Chicken noodle soup for a cold

March 13, 2012 § 2 Comments

Homemade chicken soup really does seem to help when you’re sick.  I’m not sure if the broth actually has restorative properties, or if it’s just that when someone does something nice for you, it helps you feel better.  When someone’s sick, I make them chicken soup loaded with vegetables.  I use less seasonings than usual, and I always, always, always serve the soup with noodles.  Rather than cooking the noodles in the broth, I cook them separately, and place the pasta into each bowl.  Then I ladle over the soup.  This keeps the noodles from becoming starchy.

Eye appeal is also important, so I’m careful to cook the vegetables only as long as needed, allowing them to retain their beautiful colors.  I also like to add a handful of fresh or frozen spinach toward the end of the cooking, since this brightens the dish, making it more appealing for the diner.

Chicken noodle soup

2 chicken breasts

1 cup dry white wine

6 cups chicken broth

1-2 cups water

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon Herbs de Provence

2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced

1/4 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup chopped red pepper

1 cup cherry tomatoes, each cut in half

1/4 cup Edamame

1/4 cup corn

1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach

juice of half a lemon

salt and pepper

4 cups hot cooked noodles

Place the chicken in a large saucepan or dutch oven with the wine, chicken broth, water, bay leaf, Herbs de Provence, garlic, onion, and red pepper.  Poach the chicken until it is cooked through, about 35 minutes.  Remove the chicken from the pan, and set aside to cool.  Meanwhile, lower the heat on the broth and add the cherry tomatoes, Edamame, and corn.  Cook for about 15 minutes.  Remove the skin and bones from the chicken, and cut the meat into small cubes; add chicken meat to the broth, along with the frozen chopped spinach and lemon.  Cook until the chicken is hot and the spinach is wilted.  Adjust seasonings, adding salt and pepper to taste.  Serve over hot cooked noodles.

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§ 2 Responses to Chicken noodle soup for a cold

  • pusspudding says:

    For a moment I thought you used cheese in your soup – had to look on the for “Edamame” – soybeans. Never heard of – on the other hand there is lots I never heard of.
    Don’t think it’s so much the Chicken Soup that make you feel better – it’s the ingredients in the soup that make you sweat. Just like my orange fish soup. If you have a cold – you feel much better, very quickly !
    This soup good for a “lonely diner” *smile

    • Libby says:

      I just happened to have some frozen Edamame on hand. They look a little like peas, but are more mild-tasting. They are also very full of nutrients.

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