Food For The Soul; The Best Old Thyme Chicken Noodle Soup With Winter Vegetables

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Few things are as warm and satisfying as a steaming bowl of chicken noodle soup on a cold winter’s day; Campbell built a legacy of it all on its own. This soup is different in that it’s somewhat of a double process; using stock instead of water for tremendous depths of flavors. You can purchase a good store bought stock if you are in a time crunch, but the recipe as stated is simple and pure heaven. Serve with crusty bread slathered with pure, organic, creamy butter and a side salad of choice.

Soup Ingredients

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 medium carrots, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices

1 rutabaga or parsnip, peeled and cut into thick slices

2-3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into thick slices

2 celery ribs, halved lengthwise, and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices

4 fresh thyme sprigs

1 bay leaf

2 quarts chicken stock, recipe follows

8 ounces dried wide egg noodles

1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 handful fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped


Chicken Stock:

1 whole free-range chicken (about 3 1/2 pounds), rinsed, giblets discarded

2 carrots, cut in large chunks

3 celery stalks, cut in large chunks

2 large white onions, quartered

1 head of garlic, halved

1 large yam or sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks

1 turnip, halved

1/4 cup fresh thyme

1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped rough

3 bay leaves

1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns




Place chicken and vegetables in a large stockpot over medium heat. Pour in just enough cold water to cover (about 3 quarts); too much will make the broth taste weak. Toss in thyme, parsley, bay leaves, and peppercorns, and allow it to slowly come to a boil. Lower heat to medium-low and gently simmer for 1 ½-2 hours, partially covered, until the chicken is done. As it cooks, add a little more water if necessary to keep the chicken covered while simmering.

Carefully remove the chicken to a cutting board. When it’s cool enough to handle, discard the skin and bones; hand-shred the meat into a storage container.

Carefully strain the stock through a fine sieve (or through cheesecloth) into another pot to remove the vegetable solids. Use the stock immediately or if you plan to store it, place the pot in a sink full of ice water and stir to cool down the stock. Cover and refrigerate for up to one week or freeze.


Place a soup pot over medium heat and coat with the oil. Add vegetables, thyme and bay leaf. Cook and stir for about 6 minutes, until the vegetables are softened but not browned. Pour in the chicken stock and bring the liquid to a boil. Add the noodles and simmer for 5 minutes until tender. Fold in the chicken, and continue to simmer for another couple of minutes to heat through; season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving. Makes approximately 2 quarts

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Frances 🌺 says:

    Yum 😋 I just want to dive in!

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    1. haha! Frances! I’ll be right behind you! Thanks 🙂

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  2. koolaidmoms says:

    Delicious looking! I always make stock with the carcass of my turkey or chicken bones right in my slow cooker. I never thought of adding sweet potato or turnip before. Will have to give it a try.

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    1. Thanks, Marci! I’m with you–I think the carcass gives so much flavor to chicken soup. I actually got the idea of adding sweet potatoes and root veggies from my hubby! He researched medicinal soups for me several years ago when I had the flu & the soup was so flavorful the recipe stuck! 🙂

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  3. Such a delicious soup, full of fabulous flavors:)

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  4. Sadie's Nest says:

    Perfect winter food! Wish I had a bowl full right now!

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  5. I don’t remember the last time I bought a store-bought chicken broth. My freezer is stocked with it year-round. I save rotisserie chicken carcasses or any other leftover bones/meat from trimmings in the freezer, and then when I see I’m getting low on stock I’ll make another huge batch. Your soup looks divine!


  6. I love everything about this hearty soup :-). Thanks for sharing Lana.

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    1. Thank YOU, Lynne! It’s so yummy!

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