California sure loves to switch its weather from hot to cold, then to really hot, and then really cold…. Which usually means that a lot of people are starting to catch colds and get sick. My mom ALWAYS made me homemade chicken soup whenever I was sick, and so now anytime my boyfriend or I get a cold, I feel the strong need to make chicken soup in order to get better.
Does chicken soup really have remarkable sick-healing powers? I do not know for sure, but it could. It is really good for you anyway.
So please enjoy my chicken soup recipe and I hope it can heal you if you catch the sickness.
Now I cook most things without measuring anything at all. I have been told that it is the Italian way of cooking, to just eyeball everything and throw in anything that will taste good. So bear with me here, follow my basic recipe and don’t be afraid to be adventurous and add the ingredient amounts to your taste!
Chicken Soup from Scratch!
Serves two with leftovers for a day or two
- 4 Chicken thighs
- 2 Large carrots
- 2 Potatoes
- 1 Yellow onion
- 2-3 celery stalks
- 4-5 garlic cloves
- Pasta or rice
- Fresh parsley
- salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, celery seed, oregano, basil, bay leaf
Throw the chicken pieces into a big pot of water (just enough water to completely cover the chicken).
Throw some seasonings of your choice in the pot, as well as about 2 cloves of garlic. Boil this for about 20-25 minutes.
Meanwhile, start chopping up your veggies (as pictured below)
Once the chicken is done, remove the pieces from the pot, set aside, and then add your veggies and pasta. I usually add none or a little bit of pasta, something like wheel shapes or shells.
Simmer the soup for about 20 more minutes. Add more seasonings and more water if you need to.
Meanwhile remove the chicken from the bones, and when the veggies in the pot are soft, add the pieces of chicken back to the pot (without the bones of course!).
Simmer for about 5 more minutes, make sure to remove the bay leaf, then serve it up!! Top it off with some parmesan cheese, and kick that sickness out!
Chicken soup is very flexible with its ingredients. Try adding different ingredients like peas, squash, red potatoes, or broccoli. The possibilities are ENDLESS!!