Simple Brothy Zoodle Soup {w/Homemade Chicken Broth}

Fact: there’s nothing more comforting than a warm brothy soup.  Whether super simple or piled high with substance, a good broth is tough to beat.  That’s why I love this dish.  It starts with a high-quality flavorful broth, then with just the addition of two raw veggies, instantly becomes a little meal.  Of course you can add all the veggies and/or meat you want.  But sometimes, I just want simple.  Straight-forward easy to make goodness.

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Making a good broth takes some time… like 10 hours of time.  I know- sounds rough, BUT, it’s workless time.  You just throw stuff in a pot and let it do all the work.  It’s well well worth it.  If you’re gonna make a broth, you may as well do it right.  And once you learn how to make broth once, you’ll be set to go for all your broth-needs in the future.  It’s versatile, easy, and healthy.  Jar it up or use it all right away.  I often get a hankering for soup, so it’s super nice to have this stuff made up and ready to go in the fridge.

I usually throw everything in the pot in the evening and then wake up to a lovely broth ready to go in the morning.  From there, you’re pretty much done.  Throw in some zoodles and coodles (Natalie-talk for zucchini and carrot noodles) and get to devouring.  :)

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The beauty of spiralizing is that it takes such little effort, yet makes things look so very pretty.  Take a zuke for example- just 10 seconds through a spiralizer and you’ll have beautiful little ribbony noodles, just like that.  Best part- they’re ready to eat right from there.  No cooking needed.  Some people saute them in oil, or salt them and squeeze out the moisture, but not me.  I like them raw, just as is.  And for something like a soup, you can just throw them in and they’ll settle right into the broth perfectly, keeping just a bit of crunch in all that warmth.  If you want, you can surely cook your veggies first, but I like ease.  Ease and crunch.  ;)

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Don’t have a spiralizer?  Or want an upgrade?  I use and love THIS one.  It makes thin noodles, thick noodles, and wide ribbons.  It’s easy clean up and super simple to use.  If you don’t have a spiralizer and want to get right to cooking, you could use a veggie peeler for now- just peel that zuke and carrot into ultra thin little strips.  Not exactly the same, but good enough. :)

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makes enough broth for a few bowls of soup

INGREDIENTS

for broth…

bones from a 4-5 lb chicken (see my roasted chicken recipe HERE)

2 large carrots

2 celery stalks

3 garlic cloves

1 onion (any color)

1 small bunch parsley

1 large bay leaf

few sprigs fresh thyme

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tsp salt, plus more to taste

1/2 tsp black pepper, plus more to taste

approx 10-12 cups water


the extras…

1 zucchini, spiralized

1 carrot, spiralized

fresh parsley leaves, for garnish


* a note on salt: always start small, then add more later- you never know how much flavor a broth will pick up during cooking, so it’s best to taste and adjust at the end.

**here’s the spiralizer I use… it’s by far the fave amongst all my blogger and cooking friends.

*** don’t have a slow-cooker?  no biggie- see my stovetop version HERE!

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Add all of the ingredients to the slow-cooker

(keep any skin or meat on bones, if any is still lingering)

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Place slow-cooker on low for 10 hours (between 8-12 is fine)

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Stir it all up, give it a taste, and adjust seasonings as desired

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It will solidify as it cools…

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Simply to show how gelatinous this stuff gets,

I poured it all into a pot before making my soup and let it cool…

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When you scoop into this stuff, it will be thick and jelly-like

Don’t let that freak you out- that’s all goodness in there!

As soon as it’s reheated, it’ll liquify right up and look ‘normal’ again :)

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Alright, once the broth is flavored up how you want it, strain it so it’s just the broth

Spiralize up some zucchini and carrots

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Distribute veggies in bowls

Pour the hot broth over the veggies

Sprinkle with some fresh parsley leaves and season as you wish

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That’s it… slurp & devour!

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Hi, I'm Natalie! I like to cook, eat, and adventure. I live in a little home with an itty-bitty kitchen, a crazy feline, and a very hungry boyfriend. Lots of cooking and devouring goes down here. Farmer's markets inspire me, as do the seasons and travel. I create simple recipes using wholesome real food. Enjoy!

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