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Whatever Chicken Soup

on August 15, 2013

Whatever Chicken Soup

whatever chicken soupThis past week has been a very sickly one. My son recently turned one, and at his yearly checkup we found out that he had the start of an ear infection. This is his first ear infection, and I am hoping the last one, though it likely won’t be. Since I’m a first time mommy and never experienced an ear infection before, I did some research and found out that not only would my little man have a sore ear but symptoms of a cold to boot. As the week went on my son was complacent staying with his grandparents instead of going to daycare (read: spoiled), and even starts to feel a bit better just as we all start to come down with the common cold. Everyone knows the tell-tale signs: achy body, cough, sore throat, and sinuses all congested. Returning to work after the weekend I almost regretted all the love and hugs and kisses I gave to my little boy. Almost… He is my world, after all!

Sitting at my desk thinking of ways to feel better and buck this awful summertime cold, childhood memories of my dad begin to well up. When I was little—actually, even as an adult–my dad would make his homemade chicken noodle soup to help me feel better. I called this soup “Whatever soup”. My dad is an extremely resourceful cook, and he would find odds and ends in the pantry, leftovers in the refrigerator, and whatever else he could scrounge up and he was able to whip up a tasty soup. Sometimes he would add barley to give a little the concoction a little extra rib-sticking consistency. You can also substitute the red pepper flakes with cayenne. The recipe calls for canned chicken in water, but you can use boiled chicken breast if preferred. Like I said before, my dad would grab whatever is in the pantry to make this soup.

Well I hope you enjoy this soup as much as I do. It does always seems to make me feel a million times better!

Whatever Soup Recipe

1 Yellow Onion chopped 3 Stalks of Celery chopped 4 Cloves of Garlic thinly chopped 8 Chicken Bouillon cubes crumbled 1 Bay Leaf 1 Tablespoon of Basil 1 Tablespoon of Thyme 1 Teaspoon of Red Pepper flakes 2 Cups of Frozen Vegetables 2 Large Chicken Breast / 1-2 Can of Chicken in Water 1 Tablespoon of Butter

Pasta (spaghetti, fettuccine, egg noodles) 10 Cups of Water Olive Oil


1. Grab a medium size pot, cover the bottom of the pot with olive oil, and add the onion, celery garlic, chicken bouillon cubes crushed, bay leaf, basil, thyme, red pepper flakes, and mix all together.

2. Add the frozen vegetables, chicken breast/canned chicken. Turn the pot on high heat and cook until the chicken is almost done and the onions are translucent.  Add water and butter (the butter binds everything together) let it cook for about 45 minutes or until vegetables are almost cooked. Taste the broth to make sure it’s seasoned to taste. If not add another bouillon cube or a dash of whatever it takes to get it there for you.

3. Add pasta and cook until it’s tender. Serve with crackers or toast. Enjoy!


4 responses to “Whatever Chicken Soup

  1. Mayra says:

    Looks yummy 🙂

  2. seefancylove says:

    Looks really good, soup is always nice when you’re sick. Hope your little one feels better!

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