I have been making homemade chicken noodle soup now for the past few years and it is a family favorite. Sunday I made my traditional soup but with a farm fresh chicken...from the backyard! Oh was it good!!!
In our last batch of laying hens we discovered that the hatchery had given us a rooster which is pretty common so we had every intention on keeping him. We love the sound of roosters and don't mind having a few around the girls. Well let's just say this guy didn't know how to play well with others so he made his way to the crockpot. I took great pride in preparing a meal for my family with a chicken that was raised here on the farm. This has also made me more anxious to process our batch of broilers so others can experience eating pastured chicken that is raised locally, humanly, and so much more healthier for you than store bought chicken. We think it is important to get back to how things once were when knowing where your food came from and how the animals were raised was important.
I have included my super easy soup recipe below and with market season fast approaching you will for sure be able to find farm fresh chicken in abundance. This soup also freezes well so don't worry if you make too much!
For all of you Harvey Hills Farm fans..........be sure to try this recipe with one of our chickens that will be available the beginning of May!
- 1 whole roasting/broiler chicken - Sprinkle with dried basil, cracked pepper, and a little salt
- 1 onion cut up
- 1 cup water
Place chicken in crockpot with onion and water and cook on high for 5 hours or until meat is falling off the bone. About 3 to 4 hours into cooking add the following:
- 3 to 4 celery stalks cut in bite sized pieces
- A half to a full bag of baby carrots
Once vegetables are soft and meat is done take out of crockpot. Pull off all meat from the bone. Place in stock pot with all juice and vegetables that were in the crockpot. You may need to add more water or chicken stock depending on how much natural broth you end up with.
Bring to boil.
As this is boiling take a bag of egg noodles and cook according to package in another pot. Once the noodles are done combine with the soup. Stir and heat for another 5 minutes.
Serve and enjoy!
As with any of our recipes we would love to know how you liked them!
Source: Harvey Hills Farm
We have always had a dream to own our own farm and take pride in working hard to produce our own food. That dream is now coming true before our eyes and we look forward to sharing our experience!