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Cold-Day Chicken Noodle Soup

When I was sick, my mom would make me this heartwarming chicken noodle soup. It was soothing when I had a cold, but this soup is a bowlful of comfort on any chilly day. —Anthony Graham, Ottawa, lllinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings (3 quarts)


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 8 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups uncooked whole wheat egg noodles (about 4 ounces)
  • 3 cups coarsely chopped rotisserie chicken
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley


  • In a 6-qt. stockpot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add celery, carrots and onion; cook and stir 5-7 minutes or until tender.
  • Add broth, basil and pepper; bring to a boil. Stir in noodles; cook 12-14 minutes or until al dente. Stir in chicken and parsley; heat through.
Health Tip: Stick with tradition. A number of scientific studies actually support the idea that chicken noodle soup can help ease cold symptoms.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 195 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 639mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 21g protein. Diabetic exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1 starch, 1/2 fat.

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  • vsmith8403
    Dec 11, 2019

    Just finished eating this soup and it was AMAZING! It has great flavor. Reminds me of the chicken noodle soup from Panera. My kids loved it as well! Will be my go to chicken noodle soup!

  • oreo95
    Jun 11, 2019

    Made this over the week-end, using up some left over chicken. Love the ease of the recipe and simple ingredients on hand. Made the recipe exact with the exception of used orzo pasta. Will definitely make again as I love soup all year and love having it in the freezer too. Thank you Anthony!

  • June
    Jan 24, 2019

    Excellent Soup. Added about 2 extra cups of broth and a pinch or 2 of poultry seasoning. Used rice instead of noodles.

  • barhoo01
    Jan 11, 2018

    Very good - needs a little extra broth. This is very favorable.

  • kat034
    Jan 8, 2018

    This soup is SO flavorful!! The entire family loved it . . . thanks for sharing!

  • cookiecooks
    Jan 4, 2018

    I've made this type of chicken soup recipe for years only without the basil and it's always delicious. Sometimes I use a small amount of thyme instead of parsley but the parsley brings a nice refreshing lightness to the soup; and I use fresh chicken to add nutrients as well as a touch of vegetable broth. Have it always when anyone or myself get a cold and it's so comforting!

  • Jeraljt
    Nov 8, 2017

    Lots of flavor. Used half chicken half vegetable broth. No celery so added broccoli. Baked my own chicken breast so I didn't need to leave my house. May need to add more broth. My family likes more broth. Will make again.

  • dschultz01
    Oct 23, 2017

    So good and so easy! It was exactly what we needed on this cold, rainy day!

  • BrendaC59
    Oct 20, 2017

    This soup is very good!

  • danielleylee
    Sep 13, 2017

    I made this recipe for a sick friend. It was super easy. Good starting point for a classic chicken noodle soup.