Of all the steaming bowls of chicken noodle soup, it’s safe to say that none of them can beat the one someone cooks up for you when you’re feeling down, suffering from a cold or that you’re just having a bad day. Even though we’re talking about Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup poured straight from the can, the nourishment provided by that extra dose of love really can’t be beat. (You might even say the healing power of this classic soup is proof that « emotional eating is bad » is one of those healthy eating rules you can throw away.)
But no one ever said you couldn’t make a big pot of soul-nourishing soup. yourself a rest day or, really, whenever you get a craving. (Like, say, a freezing winter day when you need maximum comfort because those tell-tale signs of a cold are starting to creep up on you.) In fact, you can make a damn awesome chicken noodle soup for yourself.
Chicken noodle soup is a dish that really only requires a handful of basic ingredients and a little time on the stove or slow cooker to give those flavors a chance to blend and work their magic. We often talk about 30 minutes, people. And there are plenty of awesome shortcuts that will speed things up without sacrificing flavor, like picking up store-bought broth, pre-chopped onions, celery and carrots, or roast chicken.
While the classic might seem hard to beat, there are also so many twists you can add to it to kick things up a notch. Once you have the basic chicken noodle soup formula, you can take it in a million different directions because it’s A) versatile and B) quite forgiving. Make it creamy! Add an extra serving of herbs or spices! Change your noodles! Add any vegetables you have that are about to spoil! Heck, you can totally go out of the script and add something as unexpected as miso or Thai curry paste, and the end product will be fantastic. Or maybe you want to replace the chicken with a chicken-like vegetable protein – you won’t miss a beat, because half the flavor of the broth comes from the vegetables and herbs anyway. Chicken noodle soup is exactly that kind of dish. (It’s also great for meal prep, as it’s one of the best types of soups to freeze.)
So, will these chicken noodle soups give you the same feeling of being cared for by the one person who really, truly understands you when the world is getting you down? Unfortunately, they won’t. But doing something nice and self-care, like making a giant pot of fragrant, stuffed homemade soup, comes second, especially when it’s this easy and this good.