Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Homemade (sort of) Chicken Noodle Soup

OK, so I didn’t actually make the noodles myself or use the bird bones to create a broth. In fact, I didn't even COOK the chicken, but this is still homemade in my opinion because I didn’t pop open that red and white can and pour it into a saucepan. 

I got the base for this recipe from my Better Homes and Gardens Breast Cancer Awareness Cookbook, but I didn’t have the time to let it simmer the full 2 hours like they recommended, so I took a few shortcuts.

I don’t know why I haven’t been making homemade chicken noodle soup all this time.  I think it’s because my grandmother sets the bar high with her delicious homemade chicken noodle soup, and to be quite honest . . . I’ve been too scared to make it myself.

This actually turned out really yummy and I’m so glad I took the leap to try and make it.  Next time, I might even get bold enough to cook the bird myself and make my own broth. 

Homemade (Sort of) Chicken Noodle Soup—adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Breast Cancer Awareness Cookbook

  •  1 cooked rotisserie chicken (or, feel free to cook your own bird)
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 cans chicken broth (I used Swanson, all natural)
  • 2 c. water
  • 2 TBSP parsley 
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 c. pasta (the recipe called for 1 1/2 c., but I like a lot of noodles in mine--we used egg noodles)

  1. Tear meat off of chicken.  Set aside.
  2. Cut up veggies and place them in a large stock pot or dutch oven.  Cook on medium heat until semi-soft (about 8-10 minutes).
  3. Meanwhile, in a large pan, boil pasta as directed on box.
  4. Once veggies are soft, add chicken broth, water, chicken, parsley and bay leaf.  Cover and bring to a boil.  
  5. Drain pasta and add noodles to chicken broth/veggie mix.  Keep covered and let boil 10 minutes, or until heated through and veggies are soft.
  6. Remove bay leaf.  Add salt, if desired.


  1. Congradulations on the soup! We are big soup eater here.
    I often use a rotisserie chicken. Just one hint- I never put the noodles in my soup. They end up getting soggy. I make them and keep them in a seperate bowl. When it is tiime to serve, I put the noodles in the bottom of the bowl and add hot soup.

    Yummy recipe!

  2. Granny would be proud :) Looks Yummy!

  3. That is homemade to me! I made Paula Deen's broccoli casserole last night and it was delish. I need to add a few extras to it but it was yummy.


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