On Chicken Noodle Soup Day, observed annually on March 13, you won’t need sickly symptoms to cook up an excuse to slurp and savor. Enjoy the soup as both a chaser of winter’s final big chill and an Epicurean adventure.
Traditionally prescribed by mothers and grandmothers to chase away sniffles and sneezes, a steaming bowl of chicken noodle soup offers a warming cure of simple comfort.
In its simplest form, it is little more than the name implies, a basic broth with carrots, celery, shreds of chicken and oodles of noodles.
It’s soothing when you feel under the weather, but for all those hungry healthy days, there are as many variations as there are days in the autumn and winter seasons.
From the Italian-influenced chicken meatballs and pearl pasta, to the southwestern flare of extra tomatoes and spices, you can use your noodle to create a soup that satisfies the flavor you crave.
Whether you love Asian, Moroccan or Latin American foods, your stockpot awaits ingredients heaped in to infuse flavors transforming basic soup into something spectacular.
For the celebratory dinner, transfer soup into tureens and set up a buffet table with appropriately paired accompaniments and toppings.
Alternately, you can celebrate by hosting a potluck. Ask your guests to bring their favorite variations of the celebrated soup. You can also ask them to bring a favorite story from the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series.
Falling ill is no excuse to decline the invitation. After all, isn’t chicken noodle soup just what the doctor ordered?