Pantry Soup · Spring Beer · Winter Beer

Pantry Soup Collection: Chicken Noodle with a Nugget Nectar Ale

Pantry Soups are soups I make when I get home and have no idea what to make. Typically I take a quick inventory and decide what to throw in the pot based on what I find. I’ve been craving chicken soup and luckily I had some egg noodles waiting to be used.

Since it’s been unusually warm in the Northeastern USA, I wanted something that reminded me of spring. So I picked up a Nugget Nectar Ale. Does it work well with the winter comfort soup?

The Beer: 

Nugget Nectar Ale by Tröegs Independent Brewing Company says that its a “blend of super fresh hops” and “is an explosion of pine, resin, and mango”. The bottle art is a mix of orange and green and looks like an early spring or St. Patrick’s Day beer. How does it do on it’s own?

dscn1209Style: Imperial Amber Ale with 7.5% alc/vol.

Color: The bottle says “straw orange”, but I’d call it dark amber.

Aroma: A little sweet like honey and a nice blend of hops.

Taste: Smooth, earthy, and a little sweet. I can’t find any mango though.

Level of Recommendation: This is definitely more of an early spring beer, it’s a good balance of full flavor and easy drinking.

The Food: 

What you’ll need: dscn1205

  • 1 chicken thigh
  • 1 box of low sodium chicken broth (about 4 cups)
  • Egg Noodles
  • Olive oil
  • 2 Carrots
  • A handful of spinach
  • 1/2 a large onion
  • 3 small cloves of garlic
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Dried Rosemary
  • Dried Thyme
  • Dried Oregano

Cut up the chicken thighs into small chunks. Saute in a pan with olive oil, salt, and pepper until fully cooked. While the chicken is sauteing, bring the chicken broth to a boil and chop up the veggies (including the spinach). Once the broth is boiling, add in the egg noodles, cooked chicken, crushed garlic, and dried herbs.

Saute the chopped onions in olive oil. Once they are translucent, add to the soup pot along with the carrots and spinach. Bring the pot to a simmer for about 20 minutes.


The Pairing: 


It’s a hearty pairing, but not heavy. The beer and the carrots bring out a bit more sweetness from the meal. The herbs and broth complement the bitter hops taste. It’s a comfort meal for adults.

Level of Recommendation: This is a great meal for when the seasons are just about to start changing. It’s still just a little bit chilly outside, but it’s nice enough to go hiking.



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