Even Better Than Campbell’s

chicken noodle-less soup

As 9-year-olds in P.E. class in February, my best friend and I convinced the instructor that our queasy stomachs needed a break from running laps to visit the nurse. In the front office, we convinced the nurse that out churching stomachs needed to go home for the day. And at my best friend’s house, we convinced her mom that Disney movies and soup were the best remedies for our upset stomachs.


Her mom rooted around in the pantry and pulled out two tin cans, one of tomato soup and another of chicken noodle. Since I refused to eat any tomato product other than ketchup, I politely declined in favor of option #2.  


And that was my first chicken noodle soup experience. Campbell’s in a can, watching Aladdin and Peter Pan. It took almost a decade before I could associate that soup with anything other than a sick day, but now I crave it on the chilly winter nights where a bowl of warm comfort food sounds good too.


chicken noodle-less soup


5-Ingredient Chicken Noodle-less Soup

serves 2

While this soup is warming and delicious on its own, feel free to add you favorite ingredients and herbs to transform it into your childhood comfort dish!

2 c. chicken broth

½ tsp dried onion flakes

8-10 baby carrots

2 stalks of celery

1 large chicken breast, cooked

  1. Bring the chicken broth and onion to boil over medium-high heat in a medium pot. While the broth heats, thinly slice the carrots into rounds. Cut the tips and bases off of the celery, and slice into crescents. Once the broth is boiling, add the vegetables to the pot and reduce the heat to medium. Cook for 2-4 min, stirring occasionally.
  2. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces, and add it to the pot. Cook for another 2-3 min, or until the chicken is heated through. Season with salt and pepper, and serve hot.


chicken noodle-less soup



November 16, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Midweek Meals, Satisfying Sides.


  1. mmmarzipan replied:

    What a lovely idea! 🙂

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Thank you! It’s been so cold here lately that I’ve already made it twice this week… And it may be on the dinner menu again tonight!

      • mmmarzipan replied:

        I am doing that too right now… making something comforting and warming and eating it over a period of days :)! If it ain’t broke, as they say 😉
        Enjoy! 🙂

      • foods for the soul replied:

        I like your style! What’s cooking in your kitchen right now?

      • mmmarzipan replied:

        The last meal I ate at home was roasted butternut squash pizza (posting about it tonight)… washed down with chewy cookies with M&M’s (can’t be too healthy!). But overnight I’ll be “making” chia pudding with coconut milk, to be served for breakfast tomorrow with fresh mango and banana. It’s the first time I am making it, so we’ll see how it goes!

      • foods for the soul replied:

        May I move in?? Those sound like amazing dishes! (And dessert is the most important meal of the day! :])

      • mmmarzipan replied:

        lol! And I agree! I always have room for dessert (really!) x

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