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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

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At $3.60 a bowl, nothing warms the heart more than a hearty bowl of Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup! This is my go-to soup during cold and flu season. Plus this soup is the ultimate comfort food with its rich, nourishing broth that instantly warms your soul. Enjoy a bowl with its depth of flavor bringing in the undertone of sweetness from the roasted root vegetables. You will not want to stop eating this soup! Read on for step by step instructions and make ahead tips!

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Making the Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

  1. Heat Olive Oil: Letโ€™s start making our soup. In a large soup pot add and heat the Olive Oil,
  2. Add Celery and Onions: Next add the diced celery and onions cooking until tender.
  3. Chicken Broth: Now we are going to make the Chicken Broth. Add the Chicken Broth, chopped Chicken, salt, pepper, bay leaves, and basil simmering for 45-minutes
  4. Roasted Root Vegetables: While the chicken broth is simmering, roast the vegetables to bring out their delicious natural sweet flavors.
  5. Add Vegetables to Soup Broth: Once roasted, add to the soup broth and simmer for about another 45-minutes to introduce their natural sweetness into the broth.
  6. Soup Noodles: Make the soup noodles in a separate pan according to the package instructions. As a tip, do not add the noodles to the soup pot because they often soak up all the broth when stored in the refrigerator! Store the cooked noodles in a small bowl with some chicken broth.
  7. Serving the Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup: When ready to serve ladle the soup into each serving bowl adding desired amount of cooked soup noodles. Gently stir the noodles into the soup and then top with freshly chopped flat leaf parsley. Look at the beautiful, bright, rich, healthy colors of the root vegetables and parsley! I instantly feel healthier after enjoying a bowl of Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup!

How to Roast the Root Vegetables

Roasted vegetables brings out their natural flavors adding another dimension to this soup including a natural sweet undertone from the parsnips. You can make the Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup without roasting the vegetables but there is a noticeable difference in the flavor introduced by the roasted vegetables.

  1. Preheat Oven: Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Prepare Roasting Pan: Line a roasting pan with foil for easy clean-up or spray a casserole pan with non-stick spray. The vegetables will brown using either method.
  3. Roast the Vegetables: Place sliced or chopped vegetables tossed in Olive Oil in the prepared roasting pans baking for 30 to 40 minutes.  Flip the vegetables part way through roasting for even cooking. The Sweet Potatoes do start to fall apart; but do not be concerned as they will add a wonderful roasted flavor to the soup. The aroma of roasted root vegetables will make you hungry filling your home with a warm, cozy feeling.
  4. Add to Soup: Once tender, add to the soup allowing their natural sweet flavors blend with the Chicken Noodle Soup broth.

Making the Chicken Noodle Soup Broth

A wonderful benefit of making your own soup is enjoying the old fashion aroma of Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup as it fills the kitchen! Plus the broth is super easy to make. Use a quality Chicken Broth since it forms the foundation of this soup. My preference is Pacific Foods Organic Free Range Chicken Broth that adds depth of flavor with sea salt and seasonings. I love the rich color and taste of this Chicken Broth over the cheaper versions. Adding the Rotisserie Chicken and additional seasonings to the Chicken Broth and allowing it to simmer just improves the overall flavor profile. Alternatively you could make your own chicken broth then using the chicken from the broth for the soup! (As a side note, my recommendations are not paid endorsements. I am simply sharing my preference.)

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup side view
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Does Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Boost Your Immune System?

My selection of root vegetables, including sweet potatoes, for my Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is based upon Grandma’s Recipe. I like how the grandmother placed all the vegetables in a food processor to chop them finely so ensure all her children received their nutrients. Do you ever wonder if Chicken Noodle soup really helps boost your immune system or if its warmth is just comforting when one is sick? I did some research and found a fascinating study from the University of Nebraska Medical Center Physician and Researcher Stephen Rennard, M.D. Grandmaโ€™s Recipe was used as part of his study and inspired me to change my approach to Chicken Noodle Soup! Personally, I am healthier when enjoying this wonderful soup during cold and flu season. 

What Noodles Should I use?

Any style soup noodles that are thin are perfect for this soup. My preference is Barilla Fideo Cut Spaghetti noodles. You can see in the picture on the right that the noodles mimic our childhood favorite Chicken Noodle Soup out of a box. However, if you prefer a thicker noodle such as egg noodles, feel free to use them. It might be a good idea to have extra Chicken Stock if you add the noodles to the soup. When storing in the refrigerator, noodles often soak up some of the broth.

3 Make Ahead Tips

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup can easily be made and served within the same day. However, sometimes it is nice to break up the steps as a time saver. 

  1. Using Rotisserie Chicken is a definite time saver.
  2. Roast the vegetables a day early to reduce clean up time of those roasting pans.
  3. Chop the onions and celery a day before allowing you to start the Chicken Broth without any preparation.
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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup side view in a black bowl with a spoon

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

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At $3.60 a bowl, enjoy a hearty bowl of Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup! The roasted root vegetables brings in their natural undertone of sweetness.
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
servings
Calories: 176kcal
Author: Bernice
Cost: $3.60 a bowl

Equipment

  • Cutting board and knife
  • Large soup pot
  • Roasting Pan
  • Small saucepan

Ingredients

Soup Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Celery diced
  • 1 cup Celery sliced at an angle
  • 12 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 Large Sweet Onion diced
  • 1 tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 4 cups Rotisserie Chicken chopped
  • 4 Bay Leaves
  • 1 tbsp Basil

Roasted Vegetable Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 cups Parsnips chopped
  • 2 cups Turnips chopped
  • 2 cups Carrots chopped
  • 2 cups Sweet Potatoes chopped

Topping Ingredients

  • 2 cups Soup Noodles such as Filini pasta or Fideo Cut Spaghetti
  • Flat-Leaf Parsley chopped

Instructions

Soup Broth Instructions

  • Heat Olive Oil in a large soup pan and sautรฉ the chopped onions for a few minutes.
  • Add the diced and sliced celery cooking for a few minutes.
  • Add chicken broth, chicken, salt, pepper, bay leaves, and basil.
  • Cover and bring to a gentle boil and then lower heat to simmer for about 45-minutes.

Roast Vegetables Instructions

  • While the soup broth is simmering, preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Line or spray a roasting pan.
  • Shake the chopped vegetables with Olive Oil.
  • Place into the prepared roasting pan.
  • Bake uncovered for 30 – 40 minutes flipping the vegetables at least once for even cooking.

Chicken Noodle Soup Instructions

  • Once the vegetables are roasted, add to the soup broth.
  • Simmer, covered for about 45-minutes.

Topping Instructions

  • In a small saucepan, make the soup noodles according to package.
  • When serving the soup, add desired amount of noodles to the bowl.
  • Top with freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley.

Recipe Notes

Calories are approximate based upon serving size and ingredients added. Cost per serving can vary based upon price of ingredients.
Tips
  1. My preference is to make the soup noodles separately and add them to the soup as it is being served. I do not add the noodles directly to the soup pot because they often soak up all the broth when stored in the refrigerator! Store the cooked noodles in a small bowl with some chicken broth.
  2. Using Rotisserie Chicken is a definite time saver.
  3. Roast the vegetables a day early to reduce clean up time of those roasting pans.
  4. Chop the onions and celery a day before allowing you to start the Chicken Broth without any preparation
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Amount Per Serving (12 servings)
Calories 176 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 1629mg71%
Potassium 608mg17%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 6816IU136%
Vitamin C 27mg33%
Calcium 55mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

26 comments

    1. Thank you! Roasting the root veggies adds another dimension to this delicious soup. Plus it is great for boosting your immune system. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

    1. Thank you! The roasted vegetables makes a significant difference. I made this soup without roasting the vegetables and it was not the same. Sometimes I will roast them a day earlier to break up the steps a bit.

    1. Thank you so much Jennifer for letting me know! I made it once without roasting the vegetables and it was not the same. So happy you enjoyed the soup!! Makes my day!

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