There is so much going on with the world right now and I know that this blog is not the most important thing in what is going on, but I am trying really hard to bring you fun and helpful content that might help you in this weird time. If this post can simple give you something to look forward to for dinner, then I have done my job! So today I bring you one of my favorite recipes ever. My hearty homemade chicken noodle soup recipe!
My husband says that if there is a cloud in the sky I make chicken noodle soup. I will admit, I just love it. My kids love chicken noodle soup. It is a regular meal around here. This week, on my Facebook page I have been doing fun baking Lives. My daughter and I have been doing some fun recipes, including my french bread recipe, my wheat bread recipe, our favorite potato cheese soup, and we made my chicken noodle soup.
Many people asked for the recipe, so I thought it was time to share. I really go for all the flavor in my homemade chicken noodle soup recipe.
Like all my recipes, I remember my moms chicken noodle soup and how much I loved it. I used her recipe as a starting off point and after many years, it has become one of the easiest recipes to make and also one of our most favorite.
I would say in general chicken noodle soup is not hard to make. It’s one of those things that most people have their own version. You can make it even easier by using rotisserie chicken which helps cut the cook time. It is a pretty straight forward meal, but I add a couple things to mine that gives it even more flavor and comforting appeal.
I think the biggest element in my chicken noodle soup recipe is the herbs and garlic. My kids LOVE garlic, so I always go over the top and add extra to my soup. When on those sick days when we are feeling under the weather, I make sure to load up on the garlic cloves.
The combination of all the herbs really makes an amazing broth for this soup. Its amazing, I use basil, oregano, sage, thyme, and a bay leaf or two.
There is one element to this soup you might be wondering…and that is the shredded parmesan cheese on the top of a bowl of soup. Oh my gosh, if you haven’t tried this yet, you need to! It melts into the chicken noodle soup and adds the most amazing flavor!
I used to add the rind of parmesan cheese to the soup and let it cook down, It gave so much flavor to the soup, but it was hard to keep a rind around, since it is so much easier to buy a bag of parmesan cheese already grated.
So, after I ladle a nice serving into a bowl, we top it with a bit of fresh parmesan cheese. The saltiness and savory flavor is so good with chicken noodle soup. And of course, a slice of fresh, warm out of the oven wheat bread is the icing on the cake! You should definitely try out my wheat bread recipe!
Now, this is completely optional. I have two kids that eat it without the cheese and the rest of us love it!
This recipe makes a big batch. We have 6 people in our family and there is always enough left over for a day or two. This is great though, because it means we can enjoy it longer, and my kids have an automatic lunch in the fridge!We store ours in an airtight container.
You can easily cut this recipe in half and make less for you. But, its always nice to have a healthy, homemade meal in the fridge for you to eat later.
Here are some of my favorite elements I use in my homemade chicken noodle soup. Click the image to check it out!
So lets talk about how I make my easy chicken noodle soup recipe:
I start by putting my homemade chicken broth (if I am not using a while chicken) two large chicken breasts( I use boneless chicken breasts), dried herbs(these are a pantry staples), 1 medium onion, 2 celery ribs and garlic into a large stockpot or large dutch oven. I cook this on medium-high heat until it comes to a boil. I then turn it town to medium-low heat and allow it to cook for a while until the chicken is easily pulled apart. It generally takes an hour or two. if you use a rotisserie chicken you do not need to spend this time. You can change up how you do it.
Once the chicken is cooked, I take it out of the pot and add the 1-2 cubed potatoes and 3 medium carrots. I shred or chop up the chicken and combine chicken with the rest of the ingredients. I let them cook for about 5 minutes and then I add the uncooked noodles. We use wide egg noodles. The type of pasta you use it totally up to you! I also add black pepper at this point. I wait until it is finished to add salt because I do not want too much sodium.
Let it all cook together until the noodles, potatoes and carrots are all tender. Before serving you can top with fresh herbs such as fresh parsley.
These kinds of classic soup recipes can be changed or modified in any way to fit your likes and dislikes. You can use a whole chicken, or use can use chicken tenders. Add more veggies or less. Change the noodles for rice if you are gluten free. You can also use your crock pot or pressure cooker (instapot) to make you soup.
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
This hearty and healthy homemade chicken noodle soup recipe is the ultimate comfort food. You are guaranteed to feel better after eating this!
- 3 quarts water you can also replace with chicken broth(I use Better than Bouillon)
- 4 tbsp Better than Bouillon chicken concentrate
- 1 tbsp dried oregano
- 1 tbsp dried basil
- 1/2 tbsp dried sage
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 onion finely minced
- 2 stalks of celery finely minced
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 2 chicken breasts
- 1 large potato peeled and cut into small pieces
- 3 carrots peeled and chopped
- 1 pkg grandmas egg noodles
- 1 bag shredded parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
In my Enamel Dutch Oven I fill it with the water and bouillon base. I add the onion, celery, oregano, basil, sage, thyme, garlic, and chicken to the water and turn the burner on medium high heat and bring it all to a boil.
I will turn it to low once it comes to a boil. I then let it cook on the stove on low for about an hour, just to let everything really mix together and create an amazing broth.
Then add the diced potatoes and carrots to the pot and let it cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes.
Add the noodles to the soup and let it cook until to noodles are done. if you choose to use simple wide egg noodles, let the potatoes and carrots cook longer before you add the noodles. If you want the more authentic wide noodles, they do take longer to cook. I don't think I need to explain this but, you know, I am thorough!
This is my favorite cold weather recipe. It is a simple recipe and one I make often. This is pure comfort food. A bowl of chicken noodle soup can fix just about anything, I am sure!
Thats it for today! I hope you will try my homemade chicken noodle soup recipe! Another recipe? Yes, I know I am generally a DIY blog, but I really have a passion for baking and cooking and I want to share more of that with you. I hope you don’t mind!
I hope you enjoy these recipes and make sure to check these great ones out below as well!
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