Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Soup 1

Okay, moment of truth time:

I’m not a huge fan of chicken noodle soup.

I guess it just reminds me of the meals I eat when I’m either (a) sick or (b) dieting, and doesn’t spark much culinary excitement.  Typically, if I’m going to make soup, I want it to be one that’s super fattening hearty, like meatball soup or chili.

That being said, I’m not one to back down from a challenge–so when I saw Tina’s featured food item this month was chicken noodle soup, I set out to find a recipe that was not only full of flavor, but would also keep me satisfied past mid-afternoon.

And I think I found it with this recipe, ya’ll (at Doodle’s request, I’ve been tasked with talking like the “ya’ll girl” (Paula Deen) when I cook).  I was a little hesitant about the ranch seasoning mix in this, but it gave the dish a very mild, but interesting flavor.  The original recipe calls for heavy cream, and while I’m not dieting per se, I’m also not out to intentionally sabotage any chance of wearing shorts this summer.  I used fat-free half and half, which was just creamy enough to keep me fuller longer than just plain old broth.

In a word: YUM.

Maybe the best chicken noodle soup I’ve ever had.  Served with some crusty bread, cheese and crackers, I had a warm happy, and very full tummy.

 

Chicken Soup 2

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
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Ingredients
  • 32 ounce box chicken broth
  • ½ cup carrots, chopped
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • small bag of egg noodles
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups cooked and shredded chicken
  • 1 pint fat-free half-and-half
  • 1 packet dry Ranch seasoning mix
Instructions
  1. Bring chicken broth, carrots, onions and celery to a boil. Add the egg noodles and cook in the broth until noodles are tender.
  2. Add the cream of chicken soup, chicken, half-and-half, and ranch seasoning. Stir to combine and cook until heated through.
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Comments

  1. Mmm… looks great! I don’t think I have ever seen a recipe with ranch for the base before. Love the recipe choice.

  2. yum, looks awesome! looking through the bloghop pictures has me seriously jonesing for soup now!

  3. D @ The Shady Porch says:

    Hi! I’m visiting from the CCC (#43). I’m with you the Ranch addition is new to me but we love Ranch, so I’m sure we would love it in soup too! You soup does look rich and creamy = Yummy!

    • Thanks for stopping by, D. This soup was rich, but not overly so. I was pleasantly surprised by the Ranch flavor. Off to check out your recipe now!

  4. Your soup looks so good. I love everything ranch, but I have never thought to put it in soup. I will have to try this sometime!! I am visiting from CCC (#28).
    Alyssa

  5. Ranch seasoning mix! Brilliant!

  6. Sounds yummy!

  7. I’m not a big fan of thin soups either…..so this one looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing :o)
    #49

  8. This soup looks delicious. I agree with you on the half and half. I would have used that also. The ranch mix sounds interesting, and I can’t wait to try it. Thanks!

  9. I love the different flavor combinations here! Looks creamy and delicious!

  10. I like the creamy version of chicken soup better, also. This is a really interesting recipe. It is unlike most of the others. Kudos.

  11. I must try adding some cream to my next bowl :)

  12. Yum, your soup looks delish!

  13. I LOVE the look of your creamy soup!

    I made Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup! #1 in the linky party, come by and visit if you get the chance!

    Thanks again for participating in my challenge!

  14. Ranch seasoning in chicken noodle soup? Now that sounds interesting… I bet it was just as yummy as you said.

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