Chicken Noodle Soup {a classic}

by Lauren

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There are about as many versions of chicken noodle soup recipes as there are cute puppy videos online but this is my favorite version. Simple, healthy, and determined to knock out your cold or flu.

My mom used to give me chicken and stars soup as a kid. I loved that stuff. The best reason to be sick was to have Campbell’s chicken and stars soup. I haven’t had it for a very long time but I’m sure that salty broth with tiny pieces of chicken and even tinier noodles shaped like stars would still help soothe me.

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I was pretty sick for the last five days or so and I’m finally coming back full force and headed on a mini-vacay to Northern California this weekend to visit one of my best friends.

It was a good thing I froze some of this soup so I didn’t have to cook or go to the store to have a warm bowl of healing chicken noodle soup…in the 80 degree weather we’ve been having.

I kind of miss wearing sweaters and boots.

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I know some people swear by Campbell’s but I promise, once you make it yourself you won’t go back. It takes less than 20 minutes to pull this soup together and it’s loaded with pantry/refrigerator staples so you won’t even have to hit up the store for ingredients.

The fresh thyme in this is what makes it so tasty so don’t skip the herbs!

Chicken Noodle Soup

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 medium carrots, cut diagonally
2 celery ribs, halved lengthwise, then sliced
1 cup fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into thirds
4 fresh thyme sprigs
1 bay leaf (optional)
8 cups chicken broth
8 ounces fusilli pasta (spirals)
1 1/2 cups diced chicken, uncooked
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper


Drizzle oil into large pot and add the onion, garlic, carrots, celery, thyme, and bay leaf. Cook and stir for about 5 minutes, until the vegetables are softened and onion is translucent. Pour in the chicken stock and bring the liquid to a boil then add green beans and pasta. Boil for 8-10 minutes (according to pasta’s cooking directions). Add diced chicken, and continue to simmer for 30 seconds longer. Remove from heat season with salt and pepper. Let sit for 4-5 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.

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From the Little Yellow Kitchen,


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