Some meals seem so ordinary that I’ve never considered making them.  Not that I cook way outside the box but take chicken noodle soup, for example.

It’s one of the most basic soups, one of the most traditional, and probably the most well-known to be consumed when you’re sick.  I’ve always thought of it as just “eh” and that sentiment probably comes from the fact that I was fed this soup mostly from a can as a kid.  Actually, I always thought it was kind of an annoying soup to eat with all those little noodles slurping around everywhere, impossible to get on your spoon. So I never considered making it.

And then my feelings changed when I ended up with 6 quarts of stock and 6 cups of leftover turkey from Thanksgiving.

Sure, I could have found a million other things to use the stock for but I firmly decided to make my own chicken [turkey] noodle soup and try to change my mediocre beliefs about this classic soup.  And in 25 minutes, using another promised Barefoot Contessa soup recipe, I had hot soup ready to eat.

I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make.  I couldn’t believe how amazing it was.

It was all the things I had been missing from this canned soup as a kid: flavor, texture, richness, comfort.  And the best part about it was that there were leftovers. Again, leftovers of leftovers but these leftovers are really the best kind.  You can only eat so much leftover turkey, stuffing, and sweet potatoes but when you have leftovers of a completely different meal made from that orginal turkey, that’s a whole other story.

And lucky for me, I’ve got more shredded turkey and stock frozen so this soup will be making an appearance again soon on one of the those inevitably frigid New England nights.


Classic Chicken Noodle Soup
source: adapted from Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa Family Style

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 cup medium-diced celery (2 stalks)
1 cup medium-diced carrots (3 carrots)
3/4 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 quarts homemade chicken/turkey stock (I made my own using a recipe very similar to Shawnda’s, but you could also use boxed stock)
2 cups wide egg noodles
2-3 cups cooked shredded chicken (or turkey)
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Heat oil in a large pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat.  Add the celery, carrots, salt, and pepper and cook for 10-12 minutes until softened.  Pour in the stock, bring to a boil over high heat, and add the noodles.  Cook the noodles for 10 minutes, then add the chicken (or turkey) and parsley.  Allow the chicken/turkey to heat through.  Serve hot.


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  • December 16, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    Def a classic- looks delicious!

  • December 16, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    Oh, I can never resist a good homemade chicken noodle soup, and what a wonderful way to use some extra stock. I can’t think of anything better to do with it than a beautiful and delicious, warm soup like this. Thanks for sharing, Tara. I hope you’re having a lovely day and a nice start to the holiday season.

  • December 16, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    I love a great chicken noodle soup! I love it when it’s filled to the max with lovely ingredients but also has the most comforting and tasty broth 🙂 Thank you for sharing this.

  • December 16, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    My grandma used to make homemade chicken noodle soup…I loved it! Yours looks delish!

  • December 16, 2010 at 5:47 PM

    There are so many things about this recipe that I love. Egg noodles, Ina Garten, soup on a cold day! All perfect!

  • December 16, 2010 at 8:34 PM

    Wow that has to be the most beautiful bowl of chicken (turkey 🙂 ) noodle soup that I’ve seen. And it looks full of flavor. I LOVE Ina Garten and her recipe for Chicken Noodle Soup is one I still have to try. Now I have to try it after seeing how delicious your soup looks.

  • ann
    December 16, 2010 at 8:50 PM

    This soup looks delish. I love those wide egg noodles.

  • December 18, 2010 at 3:54 AM

    YUMMM perfect for a cold day like today 🙂

  • December 18, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    This is my recipe too, except I add 1t garlic powder and 1t thyme. The thyme makes it really sing!

  • Shannon
    December 18, 2010 at 9:47 PM

    This classic turkey noodle soup looks great!

  • December 20, 2010 at 11:02 PM

    Chicken Noodle Soup is so comforting. I wish I was eating a bowl right now!

  • Lori
    December 25, 2010 at 6:41 PM

    Just finished eating my dinner of Chicken Noodle Soup using this recipe. Yummy!!! I used the last of my frozen stock and boxed broth. Also added a clove of chopped garlic to the soup. Fantastic!!!

  • March 15, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    Cooking this tonight. Thanks for the recipe. Hope it will help the family with the cold weather and with colds!

  • September 17, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    Eric and I have both had colds all week, and this was just what we needed.