Looking to fill your kiddos bellies with wholesome food before heading out to collect candy for Halloween? Bring the fun with this Chicken Boo-dle soup!
It’s Halloween night – your kids are home from school and jumping off the walls, excited to go out and start begging your neighbors for candy. For the 800th time, you beg them to wait – they have to eat dinner before they are allowed to go out. You know that if you don’t get a good meal in their bellies now, there is no chance you’ll be able to convince them to eat something healthy when a pillowcase of mini candies is staring them down. SO what’s a mom to do?
Enter: Chicken Boo-dle Soup. The fun, festive dinner is sure to win over your guys and ghouls while giving them a dose of ‘real’ food before the sugar hits. Follow my recipe for foolproof chicken noodle soup or use a short-cut by grabbing a rotisserie chicken, shredding it, and adding it to some chicken stock before adding come carrots, celery, and noodles.
Chicken Boo-dle Soup has 2 spooky components that make it perfect for Halloween – bats and pumpkins. To make your bats, grab some black food dye and some farfalle (bowtie) pasta. Cook your pasta, (I suggest just under al dente, since you’ll be putting it in hot soup later) drain, rinse in cold water, and drain as well as you can. Place into a gallon zip top bag, add dye and SHAKESHAKESHAKE. I did about 1/4 of a box of pasta and 10 drops of dye. Allow to sit (overnight, even, if possible) and drain excess dye off before setting aside. I didn’t find the dye to change the taste or rub off on to anything once rinsed.
I actually looked for squid ink farfalle, but all I could find were these funky striped ones which, while cool, weren’t what I was looking for, obviously. But I think black squid ink linguine or other long noodles would be a fun option.
To make carrot pumpkins, I followed the tutorial from Little Dairy on the Prairie – instead of taking pictures that weren’t nearly as pretty, head over there to check it out! Add the cut pumpkins to your soup to cook as you normally would.
Add ‘bat’ noodles to a bowl and pour hot soup on top of the noodles and enjoy!
Okay, so tell me – what did you eat before heading out to trick or treat as a kid? Festive food: yay or nay? Let me know in the comments!
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