Yum Peaceful Cooking: Rich, Creamy Chicken and Noodle Soup

Monday, October 4, 2010

Rich, Creamy Chicken and Noodle Soup

A simple soup with complex flavors. There's more to this soup than meets the eye...and plenty that'll please the pallet.

The other day King Arthur Flour posted a recipe for Shaker Chicken and Noodle Soup on FaceBook that really caught my eye. I knew immediately that it was just what I was craving for dinner.

And boy, was I right!

However, after reviewing their recipe it was obvious that I wouldn't leave well enough alone.

I rarely do. Sometimes for the good...and sometimes for the worse. Thank God, this time it was for the good!

If you're wanting a quick soup, that tastes wonderful....you've come to the right place. The only ingredient that might not be a staple in your pantry (errr... liquor cabinet) would be dry vermouth. You don't have to use it....you can substitute it with more chicken stock. However....highly I recommend you get yourself some because it really does add a lot to the flavor of this soup.

Oooohhh, one more thing before we get to the recipe....have you ever had the pleasure of using fresh garlic? As in...not purchased from the supermarket? Man, oh man....if you haven't, you should try and get your hands of a few bulbs (or more) cuz there's nothing like it. If you're a garlic lover (like me)...you don't know what garlic is until you've had it direct from the grower. A fellow blogger and all around really neat gal named Michelle over at BigBlackDogs.net sent me some of the garlic that she grew...what an eye opener that was. I could go on and on about how wonderful it is...but I don't think any of us have enough time. But let me say this...I am seriously considering growing my own.

Thank you Michelle!!! Your garlic is out of this world awesome!!!

Creamy Chicken and Noodle Soup
Inspired by King Arthur Flour Shaker Chicken and Noodle Soup
My Printable Version

6 1/2 cups chicken stock
2 tablespoons dry vermouth (or chicken broth)
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 large onion, diced
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
1 celery stick, sliced
4 mushrooms, sliced
2 - 3 cloves of garlic
2 cups egg noodles (uncooked)
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 cup chicken broth (or water)
1 cup diced chicken, cooked
Salt and Pepper to taste

In a small saucepan, stir combine 1/2 cup of the chicken stock, vermouth and butter. Bring to a boil and reduce the liquid to about 1/4 cup. Stir in the heavy cream, remove from heat and set aside.

In a large saucepan, heat olive oil and add the onion, carrots, celery and mushrooms. Saute until just tender. add the garlic and saute for an addition minute.

Add 6 cups of chicken stock and bring to a boil.

The stock that I used contributed greatly to my soups deep rich color. I had made it from some chicken and bones leftover from a roasted chicken. Use what ever chicken stock you have on hand.

Reduce the heat and let simmer until the vegetables are tender. Carefully puree with a stick blender or pour into a blender and puree....being careful not to over fill your blender (you don't want a soup explosion...that would really ruin your night and dinner plans).

Where was I.....Oh....ok, everything is all pureed, happy (and back in the pan if you used a blender) and waiting for the next step...

Return to a boil and then add the noodles. Cook until tender...about 7 - 8 minutes.

Mix the flour and additional broth, stock, water...(I used broth cuz I ran out of stock) until smooth and stir into the noodle mixture.

If you find that it's a little too thick...add more broth / stock.

Allow the soup to boil for a minute or two and then stir in the creamy vermouth mixture and chicken.

Season with salt and pepper to taste and enjoy a loving bowl on soup....perfect for cold days, rainy days, snowy days...or just days where you need that extra comfort that only comes from "comfort food".

This is my entry this week for the Hearth 'N Soul Blog Hop


Hop on over to see what the other's did on their blogs. It'll be so worth it!

I'm also going to share this with Deb over at KahakaiKitchen.blogspot.com for next Sunday's Souper Sundays where she showcases all sorts of yummy Soups, Sandwiches and Salads every Sunday.


  1. Hi Dani banani! So glad you could share with us again this week on the hearth and soul hop! I seriously adore all things King Arthur and I have been lucky enough to visit their factory and amazing flour store in Vermont! This shaker soup is right up my alley. I love cream of chicken soup and the noodles make it seem like chicken pot pie almost! Alex@amoderatelife

  2. Yes, I have to admit that I really don't like chicken noodle soup because it is always so brothy, but I do love creamy soups! My hubbie will be so excited since I never make him soup. Thank you so much!

  3. What a delicious sounding soup, I have this bookmarked for my next pot of soup. Thanks!

  4. Your soup sounds delicious! I'm going to bookmark this for a cold fall evening.

  5. I love all kinds of chicken noodle soup - I have never had vermouth in it though, sigh, no alcohol in my house to make this. Will definitely be trying it though. Maybe I can get a little from a neighbor! Thanks for sharing this with us at the hearth and soul hop!

  6. I just adore creamy chicken soups! So much better than the thin stuff! And how lucky are you to Michelle's garlic! I'd have been putting it in everything.

  7. This looks like an amazing chicken soup. Definitely different that the chicken soups that I'm accustomed to, where vegetables (i.e., carrot and celery) are optional at the time of serving - long story.

    I hope I'll have time to make this some time this season.

  8. Ahhhh....thanks for the shout out!

    So glad you are enjoying my garlic. Tasting homegrown garlic was a suprise to me too and such a huge difference then the store-bought garlic.

    Since we're having freezing temps now at night now, Cream of Chicken Soup sounds so good!

  9. This is just about the right time of year to plant garlic, so stick a few of those precious cloves in the ground, and see what comes up in the spring. Thanks for sharing this great soup recipe with the Hearth and Soul hop.

  10. Love the King Arthur Flour I could not bake without it. Your soup looks amazing, yummy!
    Thank you for sharing.

  11. My husband and I both have been craving chicken noodle soup and this is just what the doctor ordered.

    I've never had fresh garden garlic. It sounds incredible.

  12. Great looking soup! Following on the blog hop! Have a good day!

  13. We could buy some land together and be garlic and grape farmers! Then we could throw awesome harvest parties...I've been contemplating being a garlic farmer for years. Although just contemplating hasn't gotten me one step closer... And I don't think I've ever had a creamy chicken noodle soup...but just looking at yours has me craving some. (Thanks for sharing this with the hearth and soul hop.)

  14. Such a creamy and yummy looking soup--love the vermouth in it--seems very Barefoot Contessa-like.
    ;-) Thanks for sending it to Souper Sundays!

  15. made this last night. my kids loved it. thank you :)


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