Advanced Project: This Is Not Your Average Chicken Noodle Soup

Warning: This recipe isn't for the faint-of-heart. We're calling the nerdiest cooks out there to make this chicken noodle soup. With a Nor'easter hitting the New England and New York areas this weekend, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to get extra- advanced with our soup-cooking. Our friends at ChefSteps provided us this recipe for the classic comfort soup, but with a twist: the noodles are actually made of chicken! Make this once and you'll never think of chicken noodle the same way again.

Not Your Average Chicken Noodle Soup

4 hours 30 minutes; serves 4Ingredients:

  • 1/2 recipe of Chicken Noodles
  • Chicken consommé
  • Buna-shimeji mushrooms, as needed
  • Bunapi mushrooms, as needed
  • Golden enoki mushrooms, as needed
  • 1 small head broccoli
  • 1.5 grams fresh thyme
  • 1 gram fresh tarragon
  • 1 gram fresh rosemary
  • 0.25 gram fresh bay leaf
  • 1 gram salt, plus more as needed
  • 1 gram MSG
  • White pearl onions, raw, as needed
  • Olive oil, as needed
  • Fine herbs, as needed
  • Equipment:

  • Pressure cooker
  • Sous vide setup
  • Food processor
  • Sieve #20
  • Sous vide bags
  • Chamber vacuum sealer
  • Blender
  • Coffee filter
  • Fine-mesh sieve
  • Blowtorch (optional)
  • Directions:

  • Click here to follow instructions for Chicken Noodles.

  • Click here to follow instructions for Chicken Consommé.
  • Slice the sheet of chicken into "noodles" as wide as they are thick.
  • Trim mushroom stems, leaving just enough to look natural.
  • Using a blowtorch, char the flower buds on the ends of the florets. Once black, remove the tips and reserve. If you don't have access to a torch, char broccoli in a high-temp oven.
  • Heat consommé to a simmer, and infuse with herbs, salt, and MSG for 10 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, or use a French press. While the herbs are infusing, start to prepare the other ingredients.
  • Slice the onions in half from top to bottom. Remove the skins and separate the petals. Preheat a pan over high heat, and add the onions face down. They will start to char on the bottom. Once the bottoms of the onions start to brown, add just a touch of oil and salt to the pan to season. Shake the pan to dislodge the onions, and transfer them quickly to a dry towel to stop carry-over cooking.
  • Form a nest of noodles in the middle of the bowl. Arrange onions, mushrooms, and charred broccoli tips around the noodles. Garnish with fine herbs. Just before service, add 100 g warm consommé to each bowl, and finish with your favorite fat: chicken fat, olive oil, nasturtium butter, or even Carotene Butter.
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