Growing up, soup was a Sunday staple. It brings back memories of relaxing weekends and family all together. And now I find soup such a comforting meal. It is like a warm hug in a bowl. I love to make my homemade chicken noodle soup when I am feeling down. I will also make a big batch when someone in my house feels like they are coming down with a cold. In fact, my husband requests it every time he gets sick. And he feels better every time after eating this soup.
The key to getting the most health benefits from this soup is using a homemade chicken stock. Any time that I have a chicken carcass I will use it to make a large pot of stock. Then I fill mason jars with this liquid gold and put them in the freezer. (You just have to ensure you do not fill it to the top or your mason jars will break when the stock freezes). But if you do not have any homemade stock, this recipe works great with store bought broth as well!
Serving Suggestions for Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
When I serve this as a meal, I love to have sandwiches on the side. A tasty BLT or a hearty sandwich with all of the fixings! Or a simple bread with butter is great when you are feeling a little under the weather. And of course, crackers are always a great choice when it comes to soup – dip them or throw them right in (which person are you? A dipper or a soggy cracker type? I prefer to dip, my children enjoy throwing them all in and eating them soggy).
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
- 10 cups Chicken Stock, preferably homemade
- 1½ cups Carrots, diced (about 3 carrots)
- ¾ cup Celery, diced (about 2 stalks)
- ¾ cup Onion, diced (1 medium onion)
- 2 cloves Garlic, minced
- 1 tsp Ginger, freshly grated
- Salt & Pepper, to taste
- 1½ cups Chicken Breast, cooked and diced (about 2 chicken breasts)
- ½-¾ cup Dry Noodles
- In a large pot over medium heat add the chicken stock, carrots, celery, onions, garlic and ginger. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- In the last 10 – 15 minutes, add the chicken breast and the dry noodles. Simmer until the noodles are soft.
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