How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?

You make soup! Yesterday we had our first real brush with a hurricane this season. Hurricane Maria was category 1 when it made landfall off the southeast coast. Many of the schools and businesses closed around town but the brunt of Maria hit outside town. I worked all day but when I came home it was still blowing a gale and raining. A perfect stay home and ride out the weather kind of evening. I secretly love storm / snow days, though I prefer summer weather, occasionally there’s nothing like spending the day and night at home reading, watching movies, and cooking up something delicious. So even though it wasn’t a storm day for me technically…that’s exactly what I did. This is not your average chicken noodle soup, it has a spicy twist that takes this comfort food to a whole new & healthy level.

 

Chicken Noodle Soup (Serves 4 – 6)

  • 2 chicken breasts (boneless skinless)
  • 1 carton reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 carton reduced sodium beef broth
  • 2 cups chopped organic baby carrots
  • 1/2 yellow onion minced
  • 1 green pepper chopped small
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups small whole wheat pasta
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Red pepper flakes to taste
  • Fresh black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp EVOO

 

I started with my chicken frozen wrapped it in tinfoil and baked it on 400 degrees. I did a couple extra breasts with it to have cooked chicken on hand when I need it. This is a great idea for the weeknight rush. While the chicken was cooking I heated the olive oil and then cooked the green pepper, garlic, and onion for 5 minutes. After which I added in the broth, carrot, bay leaf, red pepper flakes, and black pepper. I brought it to a boil then allowed it to simmer 25 minutes.

 

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After 25 minutes I added in  the small pasta (I used fusilli)  and chopped chicken. The chicken had cooked by this time if you include the time I spent chopping everything. Baking the chicken in this manner keeps it moist for the soup. Let the soup simmer another 15 minutes, remove the bay leaf, then serve!

 

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Do you love storm days? What’s your favourite comfort food?

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