September 30, 2010 2 Comments
I spent a very fun weekend in Texas and if I thought I could replicate the yummy bbq from Salt Lick, I’d do it post-haste. Unfortunately I was too busy debating whether it would be appropriate to move to Austin just for ribs (people have moved for sillier reasons, right?) and didn’t pay enough attention to how the deliciousness was made, so you’ll have to trust me on this one or make a trip down there.
I was lucky enough to bring back some very style-y cowboy boots, but also seemed to have brought back a bit of a cold that wasn’t enough to knock me out completely, but just enough to annoy me and curse the coughing lady next to me on the plane. Normally when I have a cold I crave tuna (don’t ask, because I really can’t explain it), but the stuffy nose and scratchy throat were crying out for chicken noodle soup. Now, I’m a Campbell’s girl all the way when it comes to these things.
When you’re sick, fancy soups can’t beat the comfort found in that red and white can. Whenever I was home from school with a cold (or more likely strep throat which I got ALL THE TIME), my mom would tuck me under the covers on the sofa so I could watch tv, surround me with my favorite stuffed animals and heat up that condensed chicken noodle goodness. Other soups she’d make from scratch, but for some reason every mom knows that few things can beat Campbell’s in a pinch.
Admittedly, making it for myself is not as comforting, but it did make me feel better. As I sat on the sofa watching terrible television (where’s a good Lifetime movie when you need it??), I started thinking whether I could make my own version. Why I feel the need to try to recreate foods that are perfectly fine already is a question I ask myself repeatedly, but what else would I write about if I didn’t?
Also, I’m sure there are many grandmothers out there who have a tried and true chicken noodle soup recipe that would put my efforts to shame–one that involves boiling chickens and making stock and chopping vegetables–but when you’re sick and in need of food, that’s the kind of energy you just don’t have (if any of you would like to let me borrow your grandmother next time I have the sniffles, holla!).
I basically roasted some chicken breasts, cooked up some pasta and threw it all into my Le Creuset to simmer with onions, carrots and broth. As someone who really believes in the stirring and watching and checking, this couldn’t have been easier and–surprisingly–tastier. No, I really didn’t think it would all come together (I rarely, if ever, cook anything without a recipe), but it did and in about 45 minutes (roasting the chicken took about 40 minutes, in which time you could put everything else together).
So while I can’t say I’ll forsake Campbell’s next time I’m sick, this is a hearty substitute when condensed versions just aren’t cutting it. Let’s hope I make it through winter without any need for either (knock on wood)…
Chicken Noodle Soup
- 2 large chicken breasts, roasted (or baked) and chopped into bite size pieces
- 1 medium sized onion, diced
- 2 cups frozen crinkle cut carrots
- 3 14.5 ounce cans of chicken broth
- 1 box bowtie pasta
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
While chicken is roasting (about 15 minutes before it’s done), heat olive oil in stock pan and add onion, sautéing until tender. Add chicken broth and carrots, bring to a boil and then reduce heat so it’s simmering.
In separate pot, cook pasta according to package directions, but undercook by about 2 minutes (I originally thought of cooking the pasta in the chicken broth, but didn’t have enough broth to cover all of the pasta. I think it might work. Try it and let me know!).
Add chopped chicken to broth, then drain and add pasta (it will finish cooking in the broth). Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot (and preferably with a good movie).