Well I hate to say it, but flu season is here. 🙁 We have managed to stay rather healthy for most of the summer (for toddlers that’s like amazing!). The only good thing about catching one of those nasty bugs is that you have the perfect excuse to curl up on the couch, with a good Lifetime movie, and a bowl of Classic Chicken Noodle Soup.
I made a big pot of this Classic Chicken Noodle Soup yesterday for Halloween. My parents stopped by to help hand out the candy as we walked around (in the rain) trick-or-treating with the kiddos. This soup was just what we needed to warm ourselves up after. Mmmm mmm. For the little guys I strain a lot of the broth out so it’s more like slightly soupy pasta with veggies and chicken and they gobble it up.
Griffin on the left went as a police man and Cal a “woof woof” of course. Poor little guy was rather scared this year of most of the people in masks. But, we still managed to get quite a bit of candy.
Just a few more pics of our pumpkin carving shinanigans a few days ago. These boys are just growing up way too fast. Griffin actually scraped all the goopy seeds and yucky stringy guts out of the pumpkin himself this year! Cal… well he still just tried to eat them ;).
Back to that soup…So I like to “cheat” a little bit and buy a rotisserie chicken for the soup. I use that whole chicken in there, I like to keep the chunks nice and big and hearty. I find if I use chicken breasts without skin it tends to be dry and slightly chewy even in the soup. The soup itself is quite low fat with just the broth, veggies, and little bit of oil – so I think the fattier rotisserie chicken ads a nice flavor profile that Classic Chicken Noodle Soup needs.
It’s funny a few years ago soups were rather intimidating to me. But, as I’ve started experimenting with them more I’ve realized they are one of the most versatile recipes you can work with ! I love that! Basically as far as broth soups go, you can start with any mixture of veggies, soften in a pan with a little bit of oil, always add garlic ;), add broth and meat or beans for protein and pasta or other starch if desired. I also love the leftovers from soups – perfect lunch for next few days.
My Slow Cooker White Bean and Spinach Soup is also one of my favorites for the cooler months. Soups are such an easy way to sneak in veggies and fiber and all of those antioxidants that you need to fight off these nasty bugs going around.
I also have just about perfected my Healthy Turkey Meatball Kale Soup that I am excited to share with everybody soon. Basically I only have few hours in evening to whip these posts out after the kids finally crash for the night. But, I do really enjoy it – fun little hobby for me ;). Anyways, so I’ll work on that recipe next so you guys can get your freezers stocked up with all of this delicious healthy soup!!
Why does Classic Chicken Noodle Soup Make you Feel Better?
I often wondered does chicken noodle soup actually make you feel better? Or is it all psychological? Here’s my personal Dietitian opinion on why it really does help your recover quicker or even just fight off viruses all together.
- The ingredients in the Classic Chicken Noodle Soup actually do contain immune boosting antioxidants. Onion, carrots, celery, garlic… are all great for providing antioxidants and other nutrients your body needs to fight off sicknesses.
- The soup keeps you hydrated. I know when I feel yucky the last thing I want to do is drink straight water. So eating a few bowls of soup will provide you with atleast a few cups of water as well.
- The salts and warm steam can definitely help to thin out that nasty mucous we all hate. This is probably why so many of us hold that bowl nice and close to our faces when we are feeling under the weather.
- Soup is also an easy way to get protein when you’re not feeling well to help your body fight off infections and stay healthy. I load mine up with chicken so it
Stay warm everybody and I hope you enjoy this soup! Definitely cannot go wrong with a Classic Chicken Noodle Soup once and awhile. Sometimes I get too caught up tryin new and different recipes I forget about the classics.
Classic Chicken Noodle
A perfectly classic chicken noodle soup recipe to keep around to lift your spirits.
- 3 Stalks Celery Chopped
- 3 Each Whole carrots Chopped
- 1 Medium Yellow onion Chopped
- 3 Cloves Garlic Minced
- 8 Cups Chicken broth Preferably low sodium
- 2 Cups Water
- 1/2 Tsp Oregano
- 3 Each Bay leaves
- 1/2 Tsp Black Pepper
- 2 Tbsp Fresh thyme Chopped
- 1/2 Tbsp Lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp Fresh parsley Chopped
- 12 Ounces Egg noodles
- 2 Tbsp Olive oil
- 1 Whole Rotisserie chicken Remove meat from bones, cut into chunks
Add the olive oil to a large pan (the pan you’re going to make the soup in). Turn on medium heat.
Chop the onion, celery, carrots. Add to the olive oil. Cook for ~10 minutes until softened, stirring often. Add the garlic at end for a few minutes to brown (be careful not to burn the garlic or it will taste bitter)
Add the broth, water, lemon juice, oregano, bay leaves, pepper, and thyme. Stir to combine.
Bring to a boil and cook for another ~10 minutes until veggies have full softened to your liking.
Add the chicken and noodles. Cook until the chicken is warmed through and the noodles are done. You can adjust the salt level as needed at end. If soup is too Noodly for you, feel free to add more water as desired.
As the soup sits it will continue to thicken up as the noodles absorb the fluid. I don’t mind a noodly soup, but you can always add more water or broth as desired.
I like to chop my veggies and chicken into rather hearty big pieces. Gives the soup a more homemade and comforting feel for some reason to me. But adjust the sizes as you would like!