Chicken Soup for the Cold

Starve a fever, feed a cold, an adage that has been around for many years! What better way to feed a cold than a warm bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup.

Although there are no scientific facts that chicken soup helps cure a common cold, it does provide energy, hydration, and comfort.

A mom with two teens that recently both had a terrible head cold, I quickly whipped up a huge pot of chicken soup. I paired it nicely with a sleeve of saltine crackers and a huge orange juice, and they were happy little campers for a bit. The warmth drained their sinuses and soothed their throats. Old school remedies 101.

Grab your Dutch Oven or Favorite Soup Pot and start cooking.

10 cups water

2 tbsp Better Than Bouillon Base

2 large boneless chicken breasts

2 bay leaves

2 tbsp garlic paste (tube found in fresh produce isle near fresh herbs)

4 carrots peeled and cut in 4's

4 stalks of celery cut in 4's

1 small onion cut in half

  1. Put all the top ingredients in the pot, cover, and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
  2. After 1 1/2 hours - remove carrots, celery, and chicken and put on a baking sheet to cool.
  3. Once cooled - chop up carrots, celery and shred chicken and put back in pot of chicken stock. (Optional: chop onion - my kids do not like onion so I just used for flavor when simmering)

2 cups pasta

1 tsp garlic salt

1 tsp pepper

1 tbsp dried parsley

  1. Return soup to a low boil and add pasta, garlic salt, pepper and dried parsley. Stir
  2. Let simmer on medium until pasta in al dente. Do not over cook or pasta will be mushy.
  3. Season with more spices if need be and serve hot.