The Ultimate Chicken Noodle Soup: A Homemade Delight

Nothing beats the comforting taste of a steaming bowl of Chicken Noodle Soup. And when it’s made from scratch using homemade stock and egg noodles, it takes the experience to a whole new level. You won’t be able to go back to store-bought after tasting the incredible flavor and freshness of this homemade recipe.

A bowl full of homemade chicken noodle soup, with homemade noodles.

This Chicken Noodle Soup is a family favorite that never fails to excite my kids. It’s the perfect dish to bring to friends and neighbors during the cooler seasons, and it always leaves a lasting impression.

Finding the Perfect Noodles

While my mom always used homemade egg noodles, the beauty of this soup lies in its versatility. You can use any type of noodles you prefer. Options include:

  • Homemade Egg Noodles: Made with flour, salt, milk, and eggs, these noodles can be ready in just 5 minutes!
  • Farfalle pasta
  • Elbow macaroni
  • Rotini

The Secret of Homemade Chicken Stock

When it comes to chicken stock, homemade is the way to go. Using a rotisserie chicken, you can make your own stock by repurposing the meat for the soup and extracting the flavorful essence from the carcass and bones. The result is a depth of flavor that store-bought stock simply can’t match.

Making Your Own Chicken Noodle Soup

To create this delectable homemade Chicken Noodle Soup, follow these simple steps:

  1. Prepare Homemade Chicken Stock: Start by making homemade chicken stock using a rotisserie chicken or opt for a good brand of store-bought chicken stock.

  2. Sauté the Veggies: In a large stockpot over medium-high heat, sauté diced celery and carrots in butter for 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook for another 30 seconds.

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Diced celery and carrots cooking in a stock pot.

  1. Add Chicken Stock or Broth: Season the broth with salt, pepper, and a hint of rosemary, sage, and crushed red pepper. Additional chicken or chicken bouillon powder can be added to taste.

Chicken stock spices and bullion added to a pot to make chicken noodle soup.

  1. Add Noodles and Boil: Once the broth is boiling, add the noodles of your choice. Whether it’s the uncooked homemade egg noodles or dry store-bought pasta, cook until the noodles are al dente. Be careful not to overcook store-bought noodles. Remove the pot from heat as soon as the noodles are just tender, as they will continue to cook off the heat.

Homemade egg noodles being added to a pot of chicken stock and veggies.

  1. Add Chicken: Finally, add the chicken meat from the rotisserie chicken. Taste the broth again and adjust seasonings if needed.

Rotisserie chicken being added to a large soup pot of chicken noodle soup.

  1. Serve: Enjoy this hearty and healthy soup with a side of No Knead Bread or homemade rolls for a complete meal. For more variation, try my new Chicken and Dumpling Soup recipe!

The Health Benefits of Chicken Noodle Soup

Homemade chicken noodle soup is not only delicious but also a healthier choice compared to store-bought alternatives. Store-bought soups are often loaded with sodium, artificial flavors, and preservatives. In contrast, homemade soup made with chicken broth or stock, especially when homemade, is rich in vitamins, minerals, and provides soothing nourishment for the body. Even if you opt for store-bought broth and noodles, making your own soup is still a healthier option in every way.

A ladle full of homemade chicken noodle soup lifting it from the soup pot.

Make-Ahead and Freezing Instructions

To make the most out of your homemade soup, here are some helpful tips:

Make ahead: If you’re using homemade egg noodles, it’s best to make the soup ahead of time. Homemade noodles won’t get soggy and overcooked like regular store-bought noodles. If you prefer regular noodles, I recommend making the broth first, and then adding the noodles and chicken on the day of serving.

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Storage: Store the soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4-5 days, depending on the freshness of the chicken used.

Freezing: Allow the soup to cool completely before storing in a freezer-safe container for 2-3 months. Thaw it overnight in the fridge or reheat it over medium heat on the stove. If using store-bought noodles, consider undercooking them slightly before freezing to prevent sogginess upon reheating.

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