Chicken Noodle Soup
Aaah, what’s not to love about home-made Chicken Noodle Soup? A rhetorical question? Perhaps, but I challenge anyone who says they don’t find this soup extremely comforting, nutritious and healing.
Heritage and healing
This soup falls under the heritage, and comfort section of any recipe book. In addition, a great chicken noodle soup recipe is often a recipe passed down from none-other than Mom. This soup in particular is a power-house of goodness. I know my mom has been making chicken noodle for decades. I’m certain this was a recipe that my Nonna used to make quite often. As Italians back in the day were thrifty cooks. They cooked with the ingredients they had readily fresh from the garden, or perhpas left over from a previous meal. A classic winter meal in my family, as I often relate this meal to winter or after Thanksgiving. As it was quite usual that my mom would fill her large stock pot with the left-over bones, skin and parts from the turkey and begin to make her big pot of soup! It was delicious, and memorable!
Since the 12th Century, soups have been given as a prescription to aid in and ease the reduction of the common cold. Symptoms such as congestion and fever were said to be eased. Down to speeding up the recovery process during the flu. Modern medicine has even conducted several surveys to actually challenge this claim-thus concluding that yes, it actually does have a positive effect on the body during the process of fighting illness.
So, Grandma was right. Eat your chicken noodle soup when you are feeling under the weather. Get plenty of rest, and keep yourself hydrated with warm liquids. But as the research shows, it’s no fluke that soup heals. The reason for that, is because it’s quite normal for soups to be packed with vegetables! Yes folks, vegetables are a power-house of nutrition and the more you eat, naturally the better you feel. So, take this post as a lesson or perhaps a reminder to eat your daily veg, and drink/eat your soup during the cold winter months to keep your body warm and strong.
Chicken Noodle Soup
- 1 whole celery root peeled and diced, or cubed
- 4 to 6 whole carrots peeled, halved, then quarted and cut into cubes
- 1 large onion diced
- 2 to 3 knobs ginger peeled and cut or shredded
- 1 to 2 cloves garlic pressed
- 6 cups water
- 1 pinch salt and pepper
- 1 to 2 pieces chicken leg/thigh combo, or a breast, or entire chicken
- 1 bundle herbs combine rosemary, sage, and oregano
- 1/4 lb pasta noodles, or whichever type you desire
- get your veg. ingredients, clean, cut and add into your large stock pot
- add water & chicken and begin to cook on high heat until mixture comes to a boil. Turn the heat to a simmer, cover and let cook for as long as you can-this is where the flavor maximizes here. When cooked, if you need to take the chicken pieces out to de-bone, then do so, or if you’ve cooked a boneless piece, it should be ready to serve. Serve along with a nice fresh roll, or farmer style bread.