chicken noodle soup.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

chicken noodle soup

ed and i have been battling a cold that has stretched for almost a month now. you know that lingering funk that includes a sore throat and late night coughing fits? i tried a few natural remedies and then reached for over the counter meds that do nada but make you feel proactive about the whole situation. nothing short of a horse sedative would have helped me sleep.

ed figured he'd go to the doctor for an it's a virus (duh) diagnosis, to which i exclaimed... we haven't made chicken noodle soup! enough time has gone by that i'm sure my white blood cells took care of the job, but i'd rather give credit to the cure-all soup.

chicken noodle soup
2 carrots, diced
1 yellow onion, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 box (32oz) chicken or vegetable stock
3/4 cup cooked chicken, shredded (rotisserie chicken from the store is easiest)
1 bay leaf
3/4 cup noodles
handful fresh dill, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

1. saute diced carrots, onion, and celery in a few glugs of olive oil until tender. add garlic and cook for another minute.
2. add shredded chicken, salt, pepper, and bay leaf.
3. stir to combine and add chicken/vegetable stock.
4. bring to a boil and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
5. add noodles and cook according to package directions.
6. finish wish a handful of fresh dill and season with more salt and pepper to taste.

when in doubt, add more salt. poorly seasoned chicken noodle soup tastes like dirty dishwater.

ps: for a split vegetarian household, skip the add chicken step. instead, add cooked chicken directly to the meat eater's bowl.


megan said...

Best way to use up leftover chicken ever, love doing this. Totally agree about the dirty dishwater business... I also like to drizzle some infused olive oil on top the soup right before serving - basil, garlic, chili, lemon, dill.

Susan said...

oh bummer...hate lingering sickness...this looks amazing and I could use this right now!

Sherry said...

I'm guessing everyone has been giving you advice on how to beat your cold. So, if you don't find, can I share my two cents? Whenever my husband and I get a sinus infection, this is what we now turn to, Simply Saline Adult Nasal Mist, it costs seven bucks and it's amazing. I'd do it in the morning, after work and before bed. Also a great throat coat at night is the old apple cider vinegar and honey trick. Hope you feel better soon!

rebecca said...

i love your two cents! thank you.

Anonymous said...

It just so happens I was visiting NYC this week and saw Ed talking on his cell phone walking down 6th Avenue near 44th. At first I thought he was a movie star or someone on TV. Then I realized, he is Rebecca from the daily muse's husband!

PS He looked good to me - not sick in the least! ;)

Anonymous said...


And your soup looks delicious!!

rebecca said...

hope you had fun in nyc! AND... hilarious. :)

Yael Ashtari said...

any tips about leftover soup & keeping the pasta it's just-cooked size? the noodles/alphabets/orzo, etc, etc. just seem to keep growing! i thought my great grandmother had a tip but can't remember.

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