Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

I’m about to admit something terribly embarrassing.

Here goes nothing…

From when I was a baby well into my toddler years, my large Howell Jowls (Howell being my maiden name and jowls meaning cheeks…yes, my Mom likes to rhyme) and my big bug eyes made me look like I was part of the Campbell’s Soup kid family.

I can’t believe I just told you that. Excuse me while I hide in the corner due to embarrassment.

Anyway…now that I’ve spilled the beans I might as well finish the story…

Because I looked so much like a Campbell’s Soup kid (and I loved the soup just about as much as those kids), my grandparents decided to embrace this and celebrate the fact that I, their precious little granddaughter, was a Campbell’s Soup kid who was brought to life.

Every Christmas I received a gorgeous Campbell’s Soup collector’s edition Christmas ornament and my Mom’s stocking was always stuffed with a Campbell’s Soup calendar. The ornaments were so beautiful and each and every year they showed a different theme. I took such joy in opening the little boxes simply to find out what my fellow Campbell’s Soup kids were up to on the ornaments. Some years they were sledding, other years they were ice skating and one year they were even making alphabet soup. My “brothers” and “sisters” were always so full of life and adventure around the holidays.

Thankfully, I no longer look like one of those kids (at least, I hope not…) but I still have a massive love for soup, preferably the homemade kind.

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3-4 large carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 3-4 large celery sticks, sliced
  • 14 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups extra wide egg noodles
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat the extra virgin olive oil in a saute pan. Pour in onion, carrots and celery; saute for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are softened.
  2. Pour the chicken broth into a large pot and heat until bubbly. Add egg noodles and cook for approximately 10 minutes or until the noodles are softened.
  3. Add shredded chicken, sauteed vegetables, oregano, basil, salt and pepper (to taste).
  4. Bring soup mixture to a boil and then reduce heat. Simmer for at least 10-15 minutes to allow the flavors to intermix.
  5. Serve warm with crackers.

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    1. I could eat chicken noodle soup every day of the year and not get tired of it. It was miserable in the UK that they never had it on the store shelves. Or saltines either! When you're sick, that's what you want. Campbell's chicken noodle, and saltines.

    2. Bravo to bravery – Love the story! And no you do not look like a Campbell soup kid now-you are far too pretty!

      As for the soup, it looks fab. Chicken noodle soup is always a winner in my house.

    3. What a cute story. My grandmother gave me Snoopy ornaments every year, and this was back in the 70's when they were still pretty painted glass balls, not just figurines. Every year I enjoy putting them on the tree and trying to find the oldest one!

      Your soup looks fantastic!

    4. The soup looks beautiful and so do you…which is what I would expect from a Campbells Soup kid. They are adorable and I'm sure you were too!

      I don't think I've ever made chicken noodle soup; but my favorite is similar, loving chicken with dumplings which is basically substituting the noodles for a light, airy dumpling you cook on top of the broth. Either way, it epitomizes soup for me and what I always feel compelled to make for sick friends; it does have magical healing qualities I'm sure!

    5. YUM. One of my all-time favorite things is soup. There are so many different varieties and homemade versions make them even better. Printing this recipe out for sure!

    6. Love it! I've been doing this cheat with the pre-made broth and rotisserie chicken for years! Sometimes if you time it right you can get the chicken the night before on manager's special. Kroger in the village used to sell it for $2.99 after 9pm.

    7. LOL, loved your story about the Campbell's soup kid. I love making homemade chicken soup! It is perfect comfort food, and it's all I want to eat when I'm sick with saltines and ginger ale. :-)

    8. I used to like chicken noodle soup as much as the next person, and then I got sick. Really, excruciatingly painful, should've went to the hospital sick. Since we were on holiday in Maine I told my fiancée I'd tough it out. Oh did he take care of me, and OH did he make the best from-scratch chicken noodle soup for me. At our inn! Total transformation for my feelings about the soup… and of course him. Yours looks great and homey like his was.



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