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This is literally the BEST chicken noodle soup full of chicken, sliced carrots, celery, and tender wide noodles. A classic homemade soup seasoned and cooked to perfection. It’s the perfect warm and comforting soup for the winter!
The BEST Chicken Noodle Soup
This is literally the BEST chicken noodle soup recipe EVER! The flavoring is absolutely incredible, and the ingredients are simple. Colder days are here and still ahead of us, and you know a good chicken noodle soup is going to be needed to get you through. This soup is perfect because it’s so hearty and filled with chunks of chicken, thick slices of vegetables, and all the flavor you can imagine with simple and easy ingredients.
Homemade chicken noodle soup is made for those days when you are sick and just need some comfort food to fill you up and warm your core. When I make this soup, my entire family loves it, and I know that yours will too! Pair this soup with easy no-knead bread, my Grandma’s homemade bread, or these rolls, and you’re all set! Trust me when I say that you will want to double this recipe to have more often than not this winter season.
Ingredients to Make Chicken Noodle Soup
This chicken noodle soup is just what you need this winter season. Everything is so simple to throw together and perfect for that leftover chicken! See the recipe card at the bottom of the post for exact ingredient measurements.
- Olive oil: Olive oil is great for sautéing your vegetables and making sure that they don’t stick.
- Carrots: Slice these up as thick as you prefer.
- Celery: You can cut these up into larger or smaller slices, depending on your preference. My kids always like all the vegetables chopped up into tiny pieces!
- Onion: Chop this onion up into pieces that are the same size so that it cooks evenly.
- Garlic Cloves: If you don’t have any fresh garlic cloves on hand then you can use minced garlic. 1/2 teaspoon equals about 1 clove of garlic.
- Thyme: Fresh thyme stems really add a deep flavor to the broth.
- Salt and pepper: You only need a pinch to have these make an impact.
- Chicken broth: The chicken broth adds a lot of depth and flavor to the base of the soup.
- Egg noodles: Using egg noodles that are thick will help to soak up the broth when eating.
- Chicken: You can use the leftover chicken that you have on hand. Or make it easy on yourself and grab a rotisserie chicken from the store and shred that up to put in this recipe!
- Parsley: The parsley pairs well with the thyme creating a very flavorful seasoning.
How to Make Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken noodle soup comes together quickly and effortlessly with these few steps. Simply sauté your vegetables, add broth and noodles, then simmer with your leftover chicken- it is that simple! You will have a quick and easy dinner within 20 minutes.
- Sauté Vegetables and Seasonings: In a large pot over medium-high heat, add the olive oil, carrots, celery, and onion. Sauté until tender 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic, fresh thyme, and salt and pepper and sauté for 1 minute more.
- Add Broth and Noodles: Pour in the chicken broth and egg noodles and bring to a boil on high heat. Reduce to a simmer and let the noodles cook until al dente for about 10 minutes.
- Add Chicken and Simmer Until Ready to Serve: Add in the chicken, and fresh parsley right before serving and continue to simmer until the chicken is heated throughout. Salt and pepper additionally to taste.
Variations to Try
I love my chicken noodle soup simple with just a few ingredients and flavorings. But here are more adventurous ways of making chicken noodle soup recipes! Substitute or add in to make this chicken noodle soup recipe your own.
- Oil: Instead of oil you can use butter to sauté the vegetables.
- Vegetables: Spinach, green beans, peas, zucchini, canned tomatoes, corn, or even potatoes are some things to try.
- Seasoning: Try adding or substituting any herbs for fresh or dry.
- Meat: Leftover meat is always best and trying turkey, variations of chicken, or shredded ham is always great.
- Broth: Switch out your chicken broth for turkey broth or bone broth for different variations.
- Noodles: Tortellini, bowtie pasta, small shell pasta, or even spaghetti noodles are great to have if you don’t have egg noodles on hand.
This chicken noodle soup recipe is simple and easy to make. And then, what is even better is how quickly and easily it all comes together and tastes AMAZING! With these simple-to-use tips, you will have one fantastic chicken noodle soup! You will have your family and friends asking for more because it is one of the BEST chicken noodle soup recipes out there.
- Cut Veggies In Advance: To plan ahead, cut up your vegetables the night before or the morning before cooking. That way it just takes minutes to put everything in the pot.
- Larger Slices: Avoid your vegetables from getting soft and mushy by cutting them larger if you plan to simmer or use a slow cooker.
- Use a Slow Cooker: Use a slow cooker for cooking your chicken noodle soup. Follow the recipe just leave out your noodles until ready to serve.
- Thicker Soup: To thicken your soup, add starch like flour or cornstarch. In a separate bowl, add about one tablespoon mixed with water and then continue to add more depending on the thickness and consistency you are looking for. If you plan to thicken your soup don’t add the flour or cornstarch directly into the soup. It will clump up and won’t work to thicken the broth.
- Add More Broth: As your noodles sit in the broth it will continue to absorb the broth and you will need to add more when warming up again.
Storing Leftover Soup
I love to double my chicken noodle soup recipe to have for now and then store it in the freezer. It will be the one soup everyone is raving about this winter season! It makes it perfect for warming up on cold winter days or when I know someone is not feeling well.
- In the Refrigerator: Follow the recipe and let cool completely. Once your chicken noodle soup is cooled, place it in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. When reheating you may need to add in more broth.
- In the Freezer: Yes, this chicken noodle soup will freeze well. Follow the directions for making the chicken noodle soup except skip adding in the noodles. Allow the chicken noodle soup to cool completely. Place in a ziplock bag and lay flat in the freezer. Make sure that you label the bag with the date! This will last in the freezer for about one month. When ready to warm up you can thaw it overnight in the refrigerator.
- To Reheat: When you are ready to eat you can reheat it on the stove or in the microwave and add in the noodles at this time. As your noodles sit in the broth it will continue to absorb the broth and you will need to add more when warming up again.
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Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 large carrots sliced
- 4 celery stalks sliced
- 1 small onion diced
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 2 Tablespoons fresh thyme stems removed
- salt and pepper
- 10 cups chicken broth
- 12 ounce wide egg noodles
- 2 cups shredded chicken
- 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley
- In a large pot over medium-high heat, add the olive oil, carrots, celery, and onion. Sauté until tender 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic, fresh thyme, salt, and pepper, and sauté for 1 minute more.
- Pour in the chicken broth and egg noodles and bring to a boil on high heat. Reduce to a simmer and let the noodles cook until al dente for about 10 minutes.
- Add in the chicken, and fresh parsley right before serving and continue to simmer until the chicken is heated throughout. Salt and pepper added to taste.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.