or murder. in this instance, murder might be a more satisfying choice.
but i get ahead of myself. see, my husband has caught a bug from our adorable niece, Chevelle. she’s cute as hell and the funnest kid on the planet – don’t believe me? look:
that’s a whole lot of cute and energetic wrapped up in one short, 3 1/2 year old package. but she is a child and children, as we all know, are a disease carrying sort. so erik (and my mother in law, who is Chevelle’s babysitter) are sick. and in the course of invasion of this sickyness, he has been a big, fat, whiny baby. i was all set to use our dinner ingredients (cavatappi, broccoli, and roasted chicken breast) for delicious, cheesy evil in the form of cavatappi and cheese with chicken and broccoli. enter erik and his “ew face” which meant he was going to poke at his dinner and be all “meeeeh. i don’t liiiiike it, i want frozen burritos and red baron pizza.” so because i am a good wife (quit smirking, you, i am) i quickly came up with this concoction instead, a chicken noodle soup with fresh herbage and cavatappi. i call it Rebekah’s “Shut the F*** Up You F****** Baby Soup.” when i get sick, there’s still laundry and dinner to make, and general work to do. when erik gets sick, the WORLD ENDS. this soup at least seemed to delay his inevitable journey towards death, at least for tonight.
Shut the F*** Up You F****** Baby Soup
cooked chicken breast, chopped up or shredded
chicken stock (a good organic boxed brand is fine, but homemade is better)
carrot, cut into coins
garlic cloves, minced
cooked broccoli (totally optional – i just threw it in because i had it all ready to go for my previous dinner plans)
butter (like 1 Tablespoon)
olive oil (like 1-2 Tablespoons – that’s one or two, not twelve)
fresh thyme, chopped
salt and pepper
bring a pot of salted water to boil and cook your pasta according to package directions (al dente, please). drain and set aside. heat the butter and olive oil in a soup pot. drop in the onion, garlic, carrots, and celery. cook until the onion has slightly softened. add in the parsley and thyme. dump in the chicken and broccoli (if you’re using the broccoli). cover all this with chicken stock. season with salt and pepper and let it simmer for about 15 minutes, so all the flavors come together. dump in the cavatappi and let that just heat through.serve with crackers or breadsticks or whatever, man.
cooking music: The Carter Family, Keep on the Sunny Side