Food for the Soul: Chicken Noodle Soup

Homemade Soup to me is soul satisfying.  I crave it.  I could probably eat it everyday without complaint. There is a connection to soup that runs deep.  You can make soup out of most anything, and that means  everyone can eat it, it is not an exclusive meal.  The most basic soups can provide comfort and nourishment to our bodies.

There is a conversation about eating soup that takes place at my house year round.  There is one side that insists that soup can only be enjoyed during the cooler months. The other side insists that soup is a can be enjoyed any day, anytime.  No one in my family wins the argument, we simply move to our respective corners with heels dug in deep.

Since North Florida is experiencing cooler temperatures (not autumn worthy temperatures) I have jumped on my soup making bandwagon…Drum roll, please……to the eye roll of my husband.  He does not want soup for dinner, at least not yet.  He is waiting for February, when he is cold and soup warms him.  Me?  I am ready to head out in our perceived cooler temperatures, and get rocking.

I am coming out of the gate with a really simple chicken noodle soup.  A few ingredients, a simmer on the stove, and it is ready.  If you have homemade chicken stock or want to make the effort, it is worth your time.  If not, a good store bought stock will work fine.

Chicken Noodle Soup
Serves 6
Recipe adapted from Ina Garten

1 whole chicken (2 split) chicken breast, bone-in, skin on
Olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper
2 quarts chicken stock
1 cup medium-diced celery (2 stalks)
1 cup medium-diced carrots ( 3 carrots)
2 cups wide egg noodles or other hearty pasta
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Place the chicken breast on a sheet pan and rub the skin with olive oil.  Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.  Roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until cooked through.  When cool enough to handle, remove the meat from the bones, discard the skin, and shred or dice the chicken meat.
Bring the chicken stock to a simmer in a large pot and add the celery, carrots and noodles.  Simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes, until the noodles are cooked.  Add the cooked chicken meat and parsley and heat through.

38 thoughts on “Food for the Soul: Chicken Noodle Soup

  1. I love soup, any time of year. Hot, cold…doesn't matter. I jumped on the bandwagon, too, last week– amidst 80 degree weather. Gotta love a hearty chicken noodle soup. The best!


  2. A couple weeks ago we woke up to temps barely above freezing (way too cold for KY this time of year). The first thing I thought of when my feet hit the cold floor was making chicken noodle soup, Paula Deen's recipe. It was good, but not my favorite. I bet Ina hits the nail on the head perfectly. This looks gorgeous!


  3. Nothing better than home-made chicken soup and with the pasta in this, it really is a meal in one. On the menu for the cold that is supposed to arrive for next week. Thanks Diane


  4. Dear Velva,Lovely to find your blog – and many thanks for stopping by at mine:) I loved your soup and recipes – I am very much a soup kind of person, and in Turkish cuisine, it is a major staple – they are always welcome : ) Yours is very much heart and soul warming too 🙂 Will give your blog a link and mine and look forward to visiting again.Cheers, Ozlem


  5. My sister is the soup-maker in our family, but I do make it once in a while and always like to have some in the freezer. This looks wonderful, Velva. Chock full of goodies and very comforting.


  6. Oh i love the noodles you used for your soup and I am just like you- texas is by no means cold or even cool but we are cooler than normal for now and I am already pulling out all my soup recipes. this chicken noodle looks amazing


  7. Dear Velva, A delicious chicken soup was my father's favorite meal. Chicken soup holds a special place in my heart. It is a healthy and delicious meal served with a nice loaf of bread to dip. Wonderful! I am looking forward to the cooler weather too. Blessings dearest. Catherine xoxo


  8. Funny, we hit soup mode this week too. Last night the hot wing soup and tonight, homemade mushroom soup. The temps were under 50f and it was rainy and I LOVED it.Maybe chicken soup tomorrow night? 🙂


  9. What a great way to kick off the soup season. We eat Sunday soup all fall and winter, but fall is a little late in arriving in our neck of the woods this year.MImi


  10. i feel like this is the 50th chicken noodle soup i've seen today–i guess it really is that time of year! of all i've seen, this is one of the finest. 🙂


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