This stew could not be more perfect for the current weather in Kansas right now. It has been raining for two days, and it is just wonderfully comfy and cozy. Rainy days are awful if you are trying to run errands and be productive, but if you are staying inside all or most of the day? Pure bliss. Rainy days also aren’t great for blog photography because no bright natural light = no bueno. But they are great for writing and drinking coffee and cuddling with cute babies.
And perfect for slurping down hearty, healing chicken noodle stew. This chicken noodle stew is just wonderful in every possible way! This is definitely not like the canned version that has a bunch of broth and few noodles with some dry, cubed chicken thrown in there. This stew is loaded with all kinds of goodies: celery, onion, carrots, whole wheat spaghetti, and (of course) lots of yummy chicken.
It takes a turn from the the traditional chicken noodle soup that you’re probably used to in a few different ways with the additions of dill, ginger, lemon, and turmeric. The dill and lemon add so much brightness and complexity while the ginger and turmeric add a more subtle depth and savory flavor. Trust me, you won’t be missing your traditional version once you give this recipe a try! It’s hard to beat 😍.
Why is this considered a “healing” chicken noodle soup? The first reason that I consider this a healing meal is our additions of ginger, lemon, and turmeric. All three have healing properties that are beneficial when you’re feeling under the weather. The second reason is just the plain old fact that this is basically the most comforting, sick-day food ever!
Who wasn’t sipping on chicken noodle soup when they were home sick from school growing up?!? I know I was. It’s the standard sick food. It’s warm, comforting, and it just automatically picks you up out of the gutter a little bit when you’re not feeling so hot. My other home-sick-from-school food was SpaghettiOs…and this is definitely a much healthier option than that 😀.
What were your sick foods? Whenever my husband is sick now, I either make baked potato soup (which is one of his faves) or I make chicken soup like this but from total scratch, making a broth from actual chicken bones. It’s a super extra special and extra comforting sick meal!
Yesterday, my mom and I drove to Topeka to go shopping…because…fall clothes #nahmean? It’s a required activity each year when October rolls around. We brought Ford with us, and we decided to hit Carter’s because they are having a 70% off sale right now, and I totes need more baby clothes…🙄🙄. False. I could probably stock an entire store with amount of baby clothes we currently own right now. But still…70% off!!
Right when we get inside Carter’s, Ford chooses that moment to spit up baaasically the entire bottle he just drank all down the front of my mom’s shirt and all over the floor of the store. So we are trying to clean him up, her up, and the floor up, and right when we finish wiping the floor, puke sesh number two starts. Again, all over the floor.
We were definitely on the hot mess express. We cleaned up from puke sesh number two and then went back to the bathroom to change his clothes and basically wash my mom’s entire shirt. I think his massive puking was either caused by being in a bumpy car for an hour and a half or from a new formula we are trying…poor little guy.
BUT, we got changed, got our acts together, and then spent like a hundred bucks on baby clothes. I couldn’t help myself – they stocked their Christmas stuff. And I got him a Thanksgiving outfit 😬. IT WAS ALL SO CUTE AND I HAVE NO SELF CONTROL.
Just shred my credit cards and put me on a cash only allowance…puh-lease.
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Healing Chicken Noodle Stew
This hearty, flavorful soup is packed with healing ingredients that will pick you up when you are under the weather!
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 30 mins
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 6 servings
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 stalks celery, chopped
- 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 1 onion, peeled and diced
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon of grated fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon of dill, chopped
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 2 32oz boxes of chicken stock
- 8 oz whole wheat spaghetti
- 1 whole rotisserie chicken, meat shredded off into bite sized pieces
- 1 lemon
- In a large pot or dutch oven, add your olive oil. When hot, add your veggies (celery, carrots, garlic, onion, ginger) along with some salt and pepper and cook until veggies have started to soften – about 5 minutes
- Add your dill, turmeric, and chicken stock
- Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and simmer for 15 minutes
- Break your spaghetti up into shorter little sticks (a few inches long) and add it to your pasta. Simmer for about 8 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked through
- Add your chicken, the juice from your lemon, season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve!
You can use any kind of pasta here – it doesn’t have to be whole wheat, and it doesn’t have to be spaghetti!
- Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups
- Calories: 386
- Sugar: 4 g
- Sodium: 734 mg
- Fat: 10 g
- Carbohydrates: 36 g
- Fiber: 5 g
- Protein: 35 g
- Cholesterol: 33 mg
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