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Simple Sundays | Chicken and Herb Spaetzle Soup

Our kitchen table is round, the wood showing little nicks of wear and tear from years of breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks, not to mention toys and textbooks and homework and projects of all kinds. It’s been well used and well loved, and even the…

Chicken and Herb Spaetzle Soup | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Nourish your family with a bowl of soup.
Simple Sundays | Chicken and Herb Spaetzle Soup

Chicken and Herb Spaetzle Soup | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Nourish your family with a bowl of soup.

Our kitchen table is round, the wood showing little nicks of wear and tear from years of breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks, not to mention toys and textbooks and homework and projects of all kinds. It’s been well used and well loved, and even the chairs have been replaced over the years. But the table remains, and I am constantly tidying up, reminding the children to bring their toys upstairs and clear books off the table.

It’s when the table is cleared and set for dinner that I can finally relax. Knowing that we, as a family, can gather around the table for dinner is more important than my kids realize. It is the reason I won’t allow our schedules to be overrun by activities and sports, it’s the reason I always want to be home by the dinner hour.

I know how fortunate we are to know that there will be a meal, every single night. I always say a prayer of thanks that there is food on the table, whether it is a simple sandwich or an elaborate roast. With 1 in 6 Americans facing hunger today, it can be quite sobering.

When I learned about The Pampered Chef’s Round-Up from the Heart Campaign, I wanted to get involved. Since 1991, the campaign encourages their guests to “round-up” their product orders to the nearest dollar or more, and funds are distributed to Feeding America. Since the program’s inception, over $24 million has been contributed.

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Nourish. This word is printed on the new Round-Up from the Heart Soup Bowls. For each limited edition bowl purchased, the Pampered Chef contributes $2 to Feeding America. I thought about what I would want to serve in these bowls, and I knew right away that it would have to be Chicken and Herb Spaetzle Soup.

Homemade spaetzle – have you ever tried it? My daughter fell in love with these miniature dumplings when we ate at an old German restaurant in San Francisco a couple of years ago, and she has been begging me to make it ever since. Part of her love for spaetzle is surely a bit of pride for her heritage, but the other part is the fact that it is impossible for a child to dislike a dumpling! For me, spaetzle is comfort food, and in a chicken soup, I can’t think of anything more comforting on a chilly autumn day.

Making homemade spaetzle is perhaps just as fun as eating it, and surprisingly easy. If you don’t have a spaetzle maker, do not fret. A colander works, or even a box grater with 1/4 inch holes. Part of the fun is that they don’t look perfect, even if they taste perfect.

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Chicken and Herb Spaetzle Soup

Serves 4. | Prep: 30 minutes | Cook: 30 minutes

If you’ve never tried making homemade spaetzle, you’re in for a wonderful surprise. It’s easy! And fun. And the whole family will love it.

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon white pepper

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

3 large eggs

3/4 cup whole milk

4 teaspoon fresh herbs (e.g. thyme, parsley, etc), divided

1/2 tablespoon olive oil

3 carrots, finely diced

2 stalks celery, finely diced

8 cups chicken stock

2 bone-in chicken breasts

1/2 onion, skin on

kosher salt

freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

Make the spaetzle dough by whisking together the flour, salt, pepper and nutmeg in a large bowl. In a separate small bowl, beat the eggs with the milk until well combined. Add the egg mixture to the flour, and using a wooden spoon or spatula, gently stir together until you have a sticky dough. Stir in 3 teaspoons of the fresh herbs. Let it sit in the refrigerator while you start the soup. This can even be done the night before.

Start the soup: In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the carrots and celery and cook, 2 minutes. Add the chicken stock, chicken breast and onion, bring to a boil and cook for about 20 minutes, or until the chicken is poached. Remove the onion and didscard. Take the chicken out of the pot, and when it has cooled slightly, remove the bone and skin and discard. Shred the chicken and return to the soup. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Using a spaetzle maker or colander, pass the dough through the holes and drop it into the water. The dumplings will cook quickly and float to the top. Use a slotted spoon to retrieve the spaetzle and transfer it to the soup. If you wish, you can also drop the spaetzle directly into the soup pot. Stir in the remaining teaspoon fresh herbs.

Serve the soup immediately.

Spaetzle recipe from Fresh Herb Spaetzle by Dorie Greenspan, Bon Appetit (March, 2006), via Epicurious.

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Fresh-Herb-Spaetzle-234152

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  1. jodi

    My family loves when I make them chicken marinated with safllower oil, soy sauce and cilantro.  After baking or grilling topping it with fresh homemade tomato salsa with rice (with a hint of cilantro) on the side.  

    Reply
  2. wen budro

    The dish that means the most to me is my sister’s Beef Stroganoff.  I only get to have it when I visit during the holidays so it’s a special treat for me and the family.

    Reply
  3. Danielle Jones

    The most meaningful dish that I make it my grandma’s potato soup. I had tasted others thru out my life but never one quite as tasty as grandma’s. Finally I was given the secret and now enjoy making it. It always reminds me of grandma’s kitchen.

    Reply
  4. Diana Hatch

    When I feed my family spaghetti it reminds me of growing up in my family

    Reply
  5. Nicole

    This is going to sound really silly, but Mac & Cheese. It is a meal my husband and I both turn to for comfort, and is one of the few things we both eat (I’m a vegetarian, he is not). It is a big deal to us to make a batch and share it as a meal. 

    Reply
  6. Darlene Owen

    I love to feed my family my homemade Chicken Noodle soup, especially when one of them is sick.

    Reply
  7. Dawn S.

    My Italian grandmother taught me how to make lasagna – I love making that for my family and thinking of her whenever I do.

    Reply
  8. Allison S.

    I like to make stuffed cabbage for my family. It is part of our culture, although I make it with my own spin on it. 

    Reply
  9. kem crosswhite

    chickn and dumplings mean the most to us. Fmily recipe passed down from generation to generation

    Reply
  10. Pam H.

    Lasagna because it’s my family’s favorite. I have my own recipe, so it makes it all the more special.

    Reply
  11. Mandy Kauffman

    A dish that means a lot to my family is a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch meal that my hubby makes called pork chops and knepp, a variation on spaetzle.  Thanks for the giveaway! :)

    Reply
  12. Dusty Schnur

    My homemade chicken noodle soup means the most. It was something that my mother and I used to do together, now it’s something my mother in law and I make together.

    Reply
  13. Kerrie Mayans

    Black beans and rice, Cuban pork and tostones because I was taught the recipes from my husband’s grandmother from Cuba. My husband ate it as a kid for important family meals and I am happy to be able to give my kids the same food as he had as a kid.

    Reply
  14. lissa crane

    My family favorite is lasagna!  We do dish and  roll ups, any way is our favorite!

    Reply
  15. Angela R Higdon

    Pancakes…my kids help me make then every Sunday, and we always try new flavors of extracts, or different add ins to mix it up. Its a tradition!

    Reply
  16. Teresa

    Anything homemade that I can make for my family is most important. Foods like chicken soup, pizza, dips and spreads are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to feeding those I love without preservatives and chemicals. 

    Reply
  17. courtney hennagir

    My mac n cheese means the most to me because I came up with the recipe to suit my family’s taste and everyone loves it.It is definitely a comfort food for us and it’s nice to see everyone truly enjoying a meal together.

    Reply
  18. megan tilley

    Mine would have to be my famous chili or my grandmother’s chicken n dumplings, this meals remind us how important family is.

    Reply
  19. Kimberly Schotz

    When I was growing up the meal that meant the most to me were my mothers delicious chicken enchiladas.

    Reply
  20. jenn giannetto

    Lasagna means the most to my family. my grandmother always made it when i was growing up and it means a lot for me to make it now

    Reply
  21. Stephanie Phelps

    My favorite meal that means a lot to me to make for my family is Chicken and Dumplings I grew up with my Grandmother making them and remember he teaching me! 

    Reply
  22. janetfaye

    A large pot of Beef Vegetable soup is what I love to make for my family.

    Reply
  23. Mary Beth Elderton

    There are two dishes I love to cook when my family needs comfort—slow cooked pot roast with potatoes and roasted chicken with vegetables.  Both are hearty and nourishing.  

    Reply
  24. Annmarie W.

    I love feeding my family my homemade Italian Wedding soup…it’s something that the whole family enjoys. I feel like I’m feeding them something healthy, and something that I like making!

    Reply
  25. Natalie

    I would say tacos, it’s something everyone likes and we enjoy 

    Reply
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