Woe is Me Wednesday – Easy Homemade Chicken Soup for the Sickies.

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If you are like most of us, the weather is wreaking havoc on your skin, hair and immune system.  The F4 family is riddled with the cold to end all colds.  What to do?  Homemade chicken soup, just like Bubbe made.  Here’s a quick way to cheat the “from scratch” – don’t ever go for something in a can.  Processed foods bloat, drive up bp and have nasty additives – if you are a bride in training, you certainly don’t need THAT.  And besides that, chicken soup has restorative properties that not even antibiotics can mimic.  Here’s our take:

Cheater Chicken Soup – serves 4

2 boxes of low sodium chicken stock – we like College Inn

1 bay leaf

fresh cracked pepper, to taste

1 cup small pasta – can be orecchiete, ditalini, egg noodles

1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

1 star anise

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

squeeze of fresh lemon

Optional (if you feel like cooking):  1-2 carrots, sauteed in olive oil to soften beforehand.  Another option:  pick up a cooked rotisserie chicken at the market, shred and add the meat to the broth as well.


Take a large saucepan and pour in the low-sodium chicken broth (we call this “cheating” since we aren’t using real chicken bones to make a stock).  Heat on low until simmering.

Add all ingredients, except for the pasta and lemon juice.

Simmer, covered, on low for 20 minutes.

Uncover, add pasta and cook on low for an additional 10 minutes.   Before serving, add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.  Ladle into bowls and enjoy.  If you like, add some red chile flakes, fresh chopped basil or flat leaf Italian parsley.  You can also substitute orzo, broken spaghetti, rice, udon noodles or even barley for the starch.  The flavors will be sharp, mellow and piquant all at once, but you will have made enough delish soup to last the life of your cold.  Slurp.

About lseccuro

As a mom, lifestyle expert, surfer and event planner, I love to discover the next uber-cool thing! Whether it's a shoe, a wine, a food, a photographer, a designer, a blog, a flower or a travel spot, you can find me trolling for it! I also like to blog about the kids and how running a household like this keeps me grounded. I love all things beautiful, but mostly Mr. F4 and the little ones, Ava and Leo. Things I love: sparkly anything, homecooked meals, snowy white sheets, holidays, photography, monograms, antique silver, reading everything I can get my hands on, Pilates, learning anything new, antiquing, gardening, collecting cookbooks and shoes, mixing slouchy sofas w/ sleek chairs, collecting china, the beach, Ruzzetti & Gow seashells, seersucker, Sharpies, Chanel lipgloss, counting my blessings. Drop me an email or a comment and I look forward to meeting you!

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