Now don’t think I’m some completely anti-social person. Maybe it’s the only child thing… I just really treasure my alone time.
Maybe that’s why I like cooking so much, I do it by myself. I’m not religious or particularly spiritual, but being in the kitchen with my music blasting and chopping vegetables is probably the closest I will ever come to a complete religious experience.
So on snowy cold days, I like to go back to basics. Some simple but extremely flavorful and comforting.
When I think of comfort food, one thing immediately sticks out in my mind.
Chicken Noodle Soup.
Quick Chicken Noodle Soup
6 cups of low sodium fat free chicken broth
1 and ½ cups of chopped carrots
1 and ½ cups of chopped celery
1 chopped onion (about medium sized)
3 tbsp. of fresh chopped parsley
20 fresh chopped basil leaves
1 tsp. of dried oregano
1 bay leaf
1 cooked rotisserie chicken (I bought one from the local grocery store already pre-cooked)
1 and ½ cups of dried egg noodles
1 tsp. of salt
¼ tsp. of pepper
Place chicken broth, carrots, celery, onions, basil, bay leaf, salt, and pepper in the pot and bring to a boil. Let vegetables cook at boiling temperature for about 7 to 8 minutes. Bring pot down to a simmer.
Meanwhile, remove the white meat without the skin from the chicken and dice so it is in small pieces. Add chicken to the pot and let simmer for about 5 minutes.
Add egg noodles and let soup simmer until egg noodles are cooked. Add more salt and pepper to taste if necessary.
Do you enjoy being alone? What is your favorite thing to do when you have alone time? What is your favorite comfort food?