Quick and Healthy Chicken Noodle Soup

A couple of nights ago, we made chicken tacos and I had my husband grill up some extra chicken. Why not? He had gotten the George Foreman grill out and it didn’t take but an extra ten minutes to make that extra chicken.

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So I had left over chicken in the fridge when we had thunderstorms in January. Only in Michigan. That’s when I decided for lunch that I wanted to have homemade chicken noodle soup.

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This soup only requires the amount of time needed to cook pasta. How awesome is that?!

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So first, I start by getting a small pot on the stove with water heating up. Then I weigh the pasta and chicken so I can log it into Lose It!.

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When the water starts to bubble, I add some vegetable paste (I would use chicken, but we’re out). Then when the water gets to a boil, I add the left over chicken and pasta and turn the heat down to low.

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While the pasta cooks, I got out the extras I wanted for my soup. Today, it was kale, hummus, and cheese. I cut the kale up to a bit bigger than bite sized pieces.

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The last minute of cooking of the pasta is when I add the kale, so it can cook and reduce down in size.

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Because you’re cooking the pasta in broth, keep on an eye on the pasta and remove it from heat a little bit before al dente. The reason is because you’re not taking the pasta out of the hot water so it will continue to cook a bit.

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After the kale is added I stir in my hummus, which adds to the depth of the flavor of the soup. The last addition is the cheese, because it is my opinion that all soups require cheese.

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Because I don’t want to wait half an hour to eat, I throw a handful of ice cubes into the soup and let them melt. This makes it the perfect temperture!

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Quick and Healthy Chicken Noodle Soup

Ingredients, single serving

  • 16 oz water or broth
  • 1 tsp chicken paste (omit if using broth), or bouillon
  • 2 oz whole wheat pasta
  • 3-4 oz grilled chicken, left over

Directions

Place a small pot on the stove and fill with water or broth and heat under medium heat. Meanwhile, measure out the pasta and chicken in a bowl. If using paste or bouillon, add it when the water starts to bubble so it will be incorporated by the time it boils. When the water comes to a rolliing boil, add the pasta and chicken and reduce the heat to low. While it is cooking, gather any additional ingredients. Remove pot from heat when the pasta is just before al dente, because the water will continue to cook the pasta. Add any additional ingredients at this time. If you plan on eating right away, then add a handful of ice cubes to cool the water.

Add In Suggestions

  • Hummus
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Cooked carrots
  • Cheese
  • Jalapenos
  • Egg

Nutrition

Without any add-ins, the above recipe’s nutritional information is as such:

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