Whenever I hear that someone is sick, I immediately think I should make them chicken soup. That is what I have always eaten when not feeling well for as early as I can remember. So when I found out one of my neighbors had bronchitis, chicken soup it was.
Today I was a little short on time. I didn’t have numerous hours to make my own chicken stock so I went with the cartons I buy at Trader Joe’s. While homemade stock is always the best, Trader Joe’s makes a darn good prepared one. I love all their prepared stocks and broths including the miso ginger, various chicken ones, beef and vegetable. They are perfect in a pinch and I can always find several cartons in my pantry.
Since my neighbor eats gluten free, I decided to try using the brown rice pasta fusilli from Trader Joe’s. I have to say that I will be buying this again even when I don’t need to make a gluten free soup. I think I will try the brown rice spaghetti also. It is really good and there were no issues with the texture.
This soup is easy peasy to make. I used different colored carrots and baby kale for vegetables but you could vary it to what you have on hand. Celery, onions and peas all would work well. I like to cook the pasta separately and add it to the soup at the last minute. If there are leftovers stored in the refrigerator, it is best to not add the noodles until you are ready to eat it.
This soup is pure comfort food even if you are not sick. And the best part is that it can be on the table in under 20 minutes.
- 32 ounces chicken stock
- 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 4 chicken tenders, cut into bite size pieces
- 1 cup baby kale, chopped
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 2 cups cooked rice noodles (cooked according to package instructions)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Place stock In a medium size sauce pan and cook on medium high heat.
- Add carrots and chicken. Bring to a boil then adjust heat to low. Add kale. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked and carrots are tender.
- Add parsley and noodles.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.