Monday, January 13, 2014

Bonnie's Hotel Utah Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Bonnie's, a fellow blogger, Hotel Utah Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup is my favorite soup to bring to people when they are ill.  I just put it in a quart jar and bring some bread or crackers.  It is also my youngest daughter's favorite soup.  When Bonnie was raising her children she used to bring her children to the famous Hotel Utah in Salt Lake City, and they would order Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup as a starter.  This is Bonnie's wonderful rendition.  Bonnie is the host of the blog City Home/Country Home where she has tremendous talents for handicrafts such as needlepoint, crocheting and knitting, and also is a wonderful cook.  She makes the cutest knitted foxes and bunnies.  I am a "souper, " and if you are a "souper" you will love it too -- rich creamy and so soul satisfying. 

The building that used to host the Hotel Utah, has been renamed, repurposed and beautifully and lovingly restored.  It has been renamed as the Joseph Smith Building,  for the founder of the Latter-Day-Saint faith.  It has three restaurants, rooms for rental, administrative offices, and an LDS chapel.  Here are a few pictures of it around Christmas this year.  I love visiting Salt Lake City any time of the year, but at Christmas it is truly a wonderful experience. 

Before I go any further, I want to say thanks to my Fairy Blog Mother Linda .  I love the wintery window she added.  Somehow, she just knows what I like, and it is so fun to open up my blog and see the changes she makes.

An Incredible Chandelier

The Stained Glass on the Ceilings.

An exquisite tree named the "Pearl of Great Price," after our book of scripture.  The exterior of the building is also amazing, but it was dark when we visited.

Bonnie's Hotel Utah Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
When making Bonnie's soup, the only change I make is to add more half and half.
2 teaspoons of chicken soup base (Bouillon)
3 cups of chicken soup stock ( I use canned.)
2 Tablespoons of butter or olive oil (or combination of both)
2 cups chopped carrots
2 cups chopped celery
¾ cup chopped onion
2-10 oz. cans of cream of chicken soup (Campbell's is fine)
2 cups half and half
3 Tablespoons of butter
3 Tablespoons of all-purpose flour
2 cups of cooked diced chicken
4 cups of cooked noodles (I use the wide noodles.)
Salt and Pepper to taste -- I pepper liberally.

Heat the 2 tablespoons of butter in the bottom of a large Dutch oven. Add the carrots, celery, and onions; simmer until the vegetables are translucent.
Pour in the stock and soup base and bring to a boil. Add the canned soup and half and half. 
In a small sauce pan, melt the 3 tablespoons of butter. Stir the flour into the butter, and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Do not let the flour mixture brown. Add the roux to the Dutch oven and stir to thicken the soup. Let it come to a low boil and cook for 3 minutes more.
Add the cooked chicken and noodles and stir  well to distribute.

Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper. 

In the tureen waiting to be served.

 Thanks for a wonderful recipe Bonnie!  Also thanks for dropping by Red Couch Recipes!


Bonnie said...

Thanks for the kind and generous mention Joni. I'm so glad you like this soup. It has so many good memories for our family. Your photos of the JSBuilding are beautiful!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh Joni, that's all I've been making lately, is SOUP! It's just so warm and comforting and this recipe sounds so good. Have you ever tried the Reames frozen egg noddles? They're so good! I'd love to give this recipe a try. Thanks for sharing Bonnie's rendition. xo

Lynn said...

Sounds like a hearty soup Joni! I love that beautiful stained glass ceiling:@)

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful place and my mouth is watering for some of that good looking soup - even though it's breakfast time! ;) Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Debbie said...

Now how did you know that I happen to be a on big old soup kick these days and in a serious treasure hunt for new recipes?

This sounds similar to one that I make. I like it. Therefore, I will try it exactly as you posted the next time I make chicken soup and see if I can make mine taste even better by being a copy cat.

And I LOVE your header. I noticed it the minute I opened your blog and am glad you linked to the fairy blog mother.

Pondside said...

Thanks for the recipe. A new soup is just the thing at this time of year, when I am into making soups.

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Beth said...

Hi Joni, This soup sounds fantastic! We love having soup in the wintertime; I always like to bubble it in the crockpot all day long so I get to drink in the fragrance from morning to evening!