Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken noodle soup is the ultimate comfort food, especially when you are sick. For years, mothers and grandmothers have prescribed a bowl of chicken soup to cure the common cold or the flu. While some have dismissed the dish’s healing powers as just an old wives’ tale, scientists have proven that maternal wisdom should not be so quickly discounted. The dish actually has anti-inflammatory properties which help to sooth sore throats and ease the misery of being sick.
Traditionally, the main ingredients in chicken noodle soup were stock, noodles, carrots, celery, onions and diced chicken. Today, new recipes seek to add flair to this familiar dish. Ingredients such as egg and tortellini are added to give the soup new life. In addition to the customary vegetables, yellow squash, zucchini, bell peppers and even mushrooms are becoming popular as a new generation of cooks seek to make their mark on the popular dish. For an Asian twist, fresh ginger and sesame oil may be added along with a blend of Asian-style veggies. Or, for distinctive New Orleans flavor, cream sherry and Tabasco sauce are mixed into the soup.
With so many variations, old and new, it’s no wonder that chicken noodle soup is such a popular dish either as a starter course or the main entree.