Quick Chicken Noodle Soup

Quick Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe - When you want a piping hot bowl of chicken soup but don't want to slave over the stove for hours

This Quick Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe  is perfect for when you want a piping hot bowl of comfort but don’t want to slave over the stove for hours.

Quick Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe - When you want a piping hot bowl of chicken soup but don't want to slave over the stove for hours

There’s something to be said for the Chicken Noodle Soup that takes 2 days to make, and starts from scratch with the whole bird, but when you’re sick and also the cook of the household, that’s typically not in the cards. For the past week I’ve been super sick, the kind of sick where at times you don’t feel like you can even watch TV on a laptop in bed, and this quick Chicken Noodle Soup has helped me get by.

The tricks here for a quick version is to use a good quality chicken broth or stock, make sure to season the soup well (under salted soup is dreadful, isn’t it?), and to include some sort of fresh herb, like thyme or rosemary. The flavors are clean and fresh!

Quick Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe - When you want a piping hot bowl of chicken soup but don't want to slave over the stove for hours

To get started, chop up some carrots, onion and celery:

Quick Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe - When you want a piping hot bowl of chicken soup but don't want to slave over the stove for hours

I include more carrots and celery than is traditional for a mirepoix because I like a little more of a veggie-presence in my soup.

Sweat the carrots, onion, and celery in a large soup pot, in a little bit of oil, salt, and pepper:

Quick Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe - When you want a piping hot bowl of chicken soup but don't want to slave over the stove for hours

Cook for about 10 minutes until softened:

Quick Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe - When you want a piping hot bowl of chicken soup but don't want to slave over the stove for hours

Next add chicken broth or stock, and your fresh herbs:

Quick Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe - When you want a piping hot bowl of chicken soup but don't want to slave over the stove for hours

Bring this to a boil, then reduce to a simmer:

Quick Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe - When you want a piping hot bowl of chicken soup but don't want to slave over the stove for hours

After 10 minutes of simmering time, I add some minced chicken seasoned with salt and pepper.

I’m using chicken breast, but boneless skinless chicken thighs are great too, and will be a little bit more tender:

Quick Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe - When you want a piping hot bowl of chicken soup but don't want to slave over the stove for hours

Simmer the chicken for just a couple minutes, until fully cooked through.

The soup is now ready!

I boil the noodles separately and also store them separately from the liquid, to avoid that mushy disintegrated noodle thing. When serving, just add a handful of noodles to the bowl and ladle over the hot soup.

Quick Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe - When you want a piping hot bowl of chicken soup but don't want to slave over the stove for hours

Enjoy! And keep those colds away. Oy, the boxes of tissues I have gone through this week…

Quick Chicken Noodle Soup

This Quick Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe  is perfect for when you want a piping hot bowl of comfort but don’t want to slave over the stove for hours.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1.5 cups chopped celery
  • 1.5 cups chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • black pepper
  • 10 cups chicken broth or stock
  • 10 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 cups finely chopped chicken breast or thighs, seasoned with a pinch of salt and pepper
  • 8oz pappardelle egg noodles, or other desired noodle

Directions:

  1. Heat a soup pot over medium heat, then add the olive oil, celery, carrots, onion, 1/2 tsp of salt, and a few cracks of black pepper. Cook for 10 minutes until softened.
  2. Add the chicken broth and thyme, bring the soup to a boil, then reduce to a simmer over medium low heat. Simmer for 10 minutes, then add the chopped chicken and simmer for 3 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. Make any necessary seasoning adjustments to the soup, and make sure it’s salted enough.
  3. I prefer to cook the noodles in a separate pot of boiling water per package instructions, and store them separately from the soup so the leftovers don’t get mushy and dissolved. When serving the soup, add a handful of noodles to each bowl. Enjoy!
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