Magical Chicken Noodle Soup
Legend says that this soup has magical healing powers… just kidding, it’s actually science. As the mother of three school-age children, I’ve had my fair share of running a small sick ward from my home. A few years ago, I researched some of the best natural ingredients to combat a cold and came up with my own special twist on this classic comfort food. Since then, it’s been a consistent request from ailing family members and friends.
2 C cooked chicken*
3 zucchini, chopped into cubes
1 large yellow squash, chopped into cubes
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 C carrots, chopped (I use baby carrots)
2 tsp garlic
3 Tb butter
1 C chopped kale
2 tsp thyme
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp marjoram
1/4 C lemon juice
6 C chicken stock
8 oz egg noodles, pre-cooked
Salt & pepper, to taste
* With your chicken, you can do this several different ways. My personal favorite is using leftover rotisserie chicken. You could use grilled chicken, boiled chicken, etc. It’s really up to you. Just make sure you cook this separately beforehand.
First, melt your butter in a large pot on medium heat. Throw in your onion and garlic. Sauté until golden brown. Add your chicken stock, lemon juice, and herbs. Let it simmer while you chop your other ingredients. (Remember, your broth is the most important part of your soup!)
Side Note: I like to use fresh herbs whenever I can. The flavor is much better and you get the full nutrients from them. Go fresh whenever possible!
Once all of your veggies are chopped, add those to the brother and simmer for a good hour. (You won’t add your chicken, kale, or noodles until the very last.) While your vegetables and broth are simmering, this would be a good time to get your noodles and chicken ready. I used egg noodles for this recipe, but you could use any pasta that’s chunky. Some people might opt for gluten-free noodles or no noodles at all.
As soon as your veggies are nice and soft, turn off the heat and add your chicken & kale. Add the noodles separately to the bowl and pour the soup over them. This will prevent them from getting soggy or mushy, especially if you have leftovers. (Always keep your noodles separate until you’re ready to eat.) Enjoy with some hot tea to chase that cold away!