SETTING THE TABLE
Opener: “I was reading this week about the idea of Soul Care". What comes to your mind when you hear “soul care”?
Main: How do you do or not do this in your life right now? What are your biggest challenges or obstacles?
Closer: Are there any specific ways we can help and encourage each other in the care and feeding of our souls?
QUICK & EASY CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP
4 quarts of water
5 chicken bouillon cubes
1 medium yellow onion diced
1 lb peeled and sliced carrots
1 lb pulled chicken meat
8 ounces wide egg noodles
1 tsp white pepper
1 tsp kosher salt (to taste)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1. Fill your stock pot with the water, bouillon cubes, onions, white pepper, butter and cook over medium high heat. Allow contents to come to a rolling simmer, stirring occasionally and then reduce heat to medium. After about 10 minutes, add your carrots.
2. Cook your noodles according to the recipe on the back of the package until al dente and then let them cool down. I like to cook them separately because they hold better for a couple of days without breaking down in your soup. And it will leave with some broth instead of your noodles continuing to soak it all up.
3. Add your pulled chicken meat and noodles, then allow the meat to heat through. Your soup is done at this point and ready to be consumed. Grab some saltines, a warm blanket and call it a day.
Note: There's something incredibly comforting about a bowl of chicken noodle soup. I've yet to come across someone who didn't care for it. But I have come across many friends who's mothers or grandmothers created different renditions of the classic. Even if chicken noodle soup wasn't the quintessential prescription for healing your ailments, I still believe it would be the go-to when you were feeling under the weather. This soup is perfect year-round and a great way to entertain a group of friends in a moments notice.
--Recipe provided by Nashville Chef and Owner of The Salted Table: Charles Hunter III