Our family got sick this week, and is on the mend. Poor Aaron has a cold and eye infection. Moreover, he has two teeth coming in, so the little guy has been miserable. We have spent the last few days bundled in warm clothes near the house's one heater, wiping our noses, sipping fluids, and listening to Christmas music.
Whenever I got sick as a child, my mom would fix me a steaming bowl of chicken noodle soup. Somehow it would make the day a little bit better. In that same spirit, I made a large pot of chicken soup today, hoping for its magical healing powers to work on our family.
The soup is hearty and comforting, with large chunks of chicken, creamy broth, and a nice lemony thyme flavor. The eggs give a thick creaminess without the higher fat content that cream-based soups have.
Lemon Chicken Soup with Whole Wheat Pasta (adapted from The Food You Crave by Ellie Krieger)
4 teaspoons olive oil
8 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into small chunks
Pinch of salt, plus more to taste
1 medium onion, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 medium carrot, diced
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup whole wheat rotelle (corkscrew) pasta
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Ground pepper to taste
Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt, add it to the pot, and cook, stirring a few times, until just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer chicken to a dish and set aside. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil to the pot. Add onion, celery, carrot and thyme, and cook over medium-high heat, stirring until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Add 5 cups of the broth and bring to a boil. Add pasta and let simmer until tender, about 8 minutes. Turn heat to low to keep soup hot but not boiling. Warm the remaining 1 cup of broth in a small saucepan until it is hot but not boiling. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs. Gradually whisk the lemon juice into the eggs. Then gradually add the hot broth to the egg-lemon mixture, whisking all the while. Add the mixture to the soup, stirring well until the soup is thickened. Do not let the soup come to a boil. Add cooked chicken to the soup. Season with salt and pepper. Makes 4 servings.