Something’s going around the Rice household this week. First my daughter was home from daycare with the sniffles and a fever and now my husband and I are starting to feel it. And even though there’s not much a parent can do to shorten the length of her family’s illness, I’m a “do-er” when it comes to things like this, so I have to try!
Chicken noodle soup, regardless of whether it genuinely shortens the length of a cold (some research suggests that it does) sure is comforting in times like this! I like to keep it classic and simple: Broth, veggies, spices and shredded chicken (which I make nearly ever week and often have stocked in the freezer). Simmer, then add noodles and boom, homemade chicken noodle soup for everybody.
As an added bonus, simmering carrots and celery this way makes veggies that are otherwise difficult for little toddler mouths to chew nice and soft. I strain the noodles/chicken/veggies out of the broth and give it to my daughter with a fork. She’s not too keen on new foods these days, but once I told her it was pasta she gave it a try!
And although I’ve made plenty of homemade chicken stock in my day, I haven’t attempted it recently with the craziness of being pregnant and having a toddler running around. Instead, I just keep high-quality chicken stock on hand. My favorite is Better than Boullion’s chicken flavor because it’s concentrated and doesn’t take up much room in my tiny kitchen cabinets!
Do you have a go-to meal for when your family is sick?
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Simple Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cups chopped baby carrots
- 2 cups chopped celery
- 1 medium onion sliced
- 6 cups chicken stock
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tbsp dried herb blend such as herbes de Provence
- 1 1/2 cups cooked shredded chicken
- 2 cups dried egg noodles
- Cracked black pepper
Heat olive oil in a large stockpot.
Add carrots, celery, onions and garlic and sautee lightly for 2-3 minutes.
Add stock, herbs and chicken. Cover and simmer on low for 1 hour.
Add noodles, simmer until they are done to your liking.
Serve with fresh cracked black pepper.