This Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup is perfect for cold winter days when you just want to curl up on the couch with a good book!
As many of you know, I cut out early each afternoon to go pick up Robbie from daycare. I enjoy having a nice quiet office to work, but I really start to miss that little guy by 4pm each day! Every afternoon, I go into his classroom and gather up empty bottles. Sometimes there’s a note from his teacher. Or perhaps some clothes tied up in a plastic bag. (We won’t go any further there…)
But on lucky days, I find artwork in his little cubby. For Father’s Day, he ‘painted’ a hammer with his foot (i.e. his footprint in brown paint made the handle of the hammer). For Thanksgiving, he ‘painted’ a turkey using a handprint. All of his artwork is going into his scrapbook. One day, when he’s a world famous artist, that artwork is going to be worth a bundle. (Hah!)
Technology is crazy these days, and we also get notes ‘brought home’ electronically via an app on our phones. I get updates all day long about his eating, bathroom and napping schedule. At first, it might seem like information overload, but it’s actually quite helpful to know. If I see that he only took a single 30-minute nap, then I know it’s going to be a rough afternoon when I pick him up. (Of course, if I see a 2-hour nap in there, then I know he’s gonna be a happy camper!)
In addition to artwork and smart phone notifications, Robbie also brings him some less desirable things from daycare. As any parent out there knows, school is a breeding ground for all sorts of creeping crud. It’s not the school’s fault. It’s just what happens when you have a couple hundred kids together in one building. Robbie has definitely brought home his fair share of colds, and then he promptly passes them along to me and Laura. Awesome.
Whenever I get sick, I want soup. Other food just doesn’t sound that appetizing. But soup sounds amazing. Maybe it’s because that’s what my Mom gave me when I got sick as a kid. Who knows? But all I know is that soup is the epitome of comfort food when I’m feeling a bit under the weather.
I’m not too picky about what kind of soup, but I must admit that chicken noodle is one of my favorites. I pulled out the slow cooker the other day and had this Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup simmering away all day. Our house smelled amazing by mid-afternoon! (Of course, chopping an onion at 7am was a bit of a shock to the senses…)
Now that the holidays are behind us, we’re hunkering down for the cold winter days ahead. Fires roaring away in the fireplace. College basketball on tv. (Or perhaps an episode of Westworld or Timeless if Laura is watching with me…) And then a nice, big bowl of this Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup. That’s how I roll around here in the winter. (Sometimes I have to add shoveling snow to that list, but I’m hoping that doesn’t happen too much this year.)
I’ve been loving our slow cooker lately! Laura walked in from work last week, and saw this Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup sitting in the slow cooker on the counter. Her response was, “Well look at you, June Cleaver!” I guess it is a bit June Cleaver-ish, but I prefer to think that my slow cooker addiction is more rooted in laziness. Lazy might not be the right word, but I can essentially do all the work for dinner in the morning (or even the night before), and then I don’t have to think about it again. And by 6pm, I have a nice, steaming bowl of Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup waiting for me. Sounds like a win-win right there!
What are your favorite slow cooker soups?
What is your go-to food when you get sick?
Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 4 large carrots peeled and chopped
- 3 celery stalks chopped
- 1 large yellow onion diced
- 1 Tbsp garlic minced
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp dried rosemary
- 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup water
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 8-oz. package wide egg noodles
- ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped
- Using a standard slow cooker, place chicken on bottom. Top with all remaining ingredients except for egg noodles and fresh parsley. Cover and cook on low heat for 6-7 hours.
- Remove bay leaves and discard. Remove chicken and shred using 2 forks. Return shredded chicken to crockpot and add egg noodles and parsley. Stir and continue cooking for 5-10 minutes, or until egg noodles are tender. (Tip: Check the cooking time on the package of egg noodles.)
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