Kids’ Chicken Noodle Soup: Good for Dad and Mom’s Soul!
One degree Celsius but feels like -3 Celsius! Wow! There’s certainly no turning back to the early autumn temperatures we enjoyed for two months (Read: 12-18 degrees Celsius!). The cold snap began to make its presence felt a week after being shaken by Superstorm Sandy and our kids have been clamoring for more soup-based dishes to warm themselves during these cold, late autumn (and eventually winter!) nights.
Speaking of kids, I do remember reading Chef Dale MacKay encouraging his kid to watch and assist him in preparing and cooking their family meals in the kitchen. I mentioned this because it sure warmed my heart when over the weekend, after having to go out in near-zero cold weather to buy produce from the supermarket; my kid cooked and prepared a bowl of chicken noodle soup for lunch! Although chicken noodle soup has been proven as an elixir especially when you’re feeling a bit under the weather, (It’s also probably is the reason why Chicken Soup for the Soul became a best-seller!), it also feels good coming home to a bowl of the hot soup cooked and prepared just for you. 🙂
Here’s my kid’s version (yes, she claims it’s an original recipe!) of a chicken noodle soup, which is delicious and soothing for Daddy and Mommy’s Soul! 😀
DELICIOUS AND SOOTHING CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP
½ cup of grated Mozzarella cheese
1tbsp. of unsalted butter
1 tbsp. Vegetable oil
1 quart of Campbell’s Chicken Broth
1 cup of Rotini pasta
½ white onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 medium-sized potato (Yukon variety), cubed
1 medium-sized carrot, cubed into small pieces
A pinch of Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste (optional)
1. In a pre-heated pot, pour oil and melt butter.
2. Sauté onions until they look transparent. Add garlic and sauté until lightly browned. Be careful when sautéing since a golden brown garlic and burnt onion would result in a bitter-tasting soup!
3. Once cooked, pour the broth into the pot. Wait till the broth reaches “rolling boil” before adding pasta.
4. Wait for about 4 minutes before adding the vegetables (carrot and potato).
5. Simmer for about 3 minutes or until pasta is al dente. Serve piping hot with grated cheese and buttered French bread.
Note: The pasta and vegetables will not be overcooked if you stick to the procedure. Of course, nothing beats using freshly-prepared chicken broth and real chicken strips for chicken noodle soup so dads and moms can help prepare these beforehand. For this recipe, my wife allowed our kid to think of the ingredients and cook it with minimal supervision. Remember, kids can cook good food, too!