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For Mother’s Day, I made my mother-in-law some of my famous Creamy Chicken Soup. She enjoyed it, but she struggles to eat anything that isn’t coated in sugar. Her comment, “It could use some noodles.”
To be honest, this is incredibly frustrating to hear for many reasons. But I understand. I may have adjusted to chicken soup without noodles, but chicken noodle soup sure is a wonderful comfort food that many people miss.
So I made up this paleo chicken noodle soup for myself. Does it perfectly replace your old favorite? Probably not. But it does give you something to slurp or twirl up with a fork. A bit of a change over chopped vegetables and shredded meats. Plus it is fine for AIP and Stage One of GAPS Intro!
Paleo Chicken Noodle Soup
This soup is very simple to make. It follows the tutorial of my Creamy Chicken Soup – Boiling the chicken and vegetables, and pureeing the skin and connective tissue before adding them back in. Just one little tweak: adding in the “noodles.”
The first time I tried this….it didn’t work so well. I cooked my zucchini noodles with the rest of the vegetables and they completely disintegrated. No noodles to be found! It was after this that I learned that the noodles do not need to be cooked as long as other vegetables since they are so thin. 10 minutes of simmering gets them to a perfects cooked state – still intact, but still safe for stage one of GAPS Intro. If you are not on GAPS Intro, you can shorten the time further to get more texture out of your noodles. I personally loved their texture at 10 minutes (I always liked slightly mushy pasta).
I used zucchini noodles, but you can use any veggie noodle you like. As long as it is one you tolerate, of course. Daikon radishes, turnips, even carrots can be spiralized to create noodles. For vegetables such as these, which are harder, you may need to cook them for longer to get them soft enough. Spaghetti squash, baked or simmered for an hour before adding into the soup, can also make a great noodle substitute.
Learn how to make vegetables noodles for your paleo chicken noodle soup here. The recipe below called for “zoodles,” which are easily digested even on the first stage of GAPS Intro as long as the peels and seeds are removed. Be sure to buy organic zucchini, as it is a GMO risk crop. I can find organic zucchini for a steal at my local co-op ($2/lb! That’s cheaper than conventional zucchini most places), but your budget may call for something else. You may have to adjust the cooking time to be longer for other types of noodles.
Note: I did not peel my zucchini, because lazy. This is fine if you are in Stage Three of Intro or later. For stages One and Two, peel the zucchini before turning them into noodles.
Have you tried making paleo chicken noodle soup? What did you use for noodles?
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