Here is my next soup of the week. This is Michael’s favorite……actually, it’s the only soup he likes. It’s awesome! Soothing! Delicious! Comforting! It pretty much takes care of all your aches and pains, and anything else that might “ail” you. 050     This soup will “hit the spot” on a cold and “freeze your tail off” night. It warms your innards. It takes some time to put it all together, but is definitely worth it. This recipe makes a big batch, so you’ll be able to freeze some and use it later for those “panic moments” when you have nothing else planned for supper. Here goes………

1   4- lb. hen

3 celery stalks with leafy tops, chopped

3 carrots, peeled and chopped

3 garlic cloves, chopped

1 large sweet onion, chopped

2 tablespoons salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley

2 bay leaves

1   16 oz. package corn ( I always use my homegrown corn )

16 ounces egg noodles

     Put hen in a large stockpot and pour in enough water to cover. Add the celery, carrots, garlic, onion, salt, pepper, parsley and bay leaves. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 2 hours, or until the meat comes off the bone easily. Remove the hen to a large bowl and cool. Strain the broth into a large bowl and discard the vegetables. At this point you can chill the broth and skim off any fat that rises to the top, but I’m always in a hurry and skip that part. 024.jpg     When the chicken is cool enough to handle, remove the meat from the bones and cut into bite-size pieces. I have big mouths to feed, so my pieces are rather large. Return the broth to a large pot. Add the shredded chicken, corn, and the noodles. Bring the soup to a boil, then simmer until the pasta is tender. About 10 minutes. Add extra salt and serve it up to all your ravenous family members.030

       Marshall thought it was pretty tasty, although he would probably say that taco soup is his favorite. He’s the “bean man” around here. 031     Michael is the chicken noodle soup man. He loves chicken….he loves pasta….he does not like me taking his picture all the time. Hahaha I’m thinking that maybe this recipe would make a good “turkey noodle” soup too. With Thanksgiving Day just around the corner…..it might be worth a shot. That is, if my carnivores don’t scarf down all the turkey…………………..Carol