Winter is here and often with it comes a
nasty string of colds, flus and so forth. Chicken soup has
been a home remedy for colds and the flu for hundreds of years.
Chicken soup was even prescribed as a healing food in the
17th century for the flu and asthma symptoms. Since
then it has become the most famous of all healing foods. So
what makes chicken soup so powerful when it comes to healing
the body? Several theories suggest that the soups steam
helps alleviate congestion. Pepper and garlic, both common
ingredients for chicken soup, have their own healing properties
when it comes to relieving congestion. Research also shows
that chicken soup has anti-inflammatory properties. It prevents
infection fighting white blood cells from causing inflammation
(a common causes of cold and flu symptoms), but it doesnt
interfere with the healing properties of the white blood cells.
Scientists are not sure which ingredient is responsible for
these health effects though it is thought that the vegetables
in the soup are to thank.
Its hard also to dispute the fact
that chicken soup also soothes the mind and soul. Nothing
feels better and more comforting than sipping a delicious
bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup.
Below you will find a recipe for homemade
chicken noodle soup guaranteed to sooth your aches and pains
or perhaps just to sooth your mind and soul!
Old Fashioned Chicken Noodle Soup
- 16 cups gf Chicken
- 1 3-1/2 lb. chicken
- 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
- 3 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 celery stalks, sliced
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 Tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
- 2 Tablespoons fresh Italian parsley,
- 2-1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped
- 8 ounces gf shell pasta
- Lemon juice to taste
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Combine the chicken broth and chicken in
a heavy large pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and
simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 30-40 minutes.
Using tongs, transfer the chicken to a large bowl. When chicken
is cool enough to handle, discard the skin and bones and cut
the meat into bite-size pieces. Set aside. Spoon the fat off
the top of the chicken broth. Return the broth to a simmer.
Add the onion, carrots, celery and bay leaf. Simmer until
the vegetables are softened, about 15 minutes. Add the noodles,
rosemary, parsley, thyme and chicken to the pot. Simmer until
the noodles are tender, about 8 minutes. Adjust seasonings
to taste with salt, freshly ground black pepper and fresh
If you are looking at branching out and
would like to try some other delicious chicken soups weve
got many other heart-warming soups to try:
& Rice Soup
Corn & Pasta Soup
Soup with Orzo
& White Chicken Soup
Since we are on the subject of chicken soups,
we have received requests for a Cream of Chicken Soup from
our customers. This month we would like to share our recipe
of Chicken Soup perfect for casseroles and other
family favorite dishes.
Stay warm & healthy this winter with
a good bowl of chicken soup from Glutenfreeda.com!