You may be new to making nourishing traditional food recipes for your family, so learning how to make homemade chicken noodle soup is a great, basic, feel-good recipe to get you started. The homemade bone broth used in this recipe is very nourishing and healing. Read why stock/bone broths are so good for us.
How to Make Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Amounts will vary depending on how many you're feeding. I'll give approximate amounts for a medium-large pot of soup to feed 5-6 with leftovers, but keep in mind that this recipe does NOT have to be exact, just throw in what you have…
- 6 Tablespoons butter, pastured butter is best
- 1 organic onion, chopped (if you don't have any onion, you could add dried onion or onion powder later)
- A few cloves of garlic, chopped (if you don't have fresh garlic, you can add dried garlic later)
- 1 cup (or 3-4) organic carrots, chopped
- 1-2 stalks organic celery, chopped
- Pastured chicken, cooked and cut into bit-sized pieces, about 2 cups or so. Here's where you can find safe, healthy meat if you don't have a good local source. You could use boneless, skinless breasts or any type of chicken you'd like (if you're pressed for time, try it this way!), but my favorite way is to start with a yummy roasted chicken dinner like this: How to bake a whole chicken. When you're done, pick through and get the leftover meat off the bone, and put it in the fridge to use in your soup later.
- Chicken bone broth, about 10 cups — from your chicken dinner mentioned above, or if you have some in your freezer, throw that in. Read more about how to make bone broth here: Nourishing Bone Broth for Rookies. (Or here's how to make pressure cooker broth!)
- 2-4 cups of your favorite pasta, cooked. You could use sprouted pasta, spelt pasta, quinoa pasta or rice pasta if you're gluten-free, or my favorite lately, Einkorn pasta — pasta is optional though, this soup is just as good without it!
- Whatever herbs and seasonings you'd like, but plenty of sea salt and pepper are most crucial (taste-test to get the amounts right). Also good are oregano, thyme, parsley, about 1 teaspoon each or more to your taste.
- Splash or more of cream, optional.
Here's how to make homemade chicken noodle soup…
Chop your vegetables, assemble your other ingredients. If you're using pasta, start cooking that. In a large soup pot over medium heat, melt the butter and add the onions and garlic. Cook and stir around a couple of minutes, then add the carrots and celery and cook a little more until the vegetables all start to get tender. (What you have here is called a “Mirepoix“.)
Add bone broth, chicken, pasta, then herbs and seasonings. Now you could add in the garlic or onion if you didn't have fresh. Sometimes I'll add a splash or more of cream to give it another layer of delicious flavor. Simmer on low another 20-30 minutes or longer to let your flavors mesh well, then serve, maybe with some delicious homemade crescent rolls, or another yummy homemade bread!
There you have it, how to make homemade chicken noodle soup! Now you have a superfood to feed your family. This is a dinner that smells so wonderful the whole family will keep asking when it's time to eat.
Many of you have been making homemade soups and broth for much longer than I have, do you make yours differently than I do? Please share your tips!
- Need more help for rookies? Get them my book, Real Food for Rookies!
- Read more about bone broth here: Nourishing Bone Broth for Rookies.
- More poultry recipes with lots of ideas for what else you can do with chicken leftovers
- More soups & stew recipes
- My complete list of recipes
- Here's my FAVORITE snack
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