Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup from scratch just like my mom taught me. This soup is healthy and perfect for a cold winter night or when you’re feeling sick. The best kind of comfort food there is.
Chicken noodle soup was something that was on our dinner table pretty much every Sunday, while growing up. My mom would always make it from scratch, there was no question about it. The idea of ordering take out or making it from a mix or something was unheard of. It actually still is with her. Chicken soup must be made from scratch. And for that you need a whole chicken. My mom always uses a whole chicken to make the soup and then takes the chicken and roasts it in the oven with some potatoes. This way she’d stretch the chicken to make 2 great dishes. Yep, that was our Sunday dinner and it was delicious.
Even to this day when I think of what to make for dinner on Sundays, chicken noodle soup with roasted chicken and potatoes is what always comes to mind. But enough rambling and going down memory lane. Let’s talk homemade chicken noodle soup.
I still like to make mine with a whole chicken, but the one thing I do different now is I take the meat from the chicken and add it back to the soup for a heartier soup which is more of what I call American style versus Romanian chicken noodle soup, which is basically clear chicken broth with noodles and carrots. It depends how much chicken you add to your soup, but if you have any leftover, like the drumsticks or something you can roast them, though that’s never a problem at my house. I have a dog who is more than happy to eat the leftovers.
Chicken noodle soup is actually quite easy to make. You basically want to add the chicken to a big soup pot and fill it with enough water to at least cover the chicken, add carrots, celery, and an onion, and boil everything for about an hour. Make sure there’s enough water though, because as this starts boiling it will evaporate a bit. As soon as the water starts to boil you will notice a yucky foam start to form on top of the broth. You will want to remove that using a skimmer, and you’ll want to do this until there’s no more. This will ensure that you have a nice and clear soup. I also add the carrots, celery and onion unchopped, and then take them out of the broth once the chicken is cooked, and just chop up the carrots and celery to add back to the soup. I leave the onion out, I basically just add it for flavor. This is what my mom always did.
You then take the chicken out and shred the meat, as much you want, add it back to the soup pot and add the noodles too. You can use whatever noodles you prefer, I usually add egg noodles but any sort of pasta works. At this point you can season it with salt and pepper and my mom always adds Vegeta which I’ve talked about in the Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup recipe, which is basically a flavor enhancer made from vegetables. It’s used a lot in Europe, especially to flavor soups. However, you don’t have to use Vegeta, you can use a chicken bouillon cube or just skip this and just use salt and pepper, there should be enough depth to this soup already.
That’s all there basically is to my revised version of my mom’s chicken noodle soup. Trust me this is perfect for those cold winter nights, or when you’re feeling sick. It really is the best comfort food.
Love this soup? Try these:
- For a Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup check this recipe.
- Chicken and Dumplings
- Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup
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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
- 1 whole chicken with skin and bones (mine was about 4 lbs)
- 2 medium carrots peeled
- 1 medium onion skin removed
- 2 stalks celery
- 4 quarts water
- 2 cups egg noodles dry, about 4 oz
- 1 chicken bullion cube or 1 tbsp vegeta
- 1 tsp salt or to taste
- 1 tsp pepper or to taste
- 1/4 cup parsley fresh, chopped
- Wash the chicken and remove the bag of gizzards from the inside. Place the chicken in a big soup pot, you'll need at least a 5 qt pot, and add enough water to cover the chicken. Add the whole onion, whole carrots and celery sticks to the pot. Make sure there's enough water to cover the vegetables. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Once it comes to a boil, you will notice a dirty foam floating around the top of the pot, use a skimmer to skim that out. This will ensure that you get a clear soup. Keep skimming the foam until there's no more left. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover with a lid and cook for about 1 hour, the carrots should be fork tender and the chicken cooked through, and almost falling off the bone.
- Carefully remove the chicken from the soup pot and let it cool for a few minutes until it's cool enough so that you can pull the meat from it. Remove the carrots, celery and onion from the soup pot as well.
- If you have too much broth in the pot you can now ladle some out to a jar or airtight container for later use and store it in the fridge.
- Chop up the carrots and celery and add it back to the soup.
- Shred some meat from the chicken, I used the meat from half the chicken, but feel free to use all the meat, especially if you have a lot of broth, then add the shredded chicken back to the soup pot.
- Add the dry noodles to the pot, and the chicken bouillon or vegeta. Taste for seasoning and adjust with salt and pepper as needed.
- Cook for another 5 to 10 minutes until noodles are cooked through. Be careful to not add too many noodles because as the soup sits they will expand and soak up a lot of the broth.
- Garnish with parsley and serve.
Originally posted April, 2011.