Hearty Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
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Hearty Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

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This satisfying homemade soup with a hint of cayenne is brimming with vegetables, chicken and noodles. The recipe came from my father-in-law, but I made some adjustments to give it my own spin. —Norma Reynolds, Overland Park, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5-1/2 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5-1/2 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 12 fresh baby carrots, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4 celery ribs, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons mustard seed
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and halved
  • 1-1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1-1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 4 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
  • 1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated linguine

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 193 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 244mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 21g protein


  1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first six ingredients. Place mustard seed and garlic on a double thickness of cheesecloth; bring up corners of cloth and tie with kitchen string to form a bag. Place in slow cooker. Add chicken and broth. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Discard spice bag. Remove chicken; cool slightly. Stir linguine into soup; cover and cook on high for 30 minutes or until tender. Cut chicken into pieces and return to soup; heat through. Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts).
Originally published as Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup in Quick Cooking September/October 2005, p43

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Reviewed Dec. 1, 2014

"made this using left-over turkey from Thanksgiving, fast, easy, and delicious.

But, I did not use a slow cooker, just made it in a regular pot."

Reviewed May. 18, 2014

"Very hearty tasty chicken noodle. Chicken noodle is not my favorite type of soup but I really enjoyed it. It makes quite a bit, so expect leftovers."

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014

"This is an easy soup and one everybody likes. I double the recipe and freeze in quart size baggies that lie flat and take up very little freezer room. Do not freeze noodles. Add them to the soup while reheating it.When noodles are frozen the texture becomes grainy."

Reviewed Nov. 24, 2013

"This is a very good soup. I did not bother with the cheesecloth; used ground mustard and minced garlic and just dumped all seasonings in."

Reviewed Apr. 9, 2013

"Finally one that tastes like Mom's!"

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