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If you or one of your friends catches a cold this winter, there's nothing that soothes the sniffles quite like a warm bowl of chicken soup. Not only is this dish a classic comfort food, it's also been proven to help alleviate the symptoms of a cold. Whether you choose to make your tried and true family recipe or opt for this quick and easy version, a big bowl of soup may leave you feeling a little bit better and start you down the road to recovery.
Did you know that chicken soup is scientifically proven to help your body fight off viruses? Research conducted at the University of Nebraska showed that the dish can help reduce upper respiratory cold symptoms by inhibiting the movement of white blood cells. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect that can soothe your sore throat. A soup with lots of broth and vegetables has the added benefits of keeping you hydrated and providing important vitamins and minerals to your body. Make this easy chicken soup recipe next time you're feeling under the weather and see the effects for yourself!
Warm the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add carrots, onions, celery and garlic to the pan and cook for four minutes. Next, stir in the bay leaves and salt and pepper to taste. Pour the chicken stock into the pan, then raise the temperature to medium-high. When the liquid starts to boil, add the cooked chicken. Let the soup return to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium. Let the mixture simmer for two minutes. Add in the egg noodles and cook until they are tender, usually around eight minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in parsley. You'll want to scoop the bay leaves out of the soup before serving. This recipe makes two quarts, so it's perfect to save some for yourself and give the rest to a friend at your retirement community who's feeling under the weather.