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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup from Scratch
Homemade chicken noodle soup from scratch isn’t complicated. Once you make it homemade, then you’ll toss out all the cans you might have in your pantry.
Simple Chicken Noodle Soup
This is a simple chicken noodle soup recipe. No doubt you’ll look at the ingredients and directions and think, hummm, that’s really easy. I’m totally in! Actually, French cooking should be easy. Julia taught us that concept. But, I think the key to this french country chicken stock noodle soup is the quality of the ingredients.
Let’s talk about the soup noodles. I used ‘old fashioned extra wide’ egg noodles. The brand I chose was Mrs. Millers Homemade Noodles. I’m sure you can find something similar either at your grocer or by ordering through Amazon where you can buy 6 packages (16 ounces each) for about $30.
I use these noodles with many other recipes too including pasta with bolognese sauce, noodles and cheese, and more. Trust me, it’s worth the extra price and effort because these noodles, or something similar, really taste homemade. They’re thicker and have a huge depth of flavor.
Recipe for Chicken and Noodles
A great recipe for chicken and noodles starts with the liquid. You might ask, is there a difference between chicken stock and chicken broth.
Well, yes there is, and in this recipe I chose stock.
Homemade Chicken Stock
In fact I made my own stock. But you don’t have to do that. You can buy it. An easy way to think about it, and, yes, this is reeeeally simple, is that a broth is made from meat and a stock is made from bones, including many times meat.
The bones, cartilage, and skin add gelatin which gives a richer deeper flavor than just broth. Now, don’t get me wrong, broth will be good, but stock will be better. Better good! If you want more information on stock versus broth, here’s a good article from The Kitchn.
Chicken Noodle Soup Ingredients
Chicken noodle soup ingredients are always best if fresh. But, you can fudge and use frozen. But, only if you must.
With the onions, carrots and celery, fresh. No frozen. If you can manage organic brands, great. If not, wash those veggies well. I mean scrub a dub dub!
Seasonings in Chicken Soup
The main seasonings in this soup are herbs. And, the herbs must be fresh. Nothing dried. I had two taste testers for this soup. Mr. Bill who is a big man who loves to cook and eat. He repaired our docks after Hurricane Matthew, and, Ben, my husband.
When Mr. Bill walked in the house at about 9 am as I was cooking this soup, his first words were, ‘Wow! Something smells really really good!’ Well, as they were tasting the soup, Mr. Bill commented, ‘When I bring the spoon to my mouth, the aroma of those herbs is wonderful!’ Both gave it great reviews, and Mr. Bill said he’d be making it!
Here’re more great recipes for soups and stews. Some with lots of fresh herbs!
Chicken Noodle Soup Canned
Once you start making your chicken noodle soup, you’ll never go back to canned. For the cost of a couple of cans of soup, you can make a pot to feed an Army! It’s going to be healthier, tastier and overall more healing for you!
In a large stock pot over medium heat, put the oil and onions. Sauté about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and continue another 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium low and add the chicken stock, water, salt, pepper and carrots. Stir and blend. Cover with a lid and cook about 25 minutes. Add the celery, thyme and oregano. Blend, cover and cook another 20 minutes. Add the egg noodles, blend, cover and cook another 20-30 minutes or until the noodles are tender. Ready to serve.
In a large stock pot over medium heat, put the oil and onions. Sauté about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and continue another 2 minutes.
Reduce heat to medium low and add the chicken stock, water, salt, pepper and carrots. Stir and blend. Cover with a lid and cook about 25 minutes.
Add the celery, thyme and oregano. Blend, cover and cook another 20 minutes.
Add the egg noodles, blend, cover and cook another 20-30 minutes or until the noodles are tender.
Ready to serve.