Often dubbed as "Jewish Penicillin" Grandma's chicken noodle soup is the cure for all that ails. I am not really sure if there is any real medicinal purposes for it, but there has been research to show that chicken soup really is good for a cold. It might just be psychosomatic, in that there is something about having a steaming bowl of this comforting soup when you are sick that just makes you feel better (the steam will surely help clear your stuffy nose.)
My mother always made me chicken soup when I was sick (and at 84 years old she still does), and so do I when someone in my family isn't feeling well. My daughter Jessy has been really sick and just came home from school for a long weekend to rest and try to get better and that is the first thing she requested when she got home. With cold and flu season upon us I thought it would be a good time get some things on hand to whip up a pot of comfort.
I don't usually use a recipe to make chicken noodle soup, it is pretty easy to make but I thought I would jot it down for those who have never made a pot of this healing soup.
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
2 large chicken breast cooked and cut up
olive oil or butter
1/2 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup copped carrots
8 cups chicken broth (I make mine out of water and chicken base paste)
1/2 bag medium egg noodles (8 oz.)
Salt & pepper to taste
Directions: Cook and cut up chicken and set aside. In large pot on stove, saute onions, celery and carrots in a little olive oil or butter until vegetables are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add chicken broth, parsley and chicken to vegetables and bring to a boil. Add egg noodles and cook until tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Why not stir up a batch next time you, or someone in your family is under the weather... chicken soup really is good for the soul!