Monday, December 08, 2008

Mmm...Monday: Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Noodle Soup

I have a delicious comfort-soup recipe to share with you today...but I need some help. I don't know what to call it. I like to think of it as the love child of chicken noodle soup and broccoli cheese soup. YUM.

The recipe was given to me by a woman at church who calls it "Egg Noodle Broccoli Cheese Soup"--but I find that a) cumbersome and b) incomplete, because if you are going to just name all the ingredients, you aren't even accounting for the all-important chicken. I'm at a loss, really; I've never been good at titling things. Just ask my college writing professor.

The soup is incredibly simple, but delicious. It makes a full meal (we like to eat it with something sweet and fresh like apple slices to contrast the flavor), and this recipe is for a big pot--enough to feed Steve and me probably at least three times.

3 cups chicken broth
2 cups cooked, chopped chicken
16-20 oz. frozen chopped broccoli (one big bag plus a little extra, or two 10-oz boxes)
6 oz. egg noodles
1 lb Velveeta cheese (more or less), cut into chunks
3 cups milk

Bring the broth to a boil and add noodles and broccoli. Cook until noodles are nearly tender and broccoli has cooked. Add chicken. Turn the heat down and add the Velveeta (chunked so it will melt easily). Stir until melted, then add 3 cups of milk.

That's it! The amounts are inexact; just adjust to your liking. We like a lot of broccoli and a very cheesy taste, so this reflects my tweaks from the original. It will get very thick and solid in the refrigerator; to reheat, add more milk. Those of you who are picky about natural ingredients could substitute real cheddar cheese, I'm sure, but I'll confess that Steve and I do enjoy some processed fake cheese every now and then ;)

Try it out on a cold night...then tell me what we should call it!


Zoanna said...

Sounds really good. How about something like "Better than Whoopee" Soup . Or, to be less tantalizing but descriptive, "Chick E Cheese and Brock in a Crock" . Still leaves out the noodles from the title. Tough one. I used to tack 'Delight" onto my creations, until I figured out my husband became skeptical of things I whipped up w/o a recipe. "Ohh, yeh, Turkey Danish with Trail Mix Delight". Yeh, gimme sum dat.

Amy said...

Zo, I KNEW if no one else gave title suggestions, you would :) "Chick E Cheese and Brock in a Crock" made me laugh out loud--where do you come up with these things?!

Speaking of "Better than Whoopee"--my word verification right now is "wuppi", haha.

The Bontragers said...

I love trying new recipes - and am especially on the lookout for good soups. Thanks for sharing this - I'll definitely try it!

Unknown said...

This sounds great! The other option to replace Velveeta could be a cheese sauce packet from Simply Organic, that may work. I may try this sometime, thanks for sharing!

TKB said...

sounds good.. i want to try it. Also, do you have any healthy waffles or pizza crust recipes, actually they don't have to be healthy just good. :)

Amy said...

Beth--I posted our favorite pizza crust recipe a few weeks ago. I don't do waffles (I like them, but we don't have a waffle maker), but I got a great recipe for oatmeal pancakes which are healthy and YUMMY from Laurie at Ordinary Mother. Steve and I love these--we make them for a weekend breakfast pretty much every time we have guests (and lots of times in between). Hope that helps!

The Chinlund Family said...

Ames, that soup sounds delicious! I've already copied it down and am looking forward to making it very soon! thanks so much for posting it! :)

Jamie said...

I think you should call it "Grandma Bev's Soup", after the woman I'VE been trying to get to write it down for me. :) Well, that's what we call it at our house, anyway...and now I have no more excuses not to make it for the girls! :)