Here is a chicken and mushroom soup recipe with wide egg noodles and green peas in a creamy dill broth. And it's sooo delicious!
Why Is It Called Dill Weed?
Dill, a member of the carrot family, is native to southwest Asia and India. It has very delicate, fern-like leaves which we use as an herb and seeds which we use as a spice.
To differentiate between the two, recipes use the term dill weed when referring to basically the fresh or dried leaves. I say basically, because dill weed includes seeds blended in with the leaves.
Since fresh dill is easy to find in our markets only during the summer and early fall, I chose dried dill weed for this recipe. It is delightfully available throughout the year!
May the romance of soup making bring you peacefulness - like snow glittering in the moonlight.
4 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
2-3 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized cubes (trim off any excess fat)
3 cups whole fresh button mushrooms, rinsed and sliced
6 cups chicken stock, homemade preferred (chicken stock recipe)
6 cups dried hearty wide egg noodles
3/4 cup frozen green peas
3/4 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons corn starch
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons dried dill weed
1. In a large Dutch oven, slowly melt butter over medium heat.
2. Sauté - Add onion and garlic; sauté for about 5 minutes or until tender, stirring often.
3. Add and cook - Add cubed chicken; stir occasionally and cook for about 5 minutes.
4. Stir in and cook - Stir in mushrooms; cook about 3 minutes
5. Add chicken stock. Cover and bring to a boil. Then immediately reduce heat to medium.
6. Cook for 15 minutes.
7. Stir in dried noodles.
8. Cook uncovered for 7 minutes on medium high. (or according to noodle package directions)
9. While noodles are cooking, mix together sour cream, mustard, corn starch, and dried dill in a medium sized bowl.
10. Add and cook - To the Dutch oven, stir in the frozen peas and cook for about 5 minutes
10. Using a ladle, gradually stir in 1 cup of the hot chicken stock to the sour cream mixture. Mix until well-combined.
11. Then add the sour cream mixture to the Dutch oven.
12. Stir and cook - Stir and cook until the soup bubbles and reaches desired thickness.
13. Enjoy! - Ladle into bowls and enjoy!
Dill, It is More Than Just a Tasty Herb...
Dill is a very good source of calcium, meaning it is good for our bone health. Plus, it is also a good source of vitamin A, and the minerals manganese, iron, and magnesium.
How wonderful that herbs not only taste wonderful; they also provide protective health benefits!
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McGee, Harold. "Flavorings from Plants." In On Food and Cooking; The Science and Lore of the Kitchen, 385-450. New York: Scribner, 2004.