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Chicken noodle soup

chicken noodle soupWarm up with this delicious homemade soup—and freeze portions to reheat when you're feeling under the weather!

Ingredients
3 pounds chicken pieces (skin removed)
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. black pepper
1 onion (chopped)
1 cup celery (washed and chopped)
3 carrots (large, scrubbed, thinly sliced)
4 cups noodles (dry)
1 tsp. thyme or sage (optional)

Directions
Place chicken pieces in large kettle. Cover completely with water. Cover, bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer 2-3 hours. Remove cooked chicken pieces from broth with tongs or slotted spoon. Cool 10-15 minutes before separating bones from meat. Break meat into bite-size pieces. Remove any bones from broth.

Remove fat from broth by skimming with spoon, adding and removing ice cubes, or blotting top of broth with paper towels. Add chicken meat, seasonings and vegetables to the broth.

Bring broth to a boil, cover, reduce heat and cook about 15-20 minutes on medium heat until sliced carrots are crispy-tender. Add noodles and boil uncovered for about 6-7 minutes, stirring occasionally to break up any noodles that might stick together.

Ladle into soup bowls. Refrigerate or freeze leftovers within 2 hours of cooking. If refrigerated, use within two days. When reheating, bring to a boil.

Makes 6 servings. Per serving: 350 calories, 12g total fat, 3g saturated fat, 100mg cholesterol, 320mg sodium, 27g carbohydrates, 3g dietary fiber, 5g sugar, 33g protein, 120 percent vitamin A, 8 percent vitamin C, 4 percent calcium, 15 percent iron.

Recipe courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.