Well, I’m home sick from work today. (Actually, I went in for a few hours, then came home). Right now I have a BIG pot of homemade chicken soup cooking up right now, filling the house with it’s yummy goodness smell. I plan on feasting on this soup later this afternoon, reveling in it’s delicious flavor and steamy aroma.
What do YOU like to eat when you’re sick?
PS, if you don’t know how to make homemade chicken noodle soup, it’s really easy. Here’s my BASIC recipe. It sounds like a lot of work, but it’s really not.
2-3 lbs of BONE IN chicken pieces (like those thigh/leg pieces. I’m using three of those today)
In a LARGE pot, combine the following:
-10 cups of water (I make a lot)
-onion (just cut in quarters)
-garlic (peeled and smushed with the back of a knife)
-scallions (cut into large pieces)
-three stalks of celery- including leafy tops (if you have 'em) cut into thirds
-some carrots (If you got the peeled baby carrots, about 8. If you have big, unpeeled carrots, two- cut in thirds. You don’t have to peel them)
Bring this whole bunch of stuff to a boil, then simmer for a few hours (chicken is done when it is no longer pink in the middle and is at least 165 degrees). Take chicken out and cool. (you can put it in the fridge) Run broth through a collander to get all the veggies out and discard. Remove chicken from bones.
Return chicken to broth, add some sliced carrots (bite sized), sliced celery, and very finely chopped scallion tops.(green part). Bring to a boil, then cook at medium heat for about 15 minutes. Add 1tsp poultry seasoning. Simmer for a few more minutes, then serve! Salt and pepper, if desired.
IF YOU WANT NOODLES, I recommend cooking them separately, as they get all bloated and mushy if they sit in the broth long.