Chicken noodle soup, it’s a global force of good. No matter if you’re fit as a fiddle or suffering seasonal sniffles, it just makes you feel better.
That’s pretty much a universal truth. And to prove it, we've compiled a collection of some of the world’s greatest chicken noodle soups. Brought to you by grandmas of earth.
A variation on the classic Greek soup, this recipes replaces traditional rice with orzo pasta. For an egg-free version, try Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup, dressed up with carrots and baby spinach.
“This is a low-fat, low-cal soup that's incredibly filling and delicious. I eat this at least once a week," says Kleenestar.
The quintessential American comfort food with thick egg noodles, carrots, peas, celery, and onion.
“This recipes is from my grandma,” says Carly, “and I have loved it since I was a child.” German spaetzle (“little sparrows”) are tiny homemade noodles.
“We absolutely loved this version of chicken noodle soup," says Jarrie. "So tasty for so little effort. I used leftover rotisserie chicken, so my meat wasn't all pretty and julienned, but it was delicious and thrifty nonetheless.”
"A classic recipe for 'Jewish penicillin,'" says Jennifer. "Add matzo balls if you wish, or just serve with noodles, fresh bread, or biscuits. This soup is even better reheated the next day!"
This one makes the cut because sometimes chicken noodle soup is a state of mind. Here white beans stand in mightily for noodles. Add a little leftover or rotisserie chicken, and you have a true Tuscan treat.
"This is a wonderful Japanese soup, very popular throughout Japan - with chicken, eggs, and vegetables. A meal in itself," says Jaime
The Best Soup Begins with Broth
Here's how Chef John tackles chicken noodle soup. He starts with a delicious broth made with a whole roasted chicken...and a secret ingredient.
Once you have the broth ready, making the soup is just a simple matter of sautéing veggies, and adding in the broth and noodles. Like so:
Curious about which noodles are best for your soup? America’s Test Kitchen has done the legwork.