Chicken Soup with Stars

This is one of those simple recipes that is guaranteed to make you feel better, no matter what ails you. Whether you're sick, tired, sick of being tired, tired of being sick, or just love a good bowl of soup—this is the recipe for you. It's not a miracle cure, but it's pretty darn close. You can make your broth from scratch or cheat a little and buy it at the store. No matter how you make it it turns out perfect every single time. If you have any left over it freezes well, so makes sure to keep some on hand for last minute company or when you don't feel like cooking.

Chicken Soup with Stars

Chicken Soup with Stars
makes approximately 6 - 8 servings

Ingredients

2-3 chicken leg quarters
1 cup onion, diced
1 cup baby carrots, sliced
1 cup celery, diced
32-64oz chicken broth (see notes)
7oz star pasta, either pastilla or stelline (see notes)
1 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
fresh ground pepper, to taste

Directions

  • Add chicken leg quarters, onions, carrots, celery, and 32 ounces of chicken broth to the crockpot, set to high, and cook for 3-4 hours or until chicken is thoroughly cooked.
  • Remove the cooked chicken and allow it to cool before shredding the meat. Return shredded chicken to the crockpot.
  • On the stove partially cook your star pasta. Since cooking time on the various shapes is different, cook your pasta for half the time stated on the package, drain, and add it to the crockpot to finish cooking.
  • Allow the soup to cook for an additional 30 - 60 minutes, or until the pasta has cooked completely and the carrots are no longer crunchy. Cooking time varies greatly between models of crockpot, so I suggest checking the soup periodically during the final step so you don't overcook the pasta.
  • Add salt and fresh ground pepper to taste, as well as additional chicken broth as necessary (up to 32 ounces.) The partially cooked star pasta soaks up a lot of the broth while cooking, infusing it with flavor. Add the amount of broth you feel is necessary, you may not want to use the full 32 ounces.

Notes

This recipes calls for store bought broth because it's convenient, but I highly recommend making your own if you have the time. It's a fairly simple although somewhat time consuming process, however the results are definitely worth it.

To save time you can make this with leftover chicken, you'll need about 2 cups worth. I prefer to use chicken leg quarters as they're the least expensive cut of chicken sold in my area. I can usually pick them up for $0.49/lb where as a whole chicken usually runs about $1.19/lb.

This recipe is incredibly flexible, so add to it! Try adding fresh herbs or garlic to mix things up a bit. When it comes to chicken soup there is no wrong way.

Top 10 Recipes of 2015

After the hustle and bustle of November and December I prefer to end the year on a quiet note with my friends and family, so the day after Christmas we packed up the car and headed to St. Louis for some much needed R&R. The sky was cloudy and gray when we left Wisconsin, but we ran into heavy rain along the way—it didn't stop for two days. Some portions of the city saw as much as twelve inches of rain fall during that time, which quickly brought the four rivers in St. Louis to flood stage and closed many of the local highways. Travel throughout certain portions of the city was impossible as the major highways shut down one-by-one.

Living along the river we're no stranger to flooding, it's something we live with year after year, but it's been over 20 years since we've had a flood of this calibre and we've never had one so late in the year. Over the past few days residents and non-residents alike have come together to help sandbag in hopes of saving homes, businesses, and historic landmarks throughout the area. The rain has finally stopped and we're spending the start of 2016 waiting for the river to crest (reach it's highest point) before the waters slowly start to recede. We're only one day in to the new year and we're already off to a rough start.

Despite the rain keeping spirits low, there have been some high points this past week. I've managed to catch up with friends I rarely see, found out the world really is a much smaller place than I ever imagined, and learned that our extended family will be increasing yet again in 2016. I'm excited to have another baby in the family to spoil rotten! By tomorrow I'll be heading home and it will be business as usual around here. My vacation is officially over, but before I start planning for the new year I thought I'd take a look back at what was most successful in 2015. So without further ado, here are my top 10 recipes from 2015. I hope you enjoy them!

Top 10 Recipes of 2015 | Not Starving Yet

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Tea Lovers

When the stress of the holidays gets to be a little much, why not sit back and have a nice cup of tea? Here are our top picks to make your favorite cup a little more enjoyable.

2015 Tea Lovers Gift Guide | Not Starving Yet
  • 16 ounce ingenuiTEA Steeper from Adagio from Amazon: This steeper makes both steeping and cleanup a breeze, which is why it's been my go-to steeper for the past few years.

  • DoMatcha - Ceremonial Grade Matcha Green Tea from Amazon: This matcha is an absolute joy to drink. The flavor is mild, with slightly toasted notes and a hint of spice. It was no surprise when it won 1st place in our Ceremonial Grade Matcha Blind Taste Test earlier this year.

  • Flavored Sugar Sticks from Red Leaf Tea: These sticks are a great way to add a hint of sugar to your tea. They're available in Caramel, Hazelnut, Honey, Lavender, Orange, and Pomegranate.

  • Takeya Iced Tea Maker Set from Amazon: This pitcher set gets a lot of use in our house year around. Just fill it with tea and cold water, let it sit overnight, and you'll have enough iced tea to last you all day long.

  • Steep and Go Water Bottler Tea Infuser from The TeaSpot from Amazon: This nifty tea infuser attaches to most popular water bottles allowing you to cold steep your tea on-the-go. It's the perfect sized stocking stuffer for the tea lover in your life.

  • KATI Tea Brewing System, Snowflake from Tea Forte from Amazon: Pair this festive looking cup and steeping basket with some quality loose leaf tea and you have a gift any tea lover will appreciate.

  • Zojirushi Hot Water Pot from Amazon: Always have your water ready for brewing when you need it with this adjustable temperature hot water pot. It's a tea lover's best friend!

  • Terra Verve - Culinary Grade Matcha Green Tea from Amazon: This culinary grade matcha has a mild grassy flavor and a hint of sweetness, it's one of my top picks for cooking or making smoothies.

  • Smart Soak Tea Stain Dissolver from Mandala Tea: If you've been wasting time scrubbing tea stains from your favorite cup, this is the product for you! It will take the stains out of many types of materials in under 20 minutes. Want to know more? You can check out our Full Review of this product.

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