There is no dish better than chicken noodle soup if you are in need a little soul food.
I mean.. They even named an entire book series after chicken soup! I think that everyone should at least read ONE of the books from Chicken Soup For the Soul series. It truly does nourish the soul and make you feel warm and fuzzy on the inside. Sometimes the stories will make you cry, but in a way that really pulls on the empathetic heart strings and makes you feel good.
Chicken soup is a nourishing dish that is rich in nutrients and has a way of stimulating nostalgia. Maybe your mom or grandma used to make you chicken soup when you felt ill as a child, or maybe your family used to make it to use up chicken or turkey bone after holidays. For me, chicken soup is a meal that always makes me feel cozy and loved.
If you are struggling to afford to buy healthy options for yourself or your family, buying only 1 whole chicken along with some cheap vegetables like frozen peas, carrots, celery, onions and garlic can truly go a long way! Being on a tight budget, you need to think smart and buy smart, and you can totally do that by starting with a chicken! I believe in you!
If you are unsure how to roast your own whole chicken and want to learn, check out this recipe I did on how to brine and roast the juiciest chicken ever! Then, once you have enjoyed the chicken, be sure to save the bones to make your own chicken stock (and be sure to check out this complete guide to making a nutrient dense and flavourful chicken stock!)
If you are tight on a budget, soup is a fantastic way to feed and nourish your family (or, if you are a single person house-hold, make a big batch and freeze for later!)
Reasons why you will love this recipe:
- It is easy to make.
- It will nourish your soul!
- The ingredients used are budget friendly.
- It is high in nutrients that support bone, joint and skin health.
- You can bake a big batch of it to eat now or freeze and enjoy later.
- It can help to boost your immune system, fighting off that annoying cold or flu!
If you make this recipe, be sure to let me know in the comments below, and tag me on Instagram or Pinterest @wholisticfoodie and use the hashtag #wholisticfoodie!
- Use gluten free noodles to make this recipe gluten free, however I am unsure how the gluten free noodles will maintain their structure over a few days.
- If you don’t want to use any noodles, substitute with 2 1/2 cups small diced potatoes. Add them to the pot at the same time you add the herbs and chicken stock.
- Feel free to substitute frozen, chopped green beans in place of peas if necessary.
Chicken Noodle Soup For The Soul
- June 11, 2020
- 45 min
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- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, small diced
- 2 medium carrots, small diced
- 2 celery ribs, small diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme
- 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, minced
- 2 bay leaves
- 8 C chicken stock
- 1 C frozen peas
- 2 C uncooked farfalle pasta
- 2 C cooked chicken breast or thigh, diced
- 1/4 C fresh parsley, chopped
- Step 1
- Heat olive oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrots, celery, minced garlic, salt and pepper, then sweat for 7-10 minutes, stirring often.
- Step 2
- Add thyme, rosemary bay leaves and chicken stock, then bring to a simmer and reduce the heat to medium. Allow soup to simmer for 15-20 minutes, then add peas, noodles, chicken and parsley. Cook for 7-10 minutes (or until noodles are cooked al dente).
- Step 3
- Remove bay leaves and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if needed before serving.