Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 0 mins

This is a refinement of a recipe I created when my boyfriend was sick, and I wanted to make chicken noodle soup from what we had on hand. For the authentic poor college student version - use 1 can of Swanson's chicken broth + 1 cup water, and a brick of ramen noodles. I get nostalgic just thinking about it. But I like this version better.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook the curly noodles in plenty of salted boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, dice the onion, mince the garlic, peel and dice the carrot, and dice the celery.
  3. Heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  4. Add the onion, garlic, carrots, celery, thyme, and bay leaf, with a good pinch of salt. Cook, stiring often, for 6 minutes.
  5. Add the chicken stock, and bring to a boil.
  6. Reduce the heat to a simmer, add the drained noodles and the chicken, and simmer for 2 - 3 minutes.
  7. I like this with lots of freshly ground black pepper on top.
Most Helpful

A very good simple soup. Perfect on a cool fall evening. Thank you.

Katanashrp October 23, 2012

A little time + a good ingredients = great homemade taste. Sauteing the veggies, and using a good stock adds to the flavor. I used Poached Chicken Breast #101403 for the chicken, and followed the recipe exactly. Dividend, you came up with a winner! Made for Alphabet Soup Game.

ElaineAnn November 20, 2006