Saturday, 21 November 2009

Emergency Chicken Noodle Soup

It’s that time of year again - the time when colds and flu strike and make folks feel really awful, just when they want to be enjoying themselves. The other day my son came home from college full of cold and feeling really terrible. All he wanted was a nice hot bowl of soup. The only problem was my favourite soup recipe takes rather a long time to make. I got to thinking that there had to be an easier and quicker way to a hot and comforting bowl of soup - and luckily, I was right. I just started with some chicken stock and went from there. Slicing the scallions thinly and grating the carrot means it all cooks up in no time.

Sadly that time I had no cooked chicken in the fridge, but the soup still tasted really good without it. I thought how it would be even better if you did happen to have some though and so the other day I had another go at making this easy recipe. It only takes about fifteen minutes, and can make you look like a domestic goddess any day! Actually, this would be a great way to use up some of the leftover Thanksgiving turkey. You could freeze small portions of turkey ready to defrost in the microwave - ready for any emergency that might be helped by a lovely, hot bowl of soup.

By the way, emergency soup for vegetarians is just as easy; simply replace the chicken stock with vegetable stock and leave out the chicken. It's still a lovely warm and comforting treat.

To make Emergency Soup for one person you need:

8 to 12 ounces of chicken stock (made from cubes or packaged is fine)
1 “nest” of Chinese egg noodles
3 or 4 scallions (spring onions), very thinly sliced
half of a carrot, peeled and grated
1/2 cooked chicken breast, shredded or finely chopped

Heat the stock on the stove over low to medium heat. Add the scallions and grated carrot. Put a lid on the pan and simmer for about ten minutes.

Meanwhile, cook the noodles according to package directions. When they are ready, drain them and add to the vegetables and stock. Add the chicken (or turkey). Heat through and serve.

Instant comfort - whether you have a cold or not!!