Charitable Chicken Soup for My Roommate’s Soul

Poor Lauren. She has a cold. When Lauren gets colds they last for two weeks, minimum. And since I have been basking in my good health all weekend (excluding explicit epilogues), last night I called her cell phone on her way back from the airport and said: “Would you like me to make you chicken soup?”

She said: “Would you? That would be awesome.”

So I whipped out my Epicurious chicken soup recipe which, since it’s on the internet, I can reproduce for you here. It is not the most authentic chicken soup recipe: that would involve making your own chicken stock (a process that takes over four hours). But this recipe is incredibly delicious, incredibly nutrtious and–to quote the recipe itself: “perfect for a cold winter’s night.”


16 cups canned low-salt chicken broth (<--I just bought two quarts worth and that was plenty) 1 3.5 lb chicken, cut into 8 pieces 1/2 cup chopped onion 2 carrots, peeled, thinly sliced 2 celery stalks, sliced 8 oz dried wide egg noodles 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley (<--I subbed dill for the parsley because I love dill in chicken soup) 1. Combine chicken broth and chicken in heavy large pot. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; cover partially and simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Using tongs, transfer chicken to large bowl. Cool chicken and broth slightly. Discard skin and bones from chicken. Cut chicken meat into bite size pieces and reserve. Spoon fat off top of chicken broth. 2. Return broth to simmer. Add onions, carrots and celery. Simmer until vegetables soften, about 8 minutes. 3. Stir in noodles, parsley (or dill) and reserved chicken. Simmer until noodles are tender, about 5 minutes. Season soup to taste with salt and pepper. It was really the last step that made this particular soup taste better than any I've made before. I don't think I ever use enough salt, so this time I was really generous and, according to Lauren, "this is the best one you've made by far."

4 thoughts on “Charitable Chicken Soup for My Roommate’s Soul”

  1. Kelli LUVS AG!!!!

    omg, i have ben sick TOO just like your roommate!!!! that settles it its fate between U and ME QT!!!!!!! (your rooomate and you have diferrent bed rooms right.)

    AG this week was hella stresful!!! besides being sick one of my teacher’s is such a BEEEYOTTCH I dont think I cann stand her skankiness ANYMORE!!!! what I dont get is why even tho it is her falt I didnt understand somethig she still yellz at me for not undertsanding why the wack old lady weares a wedding dress all the time when i read the WHOLE book beeyotch!!! ANYWAY!!!!

    I WANT SOME SOUP!!! will you feed me soup!!?! :) I like soup too if you know what I mean!!!!! OMG, j/k I’m not a hoochie I SWEAR!!!! Miss you LUVVVRRRRRR!!!!

  2. Adam was not kidding. That soup was unnnnbelievable! In case any of you were wondering, I am feeling much better, thank you. Thank goodness for the Amateur Gourmet. Without him I’d be coughing up a lung for an additional week or two.

  3. Hi,

    You don’t know me, but I have heard about you! Your site is both informative and funny. I just read all about how to make Janet Jacksons breasts. I’ll check your site again.

    Good recipes are always appreciated.

    By the way I’m Chris Seely’s Grandmother.


    Dottie Kane

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