Chicken Noodle Soup 3 Ways

Adapt this simple, classic recipe with rotisserie chicken, chicken meatballs or plant-based chick'n.

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During the cooler months, there's nothing like digging into a bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup. The classic dish is both hearty and soothing, whether you're feeling under the weather or just craving a cozy meal.

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What's more, chicken noodle soup is delightfully easy to customize. Just take a look at the following versions made with rotisserie chicken, chicken meatballs and plant-based chick'n. The basic steps for making each one are the same; it all comes down to the ingredients you use.

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Ready to make a healthy and comforting homemade meal? Read on to learn how to make chicken soup in three different ways.

Video: Chicken Noodle Soup 3 Ways

Chicken Noodle Soup With Rotisserie Chicken

Things You'll Need

  • 1 Tbsp. butter or oil

  • 1/2 yellow or white onion, diced

  • 2 celery sticks, sliced

  • 3 or 4 large carrots, peeled and sliced

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 10 cups chicken broth

  • 1 tsp. salt

  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper

  • 3 Tbsp. fresh thyme

  • 3 Tbsp. fresh oregano

  • 8 oz. (2 cups) uncooked pasta

  • 2 to 3 cups rotisserie chicken, shredded

  • 2 cups kale (optional)

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Tip

Rotisserie chicken is a delicious shortcut, but you're welcome to use any type of cooked chicken.

1. Cook vegetables

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In a large pot over medium heat, warm the butter or oil. Add the onions, celery, carrots, salt, pepper, thyme and oregano. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes.

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Add the garlic and cook for another minute.

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2. Add broth

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Pour the broth into the pot. Simmer for 20 to 25 minutes or until the broth has slightly reduced.

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Tip

If you don't have enough chicken broth, you can replace some of the listed amount with water.

3. Add pasta and chicken

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Add the pasta and cook for the time listed on the packaging.

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Follow with the shredded rotisserie chicken and kale (if using) and cook for 5 minutes or until the chicken is heated through.

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Top with fresh herbs and then serve with crackers or your favorite crusty bread.

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Chicken Noodle Soup With Meatballs

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Instead of rotisserie chicken, add a batch of store-bought or homemade chicken meatballs for a cozy twist. Be sure to cook the meatballs thoroughly before adding them to the soup.

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Vegan Chicken Noodle Soup

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For a vegan-friendly version, use egg-free pasta. Replace the chicken broth with vegetable broth and replace the chicken with plant-based chick'n strips; Gardein and MorningStar are two popular brands.

Stay warm!

If you're looking for more hearty soups, check out our delicious lasagna soup recipe.

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