everyone’s sick! make chicken soup!

18 May

Ack!  Everyone is sick in the house (except for me) so I’m making some potent health-healing soup to help the boys combat their sicknesses!  With the long weekend trip coming up, we can’t have anyone sick on the long drive!  I’m not sure why chicken noodle soup always makes people feel better, maybe because it feels nice and warm in your belly, taste good and is chock full of vitamins and nutrients.

Here’s my recipe to cure the sick!  Make a huge pot and make them eat it for a few days!

What you need!
1/2 roasted chicken
2 red potatos
6 stalks of celery
4 medium carrots
1 medium yellow onion
1 whole garlic
2 tree-ripened tomatos
2 cups of cooked small pasta
1 box of chicken stock
water
handful of basil
olive oil
salt
pepper

What to do!

1.  First off, cook your pasta in some boiling water.  Take it out when it’s al dente and give it a good rinse to get all the starch out.  Set it aside.  Prepare all your veggies.  Yes!  There is a WHOLE garlic bulb in this soup…it really helps when you’re sick…trust me.  Smash your garlic cloves and remove the skin.  Dice up your onions and chop all your veggies.  I tend to keep my veggies pretty small as it’s easier for your weak sicklings to chew and swallow.

2.  Take a big stock pot on medium heat and drizzle some olive oil on the bottom.  Add your garlic and onions and sautee until brown.

3. Next add in your hard vegetables (carrots and potatos), stir around and cook for a few minutes and then add the celery.

4. Add the chicken stock and enough water to cover the veggies.  Turn the heat up to high so it can come up to a boil and then turn it down to a simmer.

5.  That’s right kids, I never roast a chicken myself…I always buy the store roasted kind!  Why?  It’s pretty much the same if not cheaper than buying a raw chicken, with the benefit that everything is done for you!  Plus it cuts down the time in making chicken soup.  I tore off pieces of bite sized meat and added it to the pot.  Half a chicken in the pot and half a chicken for another recipe tomorrow!

6. You can now let your soup simmer for as long as you like.  The more you simmer it, the more the broth starts taking on the flavours of the veggies and chicken.  When you’ve decided it’s time to serve the soup, add in the tomatoes and basil last minute so they maintain their freshness.  Salt and pepper to taste and good luck with tending your sickies!

Approx Costs:

chicken – $4.50
stock – $2.00
veggies – $4.00

Total $10.50 for 6 servings or $1.75 per person

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