You know that chicken soup your grandma used to make? The one that simmered on the stove for hours? Well, this may not be that soup but it sure does taste like it. The addition of a small amount of miso enriches the broth, giving it a more full-bodied flavor. And using fresh pasta in place of the typical dried noodles gives it that over-the-top homemade touch.
Grab that dutch oven or heavy duty pot and begin by browning your boneless chicken thighs. They need just a few minutes on each side to create that yummy caramelization.
Remove the browned chicken thighs to a separate plate and add the sliced onion and carrots to the pot, along with the miso.
This is where the true depth of flavor is created. After a quick sauté, the wine is added to the mix. You’ll find that the wine helps to deglaze the bottom of the pot …you know all that good stuff that seems to be stuck there. You don’t want to lose any of that goodness.
One of the ingredients listed is one package of fresh poultry mix herbs. You’ll be tying it all together with some kitchen twine so that it resembles a bouquet. That will be dropped into the soup mixture adding an immense amount of flavor without depositing those bothersome herb stems.
If you can’t find the fresh poultry mix, no worries. You can create your own by combining sprigs of fresh rosemary, sage & thyme. And if all else fails, a sprinkling of poultry seasoning will do. Of course, fresh is always better. But you already knew that.
Chop up those browned chicken thighs into bite-size pieces and add them to the pot along with the herb bouquet, chicken broth, sliced celery, and chicken breast pieces. Once it all comes to a boil, let it simmer for about 10 minutes. Check for seasoning and add salt & pepper, if desired. Remove the herbs and discard them.
Now it’s time to finish things up by adding the fresh pasta. The lasagna sheets are so great since you can cut them as you please. I’ve cut them into small rectangular shapes, as you can see here. If you prefer, you could cut them into longer narrower strands, more like a traditional egg noodle. I highly recommend the RANA brand. The quality and flavor are outstanding and the texture of the pasta holds up well when cooked in the broth.
Once the pasta is done to your liking, the soup is ready! Can you believe how quickly this all comes together? And the soup is so hearty that it’s more like a stew when it’s done. Just add a salad and you’ve got a meal. Oh … and don’t forget the bread. You don’t want to miss out on any of that delicious broth.
quick & rich chicken soup with fresh noodles
Adapted from the Cooking Light Test Kitchen
The addition of salty miso and fresh pasta noodles create a full-flavored soup in minutes.
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 16 ounces skinless, boneless chicken thighs, trimmed
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 cups sliced onion (about 8 ounces)
- 1 cup diagonally thinly sliced carrots (about 4 ounces)
- 1 tablespoon white miso (soybean paste)
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1 (one-ounce) package fresh poultry mix herbs
- 6 cups chicken stock or broth
- 1 cup sliced celery (about 3.5 ounces)
- 1 (eight-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast half (cut into bite-sized pieces)
- 4 to 5 ounces fresh lasagna noodles, chopped
- 3 tablespoons chopped green onions, for serving
Melt butter in a Dutch oven or heavy pot over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken thighs evenly with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add chicken thighs to the pan; sauté for 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove chicken thighs.
Add the sliced onion, sliced carrot, and miso to the pot; sauté for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the wine; cook for 1 minute, scraping the bottom of the pot to loosen any browned bits.
Chop the chicken thighs into bite-sized pieces; return chicken thighs to the pot. Tie twine around herbs to secure, forming an herb bouquet.
Add the herbs, chicken stock or broth, celery, and chicken breast to the pot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and cook for 10 minutes.
Remove and discard the herb bouquet. Check for seasoning and add salt & pepper, if desired. Add the pasta; simmer for 4 to 5 minutes or until pasta is done. Before serving, sprinkle with the chopped green onions.