January is generally a pretty terrible month, everyone is feeling those post Christmas blues, feeling a little over indulgent and financially feeling the pinch. There is nothing easier, quicker and more comforting then a big bowl of homemade soup, that is not only nutritious but also really good value for money.
Who doesn’t love a good bowl of chicken noodle soup?
There is not much that is more comforting then a bowl of chicken noodle soup. When you have made it from scratch you can be sure its full of great nutritious ingredients and you can batch cook a big pot and freeze it for later!
Chicken (I use left overs from a roast chicken see our guide on roasting chicken here)
This soup could not be any easier to make! It is a perfect one for the left overs from your roast dinner. First up if you are using fresh chicken get that cooked up and set to the side.
Making the stock:
Okay so grab a big sauce pan and get it on the heat, for ease grab a stock cube and mix it up with water, generally one stock cube will make up to 1 litre of stock. Get that all in the pan simmering away and crack on with the rest!
This is a pretty versatile soup so you can throw in what veggies you fancy, I prefer to go along the lines of a chinese style soup. So the vegetables I include are, spring onions, red peppers and a selection of frozen vegetables including peas and sweetcorn.
Get everything chopped and put into the sauce pan, whilst it simmers it will defrost any frozen vegetables and cook the other raw vegetables!
The noodles step is seriously easy, get those dried noodles and put them in the pan. Step done
Seasoning and finishing off the soup:
I top off my soup with a solid dash of soy sauce, some chinese five spice (for that fragrant aniseed flavour) and a hearty dash of pepper. Throw the chicken in and et voila you are done and dusted!
Once you have had your fill of soup, get some Tupperware and get it in the freezer. The great thing about this soup is how easy it is to defrost and enjoy again! Just take it out the night before/ morning you want to enjoy, leave it out to defrost then either heat up in the microwave or on the stove!