Wednesday, March 24, 2010

simply tasty: chicken noodle soup

for the last week and a half, i have been sick.  sick to the extent that my life has existed of eating, sleeping and working and little else.  i cannot even remember the last time i have been feeling this low.

in His grace, God has provided a great husband who has been helping to take care of me.  on sunday, he made me a big pot of delicious chicken noodle soup.  yum!

chicken noodle soup not only feels good to the body when you are sick, but research also supports the idea that chicken noodle soup may have anti-inflammatory properties, help people sleep better and help a sick person stay hydrated.

besides helping you to feel better when you are sick, i posted some of the other benefits of soup here, which includes the fact that soup is easy to make in large batches (to be frozen for future use), very inexpensive and full of nutritious ingredients.

here is the recipe that i use when making chicken noodle soup:

2 large chicken breasts
1 brown onion, diced
3 carrots,sliced
3 celery stalks, sliced
2 cloves of garlic, pressed or minced
1 T salt
1/2 T pepper
pinch of saffron (optional- this is just for coloring)
1-2 cups of egg noodles (you can also substitute any kind of pasta you have on hand)

add chicken breasts, 8 cups of water, and spices to a large soup pot.  bring to a boil, and cook for 15 minutes. (in the meantime, you can chop the veggies).

when chicken is cooked through, remove it and add the veggies to the water in the soup pot.  simmer the veggies for about 20 minutes.  allow chicken to cool on a cutting board for a few minutes, then chop it into bite-sized pieces, and return it to the pot to simmer with the veggies.

after the vegetables are cooked, add 1-2 cups of egg noodles, depending on how noodle-y you like your soup.  note that the noodles will absorb water and get MUCH bigger.  simmer 10 more minutes (or until the noodles are done).  remove from heat, serve and enjoy!

chicken noodle soup is especially delicious with homemade egg noodles, if you are feeling adventurous.

my favorite way to eat chicken noodle soup is to serve it with peanut butter toast or peanut butter celery.  what do you enjoy with your chicken noodle soup?

1 comment:

  1. Sarah- what is going on that you have been sick this long? I hope you feel better soon!