There’s nothing like a comforting and soothing bowl of homemade chicken soup. Especially if a loved one makes it for us when we’re feeling under the weather.
Last week, I was reminded about the importance of the warmth of home and family. I picked up my son from pre-school, who came down with a fever, and my heart sank as I saw him. I was taken back to the similar times in my childhood when I was picked up sick. That sense of relief after seeing a warm and familiar face instantly filled both our hearts. As I embraced him, I immediately shared his sentiment that soon we’d be in the comforts of home sweet home.
Doesn’t home become exceptionally comfortable when you’re not feeling well? It also feels SO good to know that someone will be there to take good care of you. And it’s the BEST feeling in the world when that someone knows exactly how to nourish your soul. #TheresNoPlaceLikeHome 🏠 ❤️
I placed Roy on his favorite spot on the couch with the coziest blanket, turned on a movie and started making his favorite soup.
This nourishing Toddler Approved Alphabet Chicken Soup is perfect to help fight off the sniffles. It’s also delicious and who doesn’t like alphabet shaped pasta?!😁
The thing is, comfort food isn’t just about the food itself. A cup of homemade soup from a loving mother to her sick child brings an incomparable kind of healing. There’s a warm and fuzzy emotional association which makes the food oh so comforting. There’s truly no place like home when we’re not feeling oh so good.
So I start off by making my own stock. This is the best kind of stock! I simmer my bone-in, skin-on chicken drumsticks with some flavor boosting ingredients like parsley, green onion, celery, carrots, red onion, peppercorns, whole cloves and cinnamon sticks for 30 minutes.
Once the chicken is cooked, the stock is ready! I remove the chicken to cool down and disregard all the other ingredients. Now the veggies can be added. I use celery, carrots and zucchini. The chicken can be de-skinned and de-boned now and re-added to the soup along with the alphabet-shaped pasta. I also like to cook down some chopped tomatoes and add that with chopped parsley to the soup. The tomatoes add a bit of sweetness and acidity.
Roy’s favorite soup is ready and it looks so good! It brings me so much joy to see a smile on his face and hear his sweet voice saying in excitement: “You made me chicken soup?!”
Of course I did, that’s what I’m here for! 😍 Now scoot your cute little butt over and let’s enjoy our bowls of this Toddler Approved Alphabet Chicken Soup together, my sweet baby Roy.
Now, stop staring at these pics, go make this soup and tell me how you like it. K. Thanks. Bye. 😉
- Chicken Drumsticks - 5 large, rubbed with salt.
- Red Onion - ½ large.
- Cinnamon Sticks - 2.
- Celery Stalks - 2.
- Green Onion - 1.
- Baby Carrots - 5.
- Parsley Sprigs - 3.
- Peppercorns - 4.
- Whole Cloves - 4.
- Water - 8 cups of water.
- Carrots - 1 cup, thinly sliced.
- Zucchini - 1 small, cubed.
- Celery Stalks - 2, thinly sliced.
- Alphabet Pasta - ¼-1/3 cup, dry.
- Tomato - 1 medium, chopped. (I only had cherry tomatoes this time, so used a handful)
- Parsley - 3 tbsp, chopped. More for garnish.
- Salt - 1 tsp or to taste.
- Place all the stock ingredients into a large pot and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to a simmer, partially cover and cook until the chicken is tender. About 30 minutes.
- You can prep the 'To Make The Soup' ingredients as the stock is cooking.
- Once chicken is tender, Remove and set aside to cool.
- Strain the broth through a very fine sieve into a large bowl. Discard the remaining ingredients.
- Re-add the broth to your large pot along with the sliced carrots, cubed zucchini and sliced celery. Cook over medium heat for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, remove and discard the skin and bones from the chicken, cut meat into bite-size pieces, and add to pot.
- Add the alphabet pasta.
- In a small pan, sautee the chopped tomato in a little bit of olive oil until soft (5-8 minutes) then add to soup.
- Add the chopped parsley, and season with salt to taste.
- Soup is ready! Garnish with parsley & freshly cracked black pepper.