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Classic Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken noodle soup is something I never considered making until I first saw this recipe on my friend Tara’s blog last year. I hated this type of soup as a child, but that can most certainly be blamed on the fact that I never had a homemade version until I made this one a few days ago. Eric and I have both been mildly sick for the past week, and this soup was exactly what we needed to feel better.

This soup is a far cry from the canned variety. It has everything the canned kind lacks – flavor, color, freshness, texture. Since it was unseasonably cool in Virginia last weekend, this meal turned out to be just the comfort food we were looking for. Even with store bought chicken stock this soup still had an enormous amount of flavor, which is pretty crazy considering its total cooking time is less than half an hour. I can’t wait to try it again with homemade stock, and I know we’ll be making this several more times once winter hits. With minimal ingredients and time, this soup is perfect for a busy weeknight (or, you know, a weekend night where you want nothing more than to snuggle under the blanket on the couch and watch How I Met Your Mother).

Chicken Noodle Soup

Classic Chicken Noodle Soup
Serves 4

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 stalks celery, medium-diced (1 cup)
3 carrots, medium-diced (1 cup)
3/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 quarts chicken stock
2 cups wide egg noodles
2-3 cups cooked shredded chicken
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Directions:
In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the celery, carrots, salt and pepper and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened. Pour in the stock and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the noodles and cook for 10 minutes, then add the chicken and parsley. Continue cooking until the chicken is heated through and serve immediately.

As seen on Smells Like Home, originally from Barefoot Contessa Family Styleby Ina Garten


  • http://aplacetoreside.blogspot.com Marilyn

    Ha! You just described my ideal weeknight AND weekend night. :-)

  • http://tideandthyme.com Laura

    You poor, poor thing. Thank God you came into the light! Homemade soup is the only way to go. Sooo good for you too. Yours looks delicious! I like to keep mine simple like this. Chicken, noodles, carrots, and parsley. Yum!

  • http://sotastysoyummy.blogspot.com katie

    Sorry to hear that you weren’t feeling well, but I am glad that this soup made you feel better.

  • Madison Chloe Marie

    I think it’s the chicken broth that gives us that pick up we need to avoid/ get over a cold, flu, I would love to research this, but what a lovely modernized version, it’s beautiful, colorful not like the greyish stuff that comes in a can.

  • myFudo

    just the perfect remedy to help me kick off my flu, sorry to hear you were sick too hope the soup helped you too. It looks great, wish I could have it right now.

  • http://www.foodiebride.com Shawnda

    I can’t wait ’til it’s cold enough to make gigantic pots of soup again! Your photo is gorgeous – the colors are beautiful.

    • Courtney

      Thanks so much! We had a cold snap here, and it was like a tease. I’m ready for it to come back.

  • http://heywhocutthecheese.blogspot.com/ Lauren @ hey, who cut the cheese?

    Looks delicious! I’m so glad that fall is nearly (officially) here. It makes me want to cook big pots of soup just like this all the time. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jen

    Found this yesterday and just made it. My hubby and kids are sick making this the perfect recipe. Thanks!!

  • http://vanillalemonade.com/ Vanilla Lemonade

    Can you ever beat a homestlye chicken noodle soup- so hearty, so satisfying… Tommorow’s dinner!