My mom makes the very best chicken noodle soup. We all love it. It always reminds me of being taken care of. Now it is a recipe I’ve converted a little to be a super lazy and easy recipe but with all the good feels and taste as my mom’s. I often make it for friends when they are sick or have a baby. It’s pretty darn family friendly. Most kids will eat it…well except my Bubba. Enjoy and try, I promise you won’t be disappointed!
So here’s where the homemade-ish comes in. I buy all the parts. I don’t chop, I don’t roast, and I don’t knead. I buy it all. I buy mirepoix (cut up carrots, celery, and onions), I buy a rotisserie chicken, I buy chicken stock, and I buy frozen noodles. Cheating? Yep, and I’m okay with that. I can make a delicious hearty soup and it doesn’t take a million dishes and all day. Quick and easy.
My mom almost always had a family meal made for us around the table. Now that I’m a mom I realize that this is sometimes a daunting task. There is so much going on and life feels busy. BUT, I think it’s super important. It’s a time when we can turn off everything else and just spend a little time together. We can try to connect and relax, we do have an almost 3 year old so… I want my kids to remember this time together as I remember my mom doing this. Now my kids are a little kinder to me, so far, than us 5 kids were on my mom. We often made her mad by talking about poop and farts at the table. She would get so mad she would storm upstairs. I feel bad now but we sure thought it was funny then. Jerks!
I start with the soup pot and heat up a little oil, I use olive oil. I heat up the oil on Medium and add in the mirepoix and cook until onions are see-through.
Cooking the mirepoix usually takes 5-10 minutes. Then I add in the chicken stock. Easy enough yet? I cook the veggies and stock for 10 minutes. During this time I switch the laundry, because with a family of 5 there is ALWAYS laundry. I also get the rotisserie chicken ready!
Oh, you splendid rotisserie chicken!!! I am a huge fan. Not all are created equal. I have a particular store I love it from and others I’m not a huge fan of. But talk about making a dinner easy! Could I roast my own? Sure, but I’m not really not into raw chicken. I’m actually quite weird about it. So a rotisserie chicken is definitely a regular in my family. You can do so much with it. And today its delicious glory is in my homemade-ish chicken noodle soup.
Tear apart the chicken, make sure to only use the good parts. Then dump in the frozen noodles. These can be found in most grocery stores. I find that they hold up the best in this soup. They don’t get soggy and bloated. They also freeze well!
Then to the last step! Cook the entire pot of comforting soup for about 20 minutes. I like to leave the noodles just a little al dente because I always have enough to freeze and what’s grosser than mushy noodles?
- 16oz Mirepoix (or you could cut your own veggies, 2 carrots chopped, 4 celery stalks chopped, and one medium size onion chopped)
- 1 Rotisserie Chicken (or you could roast your own or boil chicken breasts)
- 3 quarts of Chicken stock
- 1-16 oz bag of frozen noodles (or you could make your own but who has time for that. I don’t recommend a dried noodle they just aren’t as good)
- salt and pepper to taste
- (optional shredded mozzarella cheese)
- Saute the mirepoix in 1 tsp of olive oil for 5 minutes or until onions are clear.
- Add chicken stock and slow boil for 10 minutes.
- Remove chicken from the bones and add to stock.
- Put frozen noodles in and slow boil for 20 minutes.
This is a soup that can be frozen and enjoyed later. I like to freeze in quart size jars. Just make sure you cool soup down completely. I refrigerate it overnight and then freeze. Then you won’t break the jar.
This soup is easy, but made with love. My mom is a caretaker and there are certain foods that really make be think of her and I’m happy to pass on to others. This is definitely not how she did it, but she’s tried it and she loves it! Please try this recipe and comment below on how you like it. Tell us if you changed anything and how it turned out.
Our First Homemade-Ish recipe is dedicated to our Mom. She’s the best!