Grandmother was right. Chicken soup is one of the best treatments for the common cold. There is something about chicken broth that holds heat better than normal water. The broth also helps to keep you hydrated which is another key to healing.
Roasted chicken makes one of the best chicken soups. If you have leftovers from last nights chicken dinner you prepared in your kitchenaid oven they work well. If not, then grab a chicken that your local grocery store prepared in a rotisserie oven on the way home from work.
While you can buy a commercially prepared chicken soup base, it is easy to make your own using the carcass of the roasted chicken that you took the meat off of. Throw all the bones into a stock pot and add a few vegetables for additional flavor. Boil over low heat or in a crock pot for several hours to make a rick stock for your soup. Strain the rich broth and throw the bones and vegetables out.
You will then add the cubed chicken to the stock and more chopped vegetables. If you have your black decker food processor, you will find the task of chopping vegetables much easier.
Of course any good chicken soup has pasta. The problem of pasta in soup is that it continues to absorb water from the soup and even small pieces of pasta eventually get large and mushy. To avoid this, cook the past on the side and add to each bowl just before serving. This trick woks especially well if you intend to freeze the chicken soup.
When you prepare your own food, you control the amount of salt and other spices that are added to the soup. You can prepare a tasty chicken soup that is much lower in salt than anything you can buy in a can. This is important for many people that are counting the amount of sodium in their diet for health reasons.
An additional benefit is that you can load a home made soup up with fresh vegetables. This can add many needed nutrients to your diet.
Whenever you feel a cold starting, head home and prepare a big pot of your own chicken soup. It will keep in the refrigerator for several days and can also be frozen. When you do not feel like doing anything else, cuddle up in your blanket with a hot cup of soup and watch your favorite movies.