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27 Feb, 2014

A bowl of comfort and love

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Easy ways to make kids happy|Recipes and Food

I’ve been feeling a bit like a crazy mama this week, working/writing/planning to the point of Total Brain Explosion. And then there’s the weather! Holy crap. I’ve had it up to *here* with the deep freeze. CALGON, TAKE ME AWAY.

The cold has been downright paralyzing. And this kind of paralysis demands easier meals and fewer trips to the grocery store. What I love about this recipe is (a) it uses leftovers and (b) makes a satisfying meal and (c) the kids will EAT IT. Hence, it is a total winner in my books.  It is ridiculously simple.

February 25 #dailylunches - Chicken noodle soup is good for what ails ya

I actually got the idea from this recipe. I was smitten by the cute photo of the little boy that I had to try it myself. Isn’t this such a nice way of getting kids in the kitchen?  

The fun part of this recipe is breaking up the noodles. It has such a satisfying crrrrrack to it, and if you break your capellini noodles into a big bowl you will cut down on the mess factor. THEN mash the pile of dry noodles with your hand to break them into smaller bits. THIS IS BETTER THAN BUBBLE WRAP PEOPLE. 

The recipe looked fine as it is, but I didn’t have it in front of me so I winged it. I just boiled the stock, added the broken pits of pasta, a diced carrot, diced chicken breast, and  as it was all coming together at the end I added dried parsley, salt and pepper, and a bit of green onion. It was heaven. And I didn’t even have to leave the house!

2 Responses to "A bowl of comfort and love"

1 | Good food.

February 27th, 2014 at 2:36 pm


Mmm….looks good. I make this pretty often (fall / winter)with new chicken stock. Use either pasta or rice noodle. The only thing I’d add is celery. Chicken soup MUST include celery flavour, either chopped inner leaves or thinly sliced stalks. And onions…for sure. Either chopped in the soup or added as diced green onions (for those who gag on onions). Hoisin on the side. A more vietnamese version of good old chicken soup.

2 | Jen Hughes

March 12th, 2014 at 7:40 pm


I have a similar recipe that I refer to as semi-homemade. It’s super easy and I pull it together several times over each winter.

*Several boxes low-sodium chicken broth
*1 rotisserie chicken from the grocery store
*Bag of pasta in fun shapes (my guys like the wagon wheels)
*Carrots, chopped

Pour stock into large pot. Turn on heat. Pick chicken apart into bite-sized pieces and add to stock. Add chopped carrots. Add pasta. Heat until pasta is soft. EAT.

All my kids love this, even the picky one. He just takes the carrot pieces out of his bowl. ;)

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