Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
- 2 cups dry medium egg noodles (See recipe for Fresh Pasta)
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts*
- 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion (1 medium)
- 1 1/3 cups chopped carrots (3 carrots)
- 1 1/3 cups chopped celery (3 stalks)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 (14.5 oz) cans low-sodium chicken broth
- 3 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- 2 bay leaves
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 cups milk (I used 1%)
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- Prepare noodles according to directions listed on package (note that you want the noodles to finish about the same time the soup is nearly finished cooking) and drain.
- In a large pot, heat 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, carrot and celery and saute until tender, about 3 - 4 minutes, then add garlic and saute 1 minute longer.
- Add chicken broth, parsley, bay leaves and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add chicken breasts and bring soup to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium, cover with lid and allow soup to cook until chicken has cooked through, about 10 - 15 minutes longer (cook time will vary depending on thickness of chicken breasts).
- Remove chicken and allow to rest for 5 minutes, then shred into small bite size pieces.
- Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat, add flour and cook, stirring constantly, 1 1/2 minutes. While whisking slowly add in milk and whisk vigorously to smooth lumps (it will take a lot of whisking to smooth since this is a lighter roux - lesser ratio of butter to flour). Whisk in cream and bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Pour milk mixture into soup mixture and return chicken to soup along with cooked noodles and stir.
- Serve warm in bread bowls