‘Tis the season to be…well…ill. Along with the cozy change of weather comes an army of viruses, flus, allergies, and even just your run-of-the-mill common winter cold, all ready to hold you down for the count. – Add in an elevated schedule/stress level, more naughty eating, less sleep (all of which equal a compromised immune system), and you’ve got the recipe to be under the weather at least once this season!
Oh, and can I add in one quick soapbox rant/pet-peeve/PSA before I share my recipe?? Most of these illnesses we catch from each other. So please, for the love-of-all-that’s-Holy stay. home. when you are sick! And when you have illness in the house, even if you aren’t yet “sick”, you may be carrying the germs and be at the most contagious stage of the illness (right before you come down with symptoms). Just wait out the incubation period before you and the rest of your family are out socializing this season, and you’ll play a huge part in stopping the illness epidemic. Usually after a few days of having a cold, you’re not nearly as liable to spread it…
*steps off soapbox*
Ok, so once you do have the misfortune of getting sick, what’s a girl to do? Why, eat chicken soup of course!!! This is as close to my mom’s (unwritten) recipe as I can get. Hers is still infinitely better of course. 🙂 I have slurped it up my whole life when the sickies came calling, and by golly, it really does make you feel better!
Mamacita’s Chicken Soup
4-6 boneless/skinless chicken thighs
1 carton of chicken broth (reduced sodium)
1 large sweet onion, chopped
3 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1/2″ cubes
2 cans of tomato sauce (8oz. each)
2 t garlic powder
6 oz. spaghetti
salt and pepper to taste
Place chicken thighs in a medium sized (4qt.) saucepan. Add the chicken broth, and enough water to fill the saucepan 2/3 of the way full. Add in the chopped onion, tomato sauce, and garlic, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer until the chicken is fully cooked (20 min.?). Add potatoes, and simmer until they are soft (another 20 min.?). Meanwhile, in a separate saucepan, break spaghetti into two or three sections, and cook according to package directions. Once noodles are done, drain, and add them to the rest of the soup. Break up the chicken into bite sized chunks if necessary, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
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