One of those traditional things is soup, chicken soup to be more specific. In 2000, researchers published a study in Chest that explored the healing powers of chicken soup. The study concluded that “chicken soup may contain a number of substances with beneficial medicinal activity.” Now the word “may” in a research paper isn’t the strongest indicator of scientific fact, but grandmom might think otherwise.
You can read the research paper here and see the recipe (it’s on the third page).
Here’s my grandmother’s chicken soup recipe.
3 quarts water
½ chicken (1 wing, 1 breast, 1 leg, and 1 piece of back of stewing chicken)
2 pieces of celery cut in small pieces
2-3 carrots cut in small pieces
½ onion (do not cut in pieces)
1 ½ tablespoons salt (or less to taste)
½ tsp black pepper
pastina, orzo or alphabet pasta
Put all ingredients except the pasta in large pot and start over high heat then turn down to medium heat. Put lid on pot and let it cook approximately 2 ½ hours. Skim fat from broth after first hour. Remove pieces of chicken from soup, cool and return meat to the soup. Discard bones.
Boil pastina or alphabets or orzo separately. Add to soup before serving. Pasta can be stored separately after cooling in storage container to be used with soup as needed.