Ugh. It is cold and flu season. Joey came home from college to celebrate the holidays and the 3rd day in, he came down with a nasty cold. Full on coughing sneezing, snotty head. It was awful. The kid could barely function for a few days. The first things he asked for… homemade chicken noodle soup and Advil Cold and Sinus.
There are magical properties in chicken noodle soup. It’s not just because it is comfort food. It actually helps make you feel better. It warms you on the inside and reminds you of being a kid, but chicken soup actually helps clear mucus and make you feel better. Now of course, no one wants to think of gross things like that when they are eating.
While chicken soup does make you feel better and help clear your head, it isn’t actually magic. And it doesn’t do it all. That is where Advil Cold and Sinus comes in. It kicks the stuffy head and snotty nose right out of you. And the Advil in it is a pain reliever so it helps with the aches and pains and headaches.
So whether you have a cold, or have someone in the family with a cold, or are like me, and just LOVE soup, here is my recipe for chicken noodle soup. It is a crowd pleaser. Everyone in the house eats it up and asks for more.
3 cups chicken broth
1 cup onion
1 cup diced carrots
1 celery stalk
1 parsnip (You can sub a potato for this but parsnips at a great flavor)
2 chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
2 cups egg noodles
1 teaspoon rosemary
1 teaspoon thyme
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon oil
Chop the veggies.
In a large soup pot, add the oil and veggies and saute.
As the veggies start to soften, add in the chicken stock. Add in the seasonings and let simmer for about 10 minutes.
Add in the chicken. Boil the soup until the chicken is done.
When the chicken is cooked through, add in the egg noodles. Cook until al dente.
This soup can be made in about 40 minutes or you can let it simmer all day. Just do not add the noodles until the end. The noodles will get to be mush if simmered all day.
I love to serve my soup with bread. It is just one of those things. This soup taste amazing the next day as the flavors meld together even more. The noodles do tend to suck up the broth so you might want to have extra broth on hand, just in case, for the next day.
So the next time you are fighting a cold or flu, whip up a batch of homemade chicken noodle soup, take some Advil Cold and Sinus and have a Netflix and Chill kind of day.