Autumn will be here in a few weeks, so I started to cook Soup Stock for Chicken Noodle Soup. Once the soup stock was ready, I stored them in individual plastic containers and froze them for future use. I also used a few cups to make chicken noodle soup, which is always my go-to soupy meal. I also use this same soup stock to make the Filipino classic Lomi Noodle Soup.
The simplest things often are the best. There is nothing like sumptuous soup which has full-bodied flavors. And it all starts with a good soup stock which is easy to make at home.
Inspired by a recipe from book designer and chef Ige Ramos, I started the weekend simmering soup stock. I took the chicken carcass I had leftover from a roast. Then, with the stock, I made the Chicken Soup. I quickly sauteed onions, and garlic, added the chicken, and poured the liquid. A few seasonings here and there were tossed into the mix. Pretty soon, the savory aroma of chicken boiling in onions floated around the kitchen. It was a scent that reminded me of the warmth and love felt from a good home-cooked soup, shared around the table.
Make a large stockpot of soup stock. Use it as a base for different dishes like Filipino favorites: Misua, Sotanghon soup, Pancit Molo, Nilaga, Tinola, Arroz Caldo, Pancit Miki, Calandracas, or even instant ramen soups. Transform the soup stock into hearty chicken noodle soup like this one. Or freeze it for those days you’re rushing through a busy schedule, and need a quick meal.
Soup Stock for Chicken Noodle Soup - Instant Pot + Stovetop
- Large stockpot or Dutch oven - for stovetop cooking
- Instant Pot multicooker - 6 or 8 quarts
For the Soup Stock
- 10 to 12 cups water
- 1 whole carcass of a cooked, roast chicken
- 1 whole onion, chopped
- 1 stalk celery, chopped
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black peppercorns
For the Chicken Noodle Soup
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 whole medium-sized onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 whole small-sized carrot, peeled, sliced or diced
- 2 teaspoons patis (fish sauce)
- 1 to 2 cups cooked diced chicken meat
- ½ cup frozen green peas
- 8 cups soup stock
- 6 to 8 ounces fresh Chinese noodles; or use dried ramen noodles
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 stalks scallion greens, chopped
To make Soup Stock - stovetop (option 1)
- Place all the ingredients together in a large stockpot. Cover. Over medium-high heat, bring to a boil. When it boils, lower heat to a simmer and continue cooking for 1 hour. After 1 hour, remove the chicken carcass. Shred any meat from the bones. Set aside the soup stock to cool. Set the chicken meat aside. *Use some of the soup stock for the Chicken Noodle Soup. Keep the rest in plastic covered containers and freeze for future use.
To make Soup Stock in the Instant Pot (option 2)
- Place all the ingredients together in the inside pot of the Instant Pot multicooker.Cover and lock the lid. Set valve to a Sealing position.Click Manual + Soups + High Pressure for 25 minutes. When buzzer sounds to announce cooking is done, do a Natural Pressure Release (allow the pressure and steam to come down on its own).Carefully unlock the lid and open. Remove the chicken. Shred the chicken meat from the bones. Set the chicken aside. Set aside the amount of soup stock needed for the Chicken Noodle Soup. Store the rest of the soup stock in plastic containers, in the freezer.
To cook the Chicken Noodle Soup (stovetop)
- Use the same large stockpot. Rinse and dry the insides.Over medium-high heat, add the vegetable oil. When oil is hot enough, saute the onions, garlic, and carrots.Pour the patis (fish sauce). Add the chicken meat and green peas.Pour the soup stock. Cover and let the soup simmer over medium heat for about 10 minutes.Add the fresh Chinese noodles. Since these are already pre-boiled, continue simmering for 5 minutes more.Garnish with scallions. Serve the soup piping-hot.
- I buy the fresh Chinese noodles from the Asian grocery, in the refrigerated section. These are wheat noodles which are already pre-boiled. Wash the noodles in cold running water before adding to the soup broth.You can also substitute with dried ramen noodles. Adjust cooking time to 5 minutes longer for the dried noodles to soften and cook.
Instant Pot Notes:
- It takes about 17 minutes for the High Pressure cooking to start from the time you press the buttons on the keypad. For other brands of multicookers, please check the product manual.
Notes on Nutrition: The nutrition information provided in the recipe links is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and specific brands of ingredients used.
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