Sit down to a big bowl of chicken noodle soup with leeks and kale to cure whatever ails you. It's comfort food for the body and soul!
Winner! Winner! Chicken and Leek Soup with Kale for dinner!!
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The ingredient list:
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- Store-Bought Rotisserie Chicken (or leftover chicken or turkey, approximately 3 cups)
- 2 leeks, sliced and cleaned (see below for instructions)
- Carrots, peeled and diced (about 1½ cups)
- Canned Diced Tomatoes
- 3 Quarts of Low-Sodium Chicken or Turkey Stock (homemade or store-bought)
- Chopped Kale (approximately 2 cups)
- Dry Egg Noodles (about 2½ cups)
- Worchestershire Sauce
- Large Shallot, minced (approximately ¼ cup)
- Olive Oil
- Lemon Juice (or apple cider vinegar)
- Salt and Pepper
Kitchen tools and equipment needed:
- Large Soup Pot or Dutch Oven
- Chef's Knife
- Cutting Board
- Vegetable Peeler
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Can Opener
- Soup Bowl and Spoons
What makes this an easy weeknight dinner recipe?
To make this an easy weeknight dinner, I've used a store-bought rotisserie chicken and also store-bought chicken broth for this recipe.
However, should you be lucky enough to have homemade chicken (or even turkey) stock, and possibly leftover chicken or turkey meat, by all means, use it for this recipe!
How do I clean leeks?
It's not hard, but there is a trick to it to making sure to get the sandy grit from between the layers.
The following video will give you more information regarding cleaning and cutting leeks if you're new to the process;
How long will it take to make chicken and leek soup with kale from start to finish?
Approximately 30 minutes, which is why it's a great fast and easy weeknight dinner you can feel good about feeding your family!
Can this soup be frozen?
Spoon or ladle the cooled soup into a freezer-safe container (or containers, if you're making individual portions) and it can remain in the freezer for up to 6 months.
How to reheat after freezing?
Thaw the soup completely in the refrigerator, or in the microwave on the defrost setting.
Add the thawed soup to a pot (or heat in the microwave) and heat over medium heat until hot.
Adding some freshly chopped kale right before serving will bump up the nutritional value and appearance level of the soup after freezing.
Can frozen kale be substituted for fresh kale?
Yep! Not a problem!
Just make sure you heat the soup back up completely because the addition of the frozen vegetables will drop the temperature of the soup considerably!
Can spinach be used in place of the kale in this recipe?
You can either use fresh spinach or frozen. If using frozen, please see above regarding adding a frozen vegetable to this chicken and leek soup.
Don't have shallots? What is a good substitution?
Finely minced onion, or finely minced garlic. Just don't go overboard with the garlic as it may overpower the soup.
How many servings will this chicken and leek soup make?
I love leftovers, especially with a big pot of soup like this!
I've written this recipe with leftovers in mind, or it's great if you're serving a crowd.
As written this recipe will make approximately 10-12 servings with each serving being roughly 2 cups worth of soup.
The easy step-by-step instructions for making chicken and leek soup with kale and noodles are as follows:
- Cut the root and green ends from the leeks, slice in half and then chop into ½" pieces.
- Add the chopped leeks to a bowl filled with water.
- Swish the leeks in the water for several seconds so any grit and sand drops to the bottom of the bowl.
- Remove the leeks from the water and dry on paper towels.
- Discard the water.
- Mince the shallots.
- Add butter to the pot over medium heat, and saute the dried leeks and minced shallot in the butter, stirring occasionally for 2-3 minutes.
- Chop the carrots and add them to the pot along with the salt and pepper.
- Cook, stirring occasionally for 3-4 minutes.
- Add the canned tomatoes and their liquid to the pot along with the chicken stock.
- Bring to a low simmer.
- Meanwhile, remove the stems from the kale and gently rub the kale between fingers to break up the fibrous texture, and make the kale a bit more tender.
- Chop the rubbed kale into bite-sized pieces.
- Add the Worchestershire sauce to the pot, along with the chopped kale.
- Add the chopped chicken to the pot along with the egg noodles.
- Simmer, stirring occasionally until the noodles are cooked and soft.
- Add a few pats of butter to the completed soup along with a fresh squeeze of lemon juice right before serving.
- Add a touch of freshly chopped kale to the soup before serving (optional).
- Serve hot and enjoy!
The method to the madness of massaging kale:
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Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today's fast and easy healthy comfort food Chicken and Leek Soup with Kale and Noodles.
Chicken Noodle Soup with Leeks and Kale
- 2 medium leeks cleaned and chopped into ½" pieces (approximately 2½ cups)
- 1 large shallot minced
- 3 large carrots peeled and chopped into 1" pieces (approximately 2½ cups)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 tablespoons butter divided
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 can diced tomatoes with liquid
- 3 quarts low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
- 1½-2 cups fresh kale roughly chopped and rubbed for tenderness (plus additional for garnish).
- 3 cups cooked chicken store-bought rotisserie chicken or leftovers
- 2½ cups egg noodles approximately 8 ounces
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
- In a large soup pot or Dutch oven, over medium heat, melt the butter and add the olive oil.
- Add the prepared leeks and the minced shallots to the pot. Stir occasionally and cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Add the prepared carrots, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally for an additional 4-5 minutes.
- Add the canned tomatoes (with their liquid), chicken broth, and Worchestershire sauce. Bring to a gentle simmer.
- Add the prepared kale, chicken, and egg noodles to the pot.
- Stir well and continue to simmer until the egg noodles are soft and cooked through (approximately 10-12 minutes).
- To finish, add 2 tablespoons of butter, and the lemon juice to the pot. Stir well.
- Garnish with fresh chopped kale (if desired) and serve hot.
I sincerely hope you've enjoyed today's healthy and easy recipe for Chicken Noodle Soup with Leeks and Kale as much as I've enjoyed bringing it to you.
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