Do you ever have those nights where you are just racing home, it’s well past dinner time and you just need to get dinner on the table fast! This super easy chicken noodle soup is one of my favorite go-to recipes. I tend to think about soup more when it is chilly, but really you can eat chicken noodle soup all year round. This is also a great soup to throw together when someone is sick, or when you have a kid helper in the kitchen. Mama’s chicken noodle soup is always a bit more magical.
Super Easy Chicken Noodle Soup
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Now this magic chicken noodle soup will help heal you to your bones, and it might just act like a big ol’ hug when you give your neighbor a container of it. No one needs to know just how quick this soup came together. This is a soup my kid has grown to love, even though at first she simply sucked the noodles out of it. It took a while before she came around, but the noodles were always are the point where we met in the middle. (So I’d serve some fresh veggies or fruit on the side plus some crusty bread or crackers.) Now she will fish around a bit more for the carrots and eat some of the broth too, but it took a lot of bowls of soup before that happened. Don’t worry if your kid just slurps the noodles the first couple times too.
So one of the most important things I always look for when I’m making this soup is a chicken broth with the lowest possible sodium. This is one place I look carefully at the labels. Have you seen the labels of the average chicken broth? Nah, if you’re making it at home it’s one place you can totally skip the sodium and you won’t even know the difference. Salt at the end to taste right before you eat, and you’ll need a whole heck of a lot less salt! I love hacks like this that help cut out unnecessary extras in my food. If all you have is regular store-bought broth, it will work too.
Another thing I’ve found for my picky eater is if I slice the veggies extra thin, she’s more likely to be interested. I use a food processor to make all of my veggies extra thin and to make the prep come together quickly. This is one place my kid also loves to help in the kitchen, she is absolutely fascinated throwing the vegetables down into the food processor an watching them grind. My Cuisinart food processor is pretty kid friendly for this task keeping the blades locked away from her hands, but this is a kitchen task you should supervise.
Super Easy Chicken Noodle Soup
This chicken noodle soup is an easy dinner that will take you from the stove to the table quickly. Precooked chicken such as rotisserie chicken makes this meal come together even faster. Chicken noodle soup is also a great learning food for picky eaters with simple, classic ingredients.
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 2 Large Carrots Sliced thinly
- 3 Stalks Celery Sliced thinly
- 1 Cup Diced Sweet Onion Roughly one medium or half of an extra large onion
- 1 Teaspoon Thyme
- 1 Teaspoon Granulated Garlic
- 1 Tablespoon Oregano
- 4 tablespoons Water
- 8 Oz Egg Noodles This is usually about half of the packs I find at the grocery
- 32 Oz Low Sodium Chicken Broth This is one carton of chicken broth
- 2 Cups Cooked Shredded Chicken Save time and use rotisserie chicken
- 4 Cups Water
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
Add olive oil to pan and let it heat warm up. Then add carrots, celery, and onion to the pan and let soften for a minute or two. then add spices and water. Let everything cook for 3-4 minutes.
Fill a separate pot with water and a and pinch of salt. Bring to a boil. Add egg noodles and cook according to the package, usually about 8-10 minutes. Drain noodles to add to soup.
Add broth, cooked chicken, and water to the soup pot. Bring the entire pot to a boil.
Add cooked noodles to pot. Salt and pepper to taste, and serve!
So what do you think, would your kid enjoy helping you make this soup in the kitchen? Tell me what you think in the comments!