chicken & Herbed Noodle Soup so much that I always try to keep at least a couple bowls in the freezer for those inevitable sick days we all experience every winter.  Instead of “Take 2 aspirin and call me in the morning”, I say eat a bowl of Homemade Chicken & Herbed Noodle Soup and maybe you won’t need to call the doctor at all!

Homemade Chicken & Herbed Noodle Soup
Serves 8
Made in the crockpot, this is the only Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup recipe you'll ever need!
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 30 min
188 calories
23 g
25 g
4 g
15 g
1 g
375 g
864 g
8 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
375g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 188
Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
6%
Saturated Fat 1g
5%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 25mg
8%
Sodium 864mg
36%
Total Carbohydrates 23g
8%
Dietary Fiber 3g
11%
Sugars 8g
Protein 15g
Vitamin A
184%
Vitamin C
11%
Calcium
6%
Iron
8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 chicken breasts
  2. 8 cups chicken stock - I prefer Kitchen Basics brand
  3. 1 recipe Herbed Noodles ~ link in blog ~ or 12 ozs. frozen noodles
  4. 6 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 1 large onion, chopped
  6. 6 stalks celery, sliced
  7. 6 large carrots, peeled and sliced
  8. 1 1/2 tsp salt - more or less to taste
  9. 1 tsp ground black pepper
  10. 1 tsp dried rosemary
  11. 1 tsp dried thyme
  12. 1 tsp dried sage
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients (frozen chicken breasts need not be thawed) except noodles in crockpot, and cook on low, approximately 6-7 hours.
  2. 90 minutes before serving, turn temperature to high.
  3. Remove chicken and shred with 2 forks. Return to crockpot.
  4. 30-40 minutes before serving add noodles to bubbling hot soup, stirring occasionally, and cooking until noodles are al dente.
  5. Serve piping hot with a side of crusty bread for a perfect fall or winter evening meal!
Notes
  1. I highly recommend keeping a few bowls in the freezer for those days when you need a little "medicine" in a bowl to make you feel better!
  2. I also suggest next time you buy a crockpot to invest in a Ninja Cooking System. It's the most versatile appliance in my kitchen - and also one of the most frequently used! No affiliation - just a super happy owner!
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Sugar-Free Spiced Crockpot Applesauce

Sugar Free Spiced Crockpot Applesauce | cookeatbehealthy.com

As I was thinking about what to write for this particular post it occurred to me that apples, for as much as we might take them for granted, are a very important part of our diet!  From the very beginning we feed applesauce to our children as they progress toward eating solids foods, we give them apple juice in their sippy cups, and once they have teeth, we feed them sliced apples.  As we get older we start to enjoy other delicious foods made with apples…pies, cakes, muffins, crisps, cobblers, breads, tarts, popovers, turnovers, cereals, butter, cider, vinegar, and of course – applesauce!  We also can’t forget about the savory dishes that pair apples with things like pork chops or pork loin, stuffing, and salads.

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As for cultural influences of the apple…how about the first one we all learn…”A is for Apple”!  Or, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”.  We all relate to “As American as Apple Pie”.  Remember The Osmonds singing “One Bad Apple”?  How about the depiction from the Bible of Eve eating from the Tree Of The Knowledge of Good And Evil?  In those pictures she’s always pictured eating an apple!  And I can’t leave out Apple computers, iPads, iPods, and iPhones!  I’d be lost without my iPhone and my iPad Pro!

Anyway, my point is that apples are such an integral part of our lives that we sometimes don’t appreciate them for the nutritional powerhouses that they are!  They’re high in fiber and vitamin C, low in calories, contain only a trace of sodium, and have no fat or cholesterol.  

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Interesting Apple Facts:

  • They come in all shades of red, yellow, and green.
  • There are over 2500 varieties grown in the United States, with apples grown in all 50 states.
  • The world’s top apple producers are China, the United States,Turkey, Poland, and Italy.
  • In 2005 the average U.S. Consumer ate an estimated 16.9 pounds of fresh market apples.
  • A peck of apples weighs 10.5 lbs.
  • It takes 36 apples to create one gallon of cider.
  • The apple is the state fruit of Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Vermont,Washington, and West Virginia.
  • Apples are a member of the rose family.  
  • Apples have 5 seed pockets, or carpels. Each pocket contains seeds with the health and vigor of the plant determining the number of seeds per carpel.

Interesting….right?  I love learning new things about the foods that I eat and feed my family.  I find it especially interesting when I learn cool new things about a food like apples that I, for one, tend to take for granted sometimes!  Having said that – this recipe for Sugar-Free Spiced Crockpot Applesauce is so good!  Fall is probably my favorite time of year, and if you’ve read some of my recent posts you’ve learned I’m not a huge pumpkin fan…don’t judge…I just prefer other flavors more!  So to me fall is epitomized by butternut squash and apples!  I love visiting apple orchards, I love eating apples out of hand, and I love, lovE, loVE, lOVE, LOVE, cooking with apples! There’s something extremely comforting about the scent of warm spices mingling with the scent of the apples themselves.  Sweet, warm, spicy…the feeling it conjures for me is cozy…and who among us couldn’t do with a little more coziness in our lives?!? 

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I’ve been making this Sugar-Free Spiced Crockpot Applesauce for as long as I can remember.  When my kids were young I used a little less spice, because they preferred it plainer – and certainly adjust the spices to your own personal preference!  Now that I’m cooking for just my husband and I, I prefer to add cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg to our applesauce!  It makes the house smell absolutely heavenly.  And I would certainly rather have my home scented naturally by the foods I prepare than by a candle any day!  But I haven’t outgrown all my childish ways…my favorite way to eat this applesauce is with a piece of toast slathered in nut butter…preferably homemade cashew butter!

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And thanks to the modern marvel that is the crockpot, this applesauce could not be easier!  I wash the apples, cut them up, toss them in the crockpot with the spices and a little water, turn it to high for a couple hours….and voila…applesauce!  Well – cooked apples anyway!  You’ll have to mash the apples a little to actually make the sauce.  How much you smoosh is up to you!  We like ours a little chunky, so I just use the back of a spoon to mash the cooked apples.  A potato masher works wonderfully as well, and if you want perfectly smooth applesauce, I’d opt for using an immersion blender.

Sugar Free Spiced Crockpot Applesauce | cookeatbehealthy.com

Sugar Free Spiced Crockpot Applesauce | cookeatbehealthy.com

Stay tuned…coming up in a few weeks I’ll have another recipe that incorporates some of this applesauce…any reason to make another crockpot full works for me!

Sugar-Free Spiced Crockpot Applesauce
Serves 12
Incredibly easy and unbelievably delicious homemade applesauce that far surpasses anything you could buy at the store!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr 15 min
72 calories
19 g
0 g
0 g
0 g
0 g
145 g
2 g
14 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
145g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 72
Calories from Fat 2
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 2mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 19g
6%
Dietary Fiber 4g
14%
Sugars 14g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
16%
Calcium
1%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 6 to 8 large Gala apples (or any naturally sweet apple good for cooking)
  2. Juice of 1 lemon
  3. 1 tsp vanilla
  4. 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  5. 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  6. 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  7. 1/3 cup water
Instructions
  1. Core and slice apples, then place in crockpot.
  2. Add lemon juice, spices, and water.
  3. Stir well to evenly coat apples.
  4. Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours, stirring halfway through, until apples are soft.
  5. Mash cooked apples with spoon or potato masher until desired consistency is reached.
Notes
  1. Store in refrigerator for up to 10 days.
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