National Health Care

Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken Noodle Soup

No topic has been as been as politicized as national health care reform since maybe Lewinsky-gate (and maybe not even then).  It’s an issue that has caused a Senator to accuse the President of lying, has divided Republican versus Democrat, Democrat versus Democraft, doctor versus doctor, and American versus American. 

I should have said something earlier.  See, for a while now, I’ve felt like I have had the answer to natioanl health care reform, but I didn’t speak up.  Even with the passage of the House bill, I feel my voice must be heard.  I am proud and I owe it to America to speak up and announce:

The official National Health Care mandate!

Eat Chicken Noodle Soup

See, it’s elegant in its simplicity.  Complex in its intricities.  But it will work.  Guaranteed!*

Think about it: when you have a cold, what do you want?  Chicken noodle soup.  Flu?  Chicken noodle soup.  Stomach problems? Chicken noodle soup!  Broken leg?  Chicken noodle soup!**  Unsightly blemishes?  Chicken noodle soup?

And forget spending trillions of dollars on healthcare.  All you need is about $10 per pot and you have the meal that have nursed millions of people around the world back to health, that caused Christopher Columbus to discover America, and that Cortez once dubbed the fountain of youth***!

Instituting National Health Care Reform

The prep for the dish takes all of about 10 minutes, maybe less if you are quick with a peeler.  It can also be served in just minutes, but I prefer to let it cook on the stove for about an hour (or more) to let the carrots, celery, chicken, and herbs really bless the broth with their flavors.  That’s good eats!

You will need:

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 4 chicken legs
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced 1/8 thick
  • 2 carrots, peeled sliced into 1/8 inch coins
  • 1 tablespoon basil
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 package frozen egg noodles
  • Salt to taste

In a big soup pot, add the 4 tablespoons of olive oil and let it get very warm over medium-high heat.  Add the onion and let it cook 6-8 minutes or until it starts to turn brown.  Then add the garlic powder and stir.  Next, add the chicken legs and cook them for about 1 minute.

Fill the soup pot 3/4 of the way full with water.  (Note, if you are in a hurry, you can fill it with chicken broth instead, but I like water so no flavors get in my soup that I didn’t put there on purpose.) 

Bring the water to a boil, then add the celery, carrots, basil, oregano, and black pepper.  Reduce the heat to medium and let the soup cook for at least an hour, this will let all the flavors come together to make a really flavorful broth.

Let the soup boil away for about an hour, tasting it periodically.  After the broth has started to take on the flavor from the chicken, pull the legs out of the soup with tongs, remove the meat from the bones and then discard the bones.  Add the noodles and cook until they are warm.

If you went with broth , just cook the soup until the chicken is fully cooked, maybe 10 minutes.  Then pull the meat from the bones and add the noodles.

Serve with some nice crusty bread and some orange juice and you have the cure for the common cold.  Though, with soup this good, you might as well eat it any time you want.


* That’s not a real guarantee.
** Doctors are still evaluating the effect of chicken noodle soup on mending broken bones.  Ditto unsightly blemishes actually.   Really, there’s absolutely no medical fact in this post what so ever.
*** There’s no historical fact, either.


  1. Lol! I meal really, LOL. As someone who works in healthcare, I can say with some (made-up) authority that chicken soup is indeed the cure for everything. When I was sick as a kid, my mom always made chicken soup. When my kids are sick, I make chicken soup. I give chicken soup to friends who are sick. I am happy to report that as of today, every single person who has eaten my chicken soup over the past two decades (ish) has gotten over what was ailing them and is no longer sick. What more could you ask for? 😉

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