No noodles needed…
If you’re desperate for noodles, though, don’t forget about spiralized zucchini or sweet potato.
Or add noodles! I judge not, lest I be judged!
This soup starts with a whole chicken, but you can use pieces if you’d like. We’re making the broth and all, folks. So this is a great recipe for a Saturday morning, when you want your house to smell like your grandma’s.
Well, definitely my grandma’s. My Grandma Frances (my middle namesake), and her chicken ‘n dumplins, will forever be etched in my “smell” memory.
I woke up with the beginnings of a cold yesterday, and this soup, along with lots of green tea and water, kicked that cold’s BUTT in one day! Just a little stuffy this morning, that’s all.
You all know that you can kill a cold before it starts, right?
The first step is admitting you might be getting a cold. Being strong and ignoring is NOT THE ANSWER. Baby it from the first sniffle, and there won’t even be a second sniffle ~ 9 times out of 10. Just try it next time…
I preach. I preach too much.
Here’s that glorious chicken soup recipe!!!
Healing Chicken Soup.
Start by making the broth. Put the following in a large stock pot and cover with cold water.
- 1 whole chicken or pieces
- 2 tbsp black peppercorns
- 1-2 tbsp kosher salt
- 1-2 inches fresh ginger sliced
- 2-3 cloves garlic smashed with a knife
Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium, cover, and let cook for an hour.
Skim the top layer of fat and sediment off with a large spoon, pull out the chicken and let it cool on a platter, and strain the broth with a fine mesh sieve.
Return the broth to the (cleaned) stock pot. Now you're ready to make the soup.
Chop and drop your favorite vegetables. Here are mine!
- 2-3 large carrots I like large chunks
- 4-5 stalks celery
- 2 medium sweet yellow onions or one large
- salt and pepper to taste