Everyone should have a good chicken soup recipe up their sleeve and this Easy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup recipe is a simple way to get a big bowl of comfort made from scratch!
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Is there anything more comforting than a big bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup? I'm pretty sure there isn't. Perhaps that's why they give chicken soup to people when they're sick?
I'm a firm believer that everyone should have a fantastic chicken noodle soup recipe up their sleeve. And not because it's insanely delicious. Not because it's so comforting and warms you up on a cold day. Not even because it's perfect when you're feeling sick.
No, my friends. I think it's important to have a good chicken noodle soup recipe so that you don't have to waste the chicken carcass when you have a whole chicken. Seems silly, right? Bear with me here.
Often, I'll cook a recipe for a whole chicken cut into pieces. Our local grocery store (Wegmans, the second happiest place on earth, after Disney World of course!) has a pretty fantastic butcher counter. They're always happy to break down the raw chicken for me. And they always include that "back bone" that they cut the breast meat off of, or as I call it that carcass (although this is technically a smaller part of the carcass, but again, bear with me).
You guys, when you make homemade broth (or in the this case easy chicken noodle soup) all that great chicken flavor comes from the bones. So why waste it, when you can get an additional meal out of the rest of the chicken, and use up some of the leftovers?
Additionally, if you weren't using the chicken pieces for a different meal, you use those to add even more flavor and provide even more meat for your pot of soup! So really, it's a win/win.
But an even bigger win is the fact that this is really just a super flexible base recipe that you can take in any direction you want. Change up the herbs or the veggies for a totally different flavor profile. Make a ton more or a much smaller amount. The world is your oyster. I want to give you the basics for how to make chicken noodle soup so that you can make it and make it your own.
And PS- it totally freezes well too!
Easy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
- Olive oil cooking spray
- 1 chicken carcass
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1 cup diced carrot
- 1 cup diced celery
- 8 cups water
- 3 sprigs fresh Parsley
- 3 springs fresh Thyme
- 2-3 cloves fresh garlic
- ½ teaspoon black peppercorns
- 1 Parmesan rind optional but amazing!
- 2 cups diced chicken meat
- 2 cups cooked egg noodles cooked to al dente as per package directions
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt or more to taste
- Romano cheese for garnish
- Spray a large heavy bottom dutch oven with cooking spray and heat over medium high heat.
- Brown the chicken carcass on all sides, around 5-6 minutes and remove from the pan.
- Add the onions, carrots and celery and saute for 5-6 minutes to soften and begin caramelizing (reduce the heat if you need to so as not to burn them and stir often).
- Return the carcass to the pan and fill the pan with water (about 6-8 cups). Bring to a boil.
- While you're waiting for the soup to boil, lay out a piece of cheese cloth (around a square foot) and in the middle place the parsley, thyme, garlic cloves and black pepper corns. Roll it up into the cheesecloth and tie the ends together to seal it in and make a small packet. Place this into the water.
- Once it's boiling, reduce the heat to medium low and add the chicken meat and parmesan rind (if you're including it) into the pot.
- Simmer for around one hour (or more), partially covered, stirring periodically. You can add water as needed (or even broth at the end if you really need to).
- Once you're done simmering the soup, remove the carcass, parmesan rind and the herb packet from the pot.
- Add the cooked noodles and salt the soup to taste (make sure you're started with a small amount, stirring it in and tasting. Repeat this process until it's reached the right flavor).
- Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with Romano cheese. Serve with crusty bread.
This soup can last up to a week in the fridge and freezes very well.
If you're concerned about the noodles absorbing the broth, you can always leave them separate and add them to your bowls of soup as you eat them.
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