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This easy chicken noodle soup recipe is hearty, healthy, AND low in calories. In just 40 minutes, make a homemade soup that tastes like it has been on the stove for hours. This filling soup is sure to become a family favorite.
Chicken soup is my favorite and many agree. It’s one of the most popular soups in the US. Stop into almost any American diner and you’ll find chicken noodle soup on the menu!
It all started over 80 years ago when Campbell’s released canned chicken noodle soup. Since then many brands have released their owned canned versions. While the convenience is enticing, the canned soup will never compare to making it from scratch -because is there anything more comforting than home-cooked hot soup on a chilly day?
Campbell’s chicken noodle soup is broth-based with noodles and bits of chicken. My variation adds veggies, cream of chicken soup and plenty of flavor. I love how easy it is to customize to your specific tastes. Chicken noodle soup is truly a classic.
How Many Calories Are In Chicken Noodle Soup?
Typically, a cup of homemade chicken noodle soup is a lower-calorie food choice. There are 385 calories per 1 cup serving of this recipe. Higher calorie variations usually have added cream, stock, and boxed pasta. My version cuts calories by using condensed cream of chicken soup, broth instead of stock, and egg noodles instead of boxed pasta.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- It has all of the comforting qualities you want from a homemade meal.
- It is a family favorite! Everyone loves the soothing, classic flavors of chicken noodle soup!
- Cutting calories or carbs? This recipe is low in both.
- Aside from chopping the vegetables, there really isn’t much prep work.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Olive oil is a healthy liquid fat that is great for sauteing vegetables.
- Celery, carrots, and onion are essential ingredients for chicken noodle soup! This trio is called a “mirepoix.” It adds the flavor that is the base for many delicious soups.
- Condensed cream of chicken soup adds a tremendous amount of flavor and thickens the broth, creating a light and creamy consistency.
- Chicken broth is made from meat, vegetables, and various herbs and spices simmered for a short period of time. It’s the liquid component of this soup.
- Rotisserie chickens are a great shortcut. They can usually be found in your grocer’s hot foods department.
- Onion powder adds another layer of savory flavor.
- Salt and pepper emphasize the classic flavors of this soup.
- Garlic Powder is a great shortcut for mincing fresh garlic. A little bit goes a long way in this soup.
- Egg noodles are better capable of holding their shape and texture in heavy cream-based soups and sauces.
How To Make Low-Calorie Chicken Noodle Soup
1 – Before getting started, peel and slice the carrots into small rounds, chop the celery, dice the onion and shred the chicken. Moving along, in a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add vegetables and saute over medium-low heat for 5 to 7 minutes (or until vegetables begin to soften).
2 – Next, add the cream of chicken soup, chicken broth, and shredded rotisserie chicken. Stir well to combine.
3 – To the pot, add the onion powder, garlic powder, and a teaspoon of salt. Continue stirring until everything is mixed through. Raise the heat, bringing the soup to a boil.
4 – Lower the heat to a simmer and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
5 – Meanwhile, cook the egg noodles according to the package instructions. Once the soup has simmered for 15 minutes, stir in the cooked egg noodles. Season to taste with salt and pepper and enjoy!
- To save time, you can grab a mirepoix (chopped carrots, celery and onions) from most grocer’s produce departments.
- Use homemade chicken broth or a good-quality store-bought broth. The darker the color of the broth, the more flavorful!
- Be sure to add the onion powder, garlic powder, and salt to the soup early so the flavors have plenty of time to mingle while simmering.
- If making the soup ahead of time, store the cooked noodles separately. Otherwise, they will absorb too much of the broth, swell and become soggy.
- For even more flavor, add fresh thyme, rosemary, peppercorns, and/or bay leaf to the pot while it’s simmering. Remove before serving or storing.
- You could also stir in a handful of parsley or fresh chopped chives at the end.
- For a heartier variation, add diced potatoes to the pot and saute for a few minutes before adding the celery, carrots, and onions.
- Healthy additions such as kidney beans, wild rice, and quinoa are great added to the finished soup after being cooked separately.
- or more greens, stir in fresh spinach or kale once the soup is done.
Storing, Freezing & Reheating
- Storing: Let soup cool to room temperature and then store in an airtight container. Properly stored cooked chicken soup will last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.
- Freezing: To freeze, let the soup cool to room temperature. Store in a freezer-safe bag or container in the freezer for up to 4 months.
- Reheating: To reheat, simply pour into a pot over medium heat and cook until warmed through. If the soup is too thick, add splashes of broth until it’s reached your desired consistency.
If you’re making this soup ahead of time or anticipating leftovers, I recommend storing the cooked noodles separately and adding them in once you’ve reheated it. Otherwise, the noodles will absorb too much of the broth and get mushy.
What is chicken noodle soup? Chicken noodle soup is made from chicken, simmered in water or broth, usually with various other ingredients. The classic chicken noodle soup consists of a clear chicken broth, often with pieces of chicken and vegetables, and pasta.
Can I use chicken stock instead of chicken broth? Yes, keeping in mind that stock is slightly higher in calories and will have a richer taste.
Are egg noodles healthy? Egg noodles are lower in calories and carbohydrates and have slightly more protein than regular pasta.
What can I substitute for egg noodles? Any small to medium pasta shape will work great. Just be sure to follow the instructions on the package before adding them to the soup.
Calories per serving (1 cup): 385
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cups celery, sliced
- 2 cups carrots, sliced
- 1 onion, diced
- 3 10.5 oz cans condensed cream of chicken soup
- 54 oz low sodium chicken broth
- 4 cups rotisserie chicken, shredded
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- 12 oz package egg noodles, cooked according to package
- Heat olive oil in a pot, add carrots, celery, and onions. Sauté on medium-low heat for 5-7 minutes.
- Add the cream of chicken soup, chicken broth, and shredded chicken. Mix well.
- Add the onion powder, garlic powder, salt. Stir well to make sure everything is evenly mixed. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Stir in the cooked egg noodles and add salt and pepper to taste. Serve and enjoy!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 385Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 100mgSodium: 1130mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 40g
Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
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