Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Mojo Chicken Noodle Soup

Last week I shared that I had lost my mama mojo.

Well, it is back, BABY.

And I think it has everything to do with making my Dad's chicken noodle soup.

I super love my dad and I LOVE his homemade soup.


I think it also didn't hurt that I started my day out with time by myself after I dropped the kids off at school instead of rushing to the gym and grocery store.


There is something very odd about a silent house. I'm never sure if I love it or not. However, after last week, I welcomed the silent house like a long lost friend...."Hello Silence. I've missed you. Come in and stay awhile. PLEASE."

As I simmered the veggies...


And cooked and shredded the chicken



I was feeling my mojo kicking in.

It doesn't take much.

It doesn't hurt when I am wearing real clothes; especially a sweater that I got a killer deal on.


That's right, the mojo was in full-force.

To celebrate the return of the mama mojo, I'm sharing Papa Jim's Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe. I want to share the mojo, you know? It's a good thing we're tight.

Papa Jim's Chicken Noodle Soup

2 quarts chicken broth (8 cups)
1 quart (4 cups) water
2-4 celery stalks
small bag baby carrots
1 onion
1/4 to bag pasta of choice (I prefer penne)
1-2 bay leaves
whole chicken (either cook or buy store bought pre-cooked)
Lowerys Salt

Cook whole chicken at 350 degrees for 1.5 hours (purchase a pre-cooked chicken at store to save time).
While chicken is cooking, wash and cut celery into small pieces.
Dice one onion.
Pour broth and water into large pot.
Add 1-2 bay leaves
Sprinkle in Lowerys to taste.
Add carrots, onion, and celery.
Cook at a mild boil until the chicken is ready.
About 20 minutes before cook pasta in separate pot. Strain and add to large pot.
Cut chicken pieces and add.
Add pasta.
Come to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for an hour or so to meld the flavor.
Stir occasionally.
Serve once celery and carrots are soft.

*For day 2, add a can of diced tomatoes and some spinach for a whole new take on the traditional recipe.



Feel the mojo, friends. Hugs!

Much love,

Linking up: What I love Wednesday


Flor said...

Oh, Ive been looking for a good chicken noodle soup recipe! Im going to print this one out, thanks for sharing. I feel like I've lost my mojo this week so maybe I need to fix me up some of that soup.. or maybe get me a new cute sweater?? :)
Do you go to the gym everyday? I've given up going every day since I feel like I'm much more productive getting my housework done when I come straight home from dropping kids off at school. And I love me a silent house! lol :)

Melissa said...

Yum! can't wait to try it. I made your pork chop and black bean recipe last week and gave you a shout out on my blog. It turned out pretty good. Glad you're back to your old self.

{cuppakim} said...

yum. i love a good homemade chicken soup. wish i had a bowl of it right now :)

Karen said...

I'm feeling the mojo Katie! That looks so good I can almost smell it :)

Susan said...

Yay it's back!
There is nothing, nothing! like a good bowl of soup at this time of year.

Heather @ we.are.the.holdens said...

You are so creative... you really are! I'm already feeling the mojo too and I just love you.:)

Kelli@MoreBangforYourBucks said...

hmmmm if a new sweater and a pot of soup is all it takes- I'm in for some mojo! ;)

delfinita said...

This definitely made me smile... quiet is a rarity in my abode as well and how I love it when it stops by. The soup looks amazing, your sweater adorable and I will be stopping by again! Thanks for your sweet comment {my spray paint addiction has officially begun}.

Jessica said...

Cute, cute sweater! The soup looks delicious! Glad to hear your mojo returned!

Erin said...

Love the sweater! I had 15 minutes to myself with Brett and the girls gone last week. I do appreciate the silence now and then too.

Rebecca @ heartland farmhouse said...

cute kicks!
nothing like a silent house to give us a little pick-me-up. but not silent for toooo long always ready to welcome back the littles though!

Chelsea said...

That soup looks delicious!

And your sweater is super cute!

Anonymous said...

Mmmmmm! I love homemade chicken soup. I've never tried it with Lowry's seasoning! Sounds so good!!!

Kelli@MoreBangforYourBucks said...

Thanks so much for linking up! I love your fun writing as much as the recipe! :)