Creamy Semi-Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

The Spruce

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Total: 55 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
667 Calories
56g Fat
18g Carbs
24g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 667
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 56g 72%
Saturated Fat 32g 161%
Cholesterol 196mg 65%
Sodium 754mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 24g
Calcium 128mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Here's a quick and easy chicken noodle soup recipe, and it's hearty enough for a family meal. Condensed soups and some real cream make this soup rich and creamy while adding fabulous flavor. But it isn't all convenience foods; fresh chopped vegetables, some herbs, and frozen peas and carrots make it nutritious, colorful, and full-flavored. 

Serve this delicious chicken noodle soup for lunch or dinner, along with crackers or biscuits and a tossed salad. Feel free to use broken linguini or spaghetti in this dish instead of noodles. Or add about 1 cup of cooked rice to the soup. See the tips and variations for more ideas.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1 cup celery (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley (chopped; or about 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes)
  • 2 to 3 cups cooked chicken (diced)
  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of chicken soup (undiluted)
  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup (undiluted)
  • 5 cups chicken broth (low-sodium)
  • 1 scant teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried leaf thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups frozen peas and carrots
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream or half-and-half
  • 4 ounces medium noodles (cooked and drained)
  • Kosher salt (to taste​)
  • Croutons, crackers, or biscuits, for serving

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Creamy Semi-Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup ingredients
  2. In a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat, melt the butter. Add onion and celery and sauté until onion is tender.

    Creamy Semi-Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
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  3. Add the parsley, chicken, chicken broth, soups, poultry seasoning, thyme, and pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes.

    Creamy Semi-Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
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  4. Add the frozen peas and carrots, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes longer.

    Creamy Semi-Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup recipe
  5. Stir in the cream or half-and-half, along with the cooked noodles; add salt to taste. Heat through.

    Creamy Semi-Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
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  6. Serve the soup with crackers or hot baked biscuits, or top it with croutons or oyster crackers.

    Creamy Semi-Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
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  7. Enjoy!

Tips

  • This is a great soup for a party or potluck. Scale the recipe up and transfer it to the slow cooker for serving. Set the slow cooker on warm.

Recipe Variations

  • Use diced meat from a rotisserie chicken or buy a package of refrigerated roasted chicken breast strips.
  • Replace the peas and carrots with a package of mixed vegetables.
  • Replace the noodles with broken spaghetti or about 1/2 cup of ditalini or another small pasta shape.

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