A few weeks ago I succumbed to the cold that has been going around, along with many others in my office. I went two years without being sick. Two years! The change in the weather from cold to hot and some sleepless nights did me in.
I actually wanted to get sick, at least I wanted the opportunity to stay home from work. The irony is after two years, I only stayed home for two hours during this cold.
While most of us buy canned soup or beg a friend to make soup for us, a friend of mine recommended that I make my own chicken noodle soup. The first week I couldn’t even imagine expending the energy to cook, but the following weekend I found it in me to make homemade chicken noodle soup for the first time. (I forgot the noodles and made them separately to add).
My roommate has the 2009 Food & Wine annual cookbook where I found a great recipe for Classic Chicken Noodle Soup (slightly adapted here)
- One 3-5 pound chicken, neck reserved
- Water to cover the chicken
- 2-3 carrots- coarsely chopped
- 2-3 celery ribs- coarsely chopped
- 1 unpeeled yellow onion, quartered
- 1 large unpeeled garlic clove, smashed
- 1 tsp whole black peppercorns or crushed pepper
- 3-4 thyme sprigs, leaves removed
- handful of Italian parsley, torn into pieces
- In a large pot, combine the chicken and neck, water to cover the chicken (as much as the pan allows), chopped carrots, celery, onion, garlic, pepper, and thyme. Bring to a boil. Cover partially and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes, turning the bird once if needed.
- Transfer the chicken to a cutting board. Discard the skin and pull the meat off the bones, tearing into 1/2 inch pieces and refrigerate.
- Return the bones to the pot and simmer for about 1 hour. Remove the bones and the onion/garlic peels and discard. Remove the carrots, celery, onion, and garlic clove and set aside. Strain the broth into a bowl.
- Return the broth to the pot and boil until reduced to 8 cups, 30 minutes. Season with salt.
- Add the chicken, vegetables, and parsley to the pot and bring to a simmer.
What to you eat when you’re sick?