Thursday, August 21, 2008

Ghetto Chicken Soup for the Flu

I came up with this probably about 10 years ago when I was sick and desperate for chicken soup, but in no way was I going to the grocery store and making stock from scratch. I even made it for my mom once (who was a nonbeliever until she had it) and she gulped down two bowls because, in fact, it's the best thing ever when you're sick.

I don't know about you, but when I'm sick I absolutely need two things:

1. Orange juice
2. Salt

In a perfect world, I'd expand that list to include either sizzling rice soup or Vietnamese beef pho, but I can't get a decent bowl of either where we live so I'm keeping the list nice and basic.

So, here's what you do (and I swear on everything that is holy it'll cure anything) ... oh and I won't really give exact amounts because I don't know how much you're making here, but the keys are it needs to be salty, peppery and broth-y -- don't load it up with too much stuff.

Bring some water to a boil and add a lot of that yummy Mexican chicken boullion. Like a tablespoon more than what it says to add. Yes, I know it's all salt, sugar and msg, but it's delicious and you know it.

Also, if you are smart (and like drinking micheladas ) you probably have some Maggi Seasoning in your cupboard. Add a few shakes of that to the soup, too. If you don't have Maggi, I feel sorry for you, but don't worry about it this time - just get some before you get sick again.

Trust me.

Add to that some diced carrot (very important that it's diced - the texture is key), a few stalks of sliced celery and a chopped onion.

Boil together with lots of black pepper and a bay leaf for about 15 - 20 minutes.

Add about 1/3 cup of macaroni noodles and boil until they're all soft, about 10 minutes.

Now you can let it sit at this point so the noodles get all mushy (that's the best, to me) or eat it right away.

But the key is -- it has to be salty and it has to be peppery. That's it. Add salt if it needs it, but definitely add pepper to the bowl. And -- for full effectiveness -- it must be served in a huge bowl. Sometimes with buttered Saltine crackers.

I swear it's the best thing ever when sick.

And I think I'm about to go have a bowl right now.

1 comment:

Annie said...

mmm, comfort food! Why can't I be craving fruit and veggies instead of, oh, let's see, pancakes, grilled cheese sammies, any carb with butter or a processed cheese product on it...