Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup


Hi everyone! How’d your Monday go? Mine went blazing fast…per usual!

True to my word, I headed to the gym after work, where I knocked out 4 miles in 35 minutes at speeds ranging from 6.5 to 7.3. It was amazing!! It didn’t hurt that I was running to Oprah’s “Don’t Stop Believing” themed episode. If those aren’t words to run to…well, I don’t know what are!

I was extremely excited to get home because thanks to some time spent in the kitchen on Sunday, tonight’s dinner was waiting for ME! Quick story… :)

Although I grew up in Iowa, 90% of my extended family on both my Mom and Dad’s side live in Ohio. Every Christmas and summer break, we’d load up our van, get the travel games out and head east for a family vacation. No matter how many fights us kids got into, or how many hours the traffic set us back – we knew there’d be a pot of gold waiting for us once we reached our final destination: Grandma’s House.

What was this alleged pot of gold? A big bowl of her warm, comforting, soul satisfying Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup – which was waiting for us every single time we arrived, without fail. 100 degrees in July? Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup. Negative 5 degrees in December? HOMEMADE CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP!


It’s her soup recipe that I turn to again and again when the cool weather rolls in, and it just so happens that it tastes even BETTER when you make it ahead of time!

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

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Serves 6

1 Tablespoon butter
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 onion, finely chopped
1 large carrot (or 10 mini carrots), thinly sliced
1 rib celery, chopped
salt & pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 chicken breasts, shredded or cubed
46oz chicken broth*
8 oz frozen egg noodles


  1. Melt butter and olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add onions, carrot, celery, salt & pepper, and saute for 8-10 minutes or until soft. If you feel like you need to add more oil, add a splash of chicken broth instead and cover the pot with a lid so veggies can steam.
  2. Add in minced garlic and saute for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  3. Add chicken and chicken broth, turn the heat up to high and bring the soup to a boil. Add egg noodles and cook for 20-25 minutes, or until noodles are tender. Serve and enjoy!

*If pre-making, let cool then refrigerate. You may need to add in an additional can of chicken broth when re-heating as the egg noodles will have soaked up some broth.

Can you say “Welcome Home”?!


This soup is like a big hug – it’s absolutely, positively one my most favorite things in the world :)


I serve my chicken soup with something my Mom made for us kids all the time growing up – Parmesan Bread. It’s a slice of bread that’s been lightly buttered, sprinkled with garlic powder and parmesan cheese. Broil until golden brown and devour. You’ll never eat regular, old garlic bread again.


If this doesn’t make you smile – I don’t know what will, folks. Give this easy, healthful, MAKE-AHEAD soup, any time you can. You’ll be happy you did :)


OH – maybe you’re curious as to why you’re seeing me eat cooked carrots?? I am insane, and can eat them if I’m preparing the dish and if they’re sliced extreeeeeeeemely thin. FYI. Odd, I know :)

Also – if you have a free moment tonight, check out this video made by a friend of mine. She needs your “5 star” vote in order to win some caaaaash money, baby! So help a sister out and vote, why don’t ya’!


Do you have any foods or dishes that have sentimental value for you? Any recipes that have been passed down to you?

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  1. Mary Ann 10.05.2009

    That looks so good! I’ve been on a total soup cook lately, red bean soup and roasted veggie soup in the last two weeks. I’ve never heard of frozen egg noodles, is there a specific brand you like or place to buy them? They look awesome!

  2. Balance for MEre 10.05.2009

    That looks so good! I’ve gotten in a habit of making a soup each week or 2. I am adding this one to the list of soups to make. It looks great!

  3. Evan Thomas 10.05.2009

    Those noodles alone look sooo thick and comforting

  4. Lizzy 10.05.2009

    Grandma is a rockstar! this recipe is amazing and i can already tell its going to taste AMAZING! :)

  5. angieinatlanta 10.05.2009

    Holy yum! Your soup looks amazing! I love family recipes; they always taste extra comforting!

  6. My family has two dishes that i love and request everytime I visit. One is welshmans mess and old family recipe of bacon, sharp cheese, tomatoes, onions and elbows. My mom and I have healthified it and it still tastes yummy :-)

    We also make welsh cookies which are like a tea biscuit that is grilled not baked. So yummy and reminds me of christmas at grandmas. She even shipped them to me at college and I made them in Spain while studying abroad.

  7. Lindsay 10.05.2009

    That looks so good! I love thick noodles like that!

  8. Stephanie 10.05.2009

    My nanny’s (grandma) Polish recipes are near and dear to my heart and we have them each holiday… pierogies w/ green onions & melted butter, sauerkraut with noodles, sweet potato/pineapple/marshmallow casserole (3 ingredients = so easy, so good). I think of her every Christmas holiday when my mom and I make these together :)

  9. Weekly Bite 10.05.2009

    That soup does look great! Very comforting indeed!!

  10. Kaytee 10.05.2009

    I love your soup recipe and I REALLY love the simple bread idea. I have to try that.

  11. Mikael 10.05.2009

    Hmmm! That looks amazing! My grandma’s stroganoff recipe is my kicker. I can always go back for seconds… and thirds… and foursies if there’s enough food! I try not to but its so hard to resist. My dad made some last week :)

  12. Anne K. 10.05.2009

    That meal looks like ultimate comfort food! Especially with that yummy bread.

    My mom’s homemade chili and my uncles pierogies have sentimental value for me :) Those pirogies are sooo good–he makes them completely from scratch! We often have them at our family gatherings.

  13. emily 10.05.2009

    When I was a little kid and my dad worked two jobs he would always share his dinner with me before he went to his night shift. I always think of that when I eat tuna fish sandwiches on rye bread :)

  14. Heather 10.05.2009

    I absolutely love my Mom’s turkey soup – it is one of the most ultimate comfort foods for me. Every Christmas I ask her for some frozen turkey soup to enjoy all year round…

  15. Leianna 10.05.2009

    Soup looks really great, especially in this coldness of Iowa!
    Parmesean bread looks heavenly too.

  16. Michelle 10.05.2009

    Your post has inspired me to stop drinking my soup from cans! hahah Which i totally did tonight. I’m loving the looks of your noodles…they look kind of like al dente udon noodles to me. :) yummmmm

    P.s. I’m hosting a Zen Soy soy milk and pudding giveaway, so if you’re interested, do swing by!!!

  17. Devan G Newman 10.05.2009

    chicken soup is so warming.

    my comfort soup is tomato. it always makes me think of my mom :)

  18. Katie 10.06.2009

    I grew up with goulash. yumm-o! Ours was a can or 2 of stewed tomatoes, a can of corn, beans, peas, carrots, an onion, hamburger, egg noodles, and salt & pepper. so good! all of the veggies were from our garden and canned by us, I think that’s what made it even better!

  19. That soup looks so good!!! I keep seeing soup on all the blogs and want some now……think I am going to make my Homemade Hamburger Vegetable Soup this weekend, yummy!

    =) Laura @ Finding A Healthy Balance

  20. I cannot wait to try your chicken noodle soup, it looks delectable!

    Our family always makes biscuits & gravy every Christmas morning. It’s simple, comforting and no one makes it like my Mom. When I moved away from home she gave me the recipe, you would have thought I got a new car I was so excited. It is definitely not the best thing for you health-wise, but it is the best thing to make me feel like I’m home.

  21. That soup and that bread look so heart-warming!

  22. Kim 10.12.2009

    Thanks for this recipe! I’ve always ended up with very bland chicken noodle soup and this one is anything but! I did put a little salt and pepper in it but just a tad and it’s amazing! It made enough for 4 little lunch sized containers which is perfect! That way I have enough for a short rotation of freezer meals but not so much that I’ll get burned out!

    Anyway, as always, your website is great! Thanks for sharing all of your little tricks and delicious recipes!

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  25. Arati 12.14.2009

    Hi Kristin,
    I tried preparing the soup per the above recipe. I added everything as you mentioned and put in 24 oz oz of chicken broth. By the time the noodles cooked (medium heat) all the broth evaporated. I have now kept it at that and plan to add more broth after getting from the store tomorrow. Do you think I did something wrong?


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    Intriguing, I’ve not even heard about this…

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  31. Tiffany 11.15.2011

    BEST. CHICKEN. NOODLE. SOUP. EVER! I stumbled onto your website looking for a recipe a couple weeks ago and first on the results page was a local IA girls website. Been addicted ever since. I’ve made a few recipes and have not been disappointed yet. Bacon mac and cheese is favorite so far. I love the fact Its all local for me, kind of like anothers point of view into Des Moines!

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  33. Loved this post so much that I featured the recipe on my blog. Family memories make recipes so much better… so we made this recipe, and my daughter and I even made our own homemade noodles to make it more fun!
    This is a Great chicken noodle soup that is quick, easy, and flavorful. thanks again. -Heather
    Check out my post here: http://itsyummytomytummy.blogspot.com/2012/01/chicken-noodle-soup-with-fun-shaped.html

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  35. Jessica 08.30.2012

    I just made this for supper tonight it is the best chicken noodle soup i have ever had! My family loved it also! From one Iowa girl to another thank you for this wonderful recipe!

  36. Ashley 09.01.2012

    Should the chicken be cooked before step 3? I am assuming so, but I’d like to be sure! Thank you–looks good!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 09.04.2012

      It will actually poach in the hot broth. Just make sure the chicken is cut into small, bite-sized pieces!

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  39. Michaela 10.04.2013

    I made this tonight, both the soup and Parmesan toast. My family loved it, especially my four year old who was not excited about the idea of soup. This is a keeper!

  40. Sara 11.09.2013

    This soup has pretty much gotten me through every trimester of my pregnancy! I’m in my 37th week now, and making this to freeze for when baby girl gets here. It is so, so good. Thanks for this recipe!

  41. Julie 01.09.2015

    I don’t know why, but I’ve always been a little bit intimidated by soups. I guess I figured why go to all that effort when I could just open a can, & it would be just as good. Well, wrong & wrong! I made this for Xmas this year & it was a BIG hit & SO EASY! Planning to make it again this wknd & lots more in the future. SOOOO yummy! Now I’m inspired to try more soup recipes. Thanks!

    • Kristin 01.10.2015

      Awww, yes! I am so glad to hear that! Soups are one of my absolute favorite things to make from scratch because they taste so much better than canned. Glad you are inspired to try more! :)

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