Thursday, January 27, 2011

Pasta & Soup - Perfect Cure for Flu Season

I can't believe I've actually missed a few days this week. I really thought today was Tuesday! There's nothing like a Winter flu to knock one out for a few days ... and calling for "mommy" to make something warm and soothing like chicken soup. Since I AM the mommy, it's a good thing I made a huge pot of chicken broth back in December and froze them in 2 cup batches in ziplock baggies.
Baby Steps to A Rockin' Life!
Which just happens to be my entry for Baby Steps to a Rockin' Life , a cool roundup put together by Alex of A Moderate Life .
Easy steps to 'instant mommy" when you're too sick to cook:
1. make a very big batch of broth;
2. allow to cool;
3. label ziplock baggies big enough to hold 2 cups of broth;
4. measure & pour soup into baggies & seal;
5. lay the baggies flat on a baking sheet that will fit in the freezer and allow to completely freeze (if you have a tiny freezer you might have to do this in a couple of batches);
6. Stand the frozen baggies upright and you'll be surprised at how many helpful "hugs" of soup you can fit in the space.

And just in under the wire for Presto Pasta Night, this week hosted by Jen of Tastes of Home... is this

(seen at the top of the page)

Even sickly me... could crawl out of bed and throw it together. While the broth was defrosting, I threw a couple of handfuls of spinach into a bowl in the microwave, then chopped it up, added that plus 1/4 cup whole wheat fusilli and a slice of ginger to the soupThe whole thing took 15 minutes... and yes... I did feel like my mother was looking after me.


bellini valli said...

This would definitely be a comforting soup Ruth. Let's hope the cold and flu stay at bay though.

a moderate life said...

Ruthi! I do hope you are feeling better! I remember being mommy and being sickie when the girls were little and if it wasnt for frozen in meals and disney videos I dont know how I would have gotten through it all! Thanks so much for submitting this tip to Baby Steps! It really is a great one. Also, wanted to let you know that I am giving you a stylish blogger award because you so wicked rock! Stop by to A Moderate Life this friday (or when you feel better!) to accept it! Big hugs! alex

Pia said...

perfect for winters. lovely recipe

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Jen (Tastes of Home) said...

Hi, the round-up is done and at my blog! Hope you're feeling better now :D Thanks for letting me host again!

Joanne said...

Oh no! I hope you're feeling better! The ginger in that soup probably cleared you infection straight up. I'm absolutely positive the stop has curative properties.

Ruth Daniels said...

Thanks all for the kind wishes.

There is nothing quite like ginger and chicken soup (Jewish Penicilin after all) to make it all better quickly.

Jen, thanks for hosting - you did a great job!

Alex, I'm heading over to Moderate life now. Thanks for award - I'm blushing

Pierce said...

Soup is the way to during these cold winter months. Great post, I enjoyed it Ruth :-)

Corina said...

This is just what I need to fight my cold at the moment. Hope you're feeling better soon.

Couscous & Consciousness said...

That soup looks like a great cure for flu, and what a great idea keeping a stash of this in the freezer.
Sue :-)

Claudia said...

Ruth, sounds like just the thing for the flu or a chilly day. Gotta love chicken soup in any form.