• 1 onion chopped
  • 1 leek chopped
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced roughly
  • 2 carots chopped in bite size peices
  • handful of parsley chopped
  • 2 tbl freshly grated ginger
  • 1/4 white wine
  • 1 cup of diced tomatoes
  • 2 boxes of stock
  • 1 box tortellini
  • bunch of watercress chopped up

chicken soup…i love chicken soup, and when you’re sick it’s really the best medicine. i love that once upon a time we actually used herbs and food as medicine. like ginger – not only does it help nausea but also aids your body in digestion. did you know papaya works wonders for heartburn or that watercress helps your body rid of mucus (good to know right)? It always amazes me that food really is the best medication.

why do you need to know this? you don’t. you might though, and i bet someone out there knows of some really good remedies. i am suffering yet again from…yes, a sinus infection. good stuff. no home remedies will solve this one but they might however be of some help. i started out by making my usual go to recipe for stock. yes, my mother (and hers) both made chicken soup when you got sick. it’s jewish penicillin. add a matzah ball and you were quickly on the mend. not this time, a matzah ball wasn’t going to help. so i went back to my basics of herbs and foods that would make some difference.

should i mention to you before i go on that…um….ok fine, i started my chicken soup, went to lay down and then realized 2 hours later i forgot to take the ‘gizzard’ bag out of the chicken :-) yay, go me! so i ran out to the store and grabbed a box of stock and started over. ssshhhh, don’t tell anyone :-D

so tonight was just going to be chicken soup with some noodles, some toast and some tea. my son, who likes to sit with me while i am online, saw the the pioneer woman’s blog and asked me to make the tortellini soup. he has good taste. the recipe originated from the well fed newlyweds. great idea for soup, right. who doesn’t like cheese stuffed pasta — then add chicken soup and you’re set.  i changed it up a bit, added some more veg and some ginger and watercress instead of spinach to help me a little :-) great recipe! everyone loved it and i felt a lot better after 2 bowls.

ginger, watercress, and tortellini soup     (adapted from the the well fed newlyweds, tortellini soup)

  1. in a large stock pot, add about 2 tbl of olive oil and saute onion, leek, garlic, carrot, ginger,  parsley, and celery. let it sweat out for about 5-10 minutes.
  2. add wine to de-glaze the pan, stir and let it cook for about a minute. add your stock and tomatoes, bring it to a simmer and cook for about 45 minutes or so or until carrots are soft.
  3. bring to a boil and add tortellini. right before tortellini is done, after about 3-4 minutes, add your watercress.
  4. laddle into a bowl and enjoy.

if you do not favor watercress you could of course add spinach or for that matter any type of green you want. leave out the ginger too if you want, i thought it added a nice little bite, it settled my stomach and i was able to finally eat a meal, 2 bowls :-)

enjoy and stay warm!


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