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The Sick Bell {Recipe: Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup}

Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup“Ring-a-ling, ring-a-ling”… the sick bell tolls.

“Ring-a-ling, ring-a-ling”… I charge up the stairs, peeking in on the patients who have summoned. “I’m cold, can I have more covers?” “Can I have a popcicle?” “I need a drink.” “My tummy hurts.”

Naturally, as a parent, when your kids are sick you want to do anything you can to make them better.

I used the very same sick bell to summon my mom when I was sick as a kid. It’s one of the few things I’ve carried onto my family from my childhood. My mom was always so patient when we were sick… bringing us a silver bed tray of hot soup, 7-Up and saltines when we needed it to make us feel better. The sick bell, always on the tray or nearby, was for us to use whenever we needed her. I’m sure, like my kids, I had a tendency to overuse it.

Soup equals comfort and in my opinion has healing powers. I’m not sure if that’s really true, but it always seems to make me feel better. Doesn’t it you?

Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup www.dineanddish.net

pediacare-fever-reducerMy friends at PediaCare asked me to share one of my favorite recipes I turn to when my kids are sick. That would have to be Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup… no doubt. Chicken Noodle Soup is what my mom gave me when I had the sick bell by my side, and it’s what I share with my kids when sickness hits.

PediaCare also wants to remind parents that when it comes to medicine for sick kids, proper dosing is incredibly important. They’ve provided this handy dosing chart for you to print to ensure that when using Pediacare Fever Reducer and Pain Reliever for your kids, you have the right dosing information easily accessible. It’s a great chart to print off and hang on the inside of your medicine cabinet for easy reference.

I hope you all have managed to stay well this winter. If you need a bowl of comfort, to help you or your loved ones feel better, I’m sharing my recipe below. Enjoy!



Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup

Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup

A heart and warm Homestyle Chicken Soup recipe... it soothes the soul.


  • 12 cups Chicken broth
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 lb Chicken, precooked, boneless, skinless
  • 1 24-ounce package Reames® Homestyle Egg Noodles
  • 2 cups cooked corn
  • 2 cups cooked sweet peas


  1. Bring the chicken broth to a boil with the bay leaf. Add the noodles and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir often.
  2. Add the Italian Seasoning, black pepper, cooked chicken, corn and sweet peas. Simmer for 10 minutes or until done. Remove bay leaf before serving.
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  1. Chicken soup truly is the best medicine! I love that you added corn and peas!

  2. I love the story of the sick bell! I think so much of feeling better when you’re sick is having someone to love, care for, and comfort you…and someone who will bring you homemade soup!

  3. A good chicken noodle soup recipe can’t be beat – this one looks just like what my mom used to make!

  4. My Mom always spoiled us too – I love the bell!!

  5. This is such a great idea! Love that you are carrying on the tradition. :)

    And chicken soup is definitely one of the best medicines!

  6. There’s something about chicken soup that always seems to help with a cold.. I love that yours looks so hearty and full of vegetables.

  7. I love the bell! I wish I had one today since I have a cold. The soup looks so good!! Yum!!

  8. There’s nothing better than a chicken soup , except chicken soup with noodle! Great recipe!

  9. Oh, this soup looks like the best kind of comfort. I love the idea of the sick bell — might have to borrow that for when I have my own kiddos someday. :)

  10. Man I wish I had a sick bell when I was younger! But then again, it was like my mom had a sixth sense and didn’t need me to use a sick bell. I was AMAZED when I was little! Moms always know though don’t they? Love the change up to the chicken soup!!

  11. Nothing beats having your mom around and giving you the classic saltine crackers with 7up. Chicken soup solves everything when you are sick!

  12. A great comfort food and sickness fighter :) Great job.

  13. Love the addition of corn & peas to your chicken noodle soup!

  14. Those Reams noodles really add something wonderful to chicken soup, don’t they? If you haven’t already, I’d love if you’d come join my How To Tuesday link party, too.


  15. So sorry to see that you’ve had some sick kiddo’s lately! Chicken noodle soup is a favorite here as well when someone isn’t feeling so good.

  16. The bell, the 7-Up, the saltine crackers = my childhood, too! The crackers and 7-Up are the same comforts for today’s nausea/sickness, but not sure what happened to poor bell….

  17. A sick bell! Genius! I’m sorry your kids have been having to use it lately, though… poor muffins.

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