In contrast, the Quiet Man doesn't ask me for anything at all when he is sick. He heads off to work and holes up in his office to do paperwork, as a sort of self-imposed quarantine. I can't do much for him, except telephone and ask if he is OK. Long pause. "Yes." Are you still sick? Long pause. "Yes." Oh. Darn. Can I do anything for you? Long pause. "No."
But YES, I can do something for him. I can make him old-fashioned chicken noodle soup, a bonafide miracle food for the indisposed. It's good and comforting and it will cure whatever ails you faster than anything you can buy at the pharmacy. And if you make it in the slow cooker, it requires such a minimal amount of attention that you could easily make a steaming serving for anyone in your life who becomes ill this winter season. Ladle a bit into a jar and take it to an ailing neighbor or co-worker. Or stay home and eat it all by yourself. And stay well, while you're at it.
Money Saving Tips: Use bouillion cubes for the broth. You can use bone in skin on chicken; just remove bones and skin after cooking.
Classic Chicken Noodle Soup in the Slow Cooker
Estimated Cost: $ 3.00 for 4-6 servings
3 cups water
3 cups chicken broth
1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken (toss it in frozen, if you like)
3 carrots,peeled and diced
2 ribs celery, peeled and diced
1 large onion, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, or 1 heaping teaspon dried
pinch of dried rosemary
pinch of dried thyme
2 ounces egg noodles, or broad pasta noodles
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Add all ingredients to the slow cooker EXCEPT the noodles. Cook on high for 3-4 hours, or on low for 6-8 hours. Remove chicken from pot and shred; return to pot. Add noodles for last 30 minutes of cooking. Taste soup and add salt and pepper to taste.
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