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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

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chicken noodle soup

In our house, both when I was growing up and now, the rule is that the birthday person gets to choose what they want for dinner. My birthday dinner choice was usually been homemade pizza, and as of the past few years has been my Mom’s envelope pocket pizza.

This past weekend was Rachel’s birthday. He birthday dinner of choice is always homemade chicken noodle soup. And she is very particular about her chicken noodle soup. I offered to make it for her, you know, since it’s her birthday and she shouldn’t have to cook (hang on, that’s every day!) – but Rachel insisted she make it. I didn’t argue. I busied myself baking (which I’ll share on Thursday)

So today we’re sharing Rachel’s favorite family recipe, handed down from her grandmother-  homemade chicken noodle soup!

chicken noodle soup

So we’re down to less than a week until Baby Boy #2 is here. It still doesn’t feel real. I look at my calendar at work and I’m scheduling appointments for later in October to compensate for a New Baby earlier in the month. I’m looking at those dates thinking in my head, when I’m sitting back in this office at that time, sitting in on those meetings, I’ll have a newborn at home. It’s crazy. It’s just kind of like… mind blowing. In a good way.
I’m excited. Looking forward to getting to know this new little boy, just like I got to know his big brother.

I should probably give you fair warning, despite my best efforts to prepare a few extra blog posts for when this Baby comes, I’ve got no backups prepared. So if we miss our regular Tuesday/Thursday posts, or are silent on Facebook, chances are good it’s because we’re wrapped up with our New Baby and Baby Boy.

Don’t worry, all won’t be entirely silent. You know I can’t keep myself out of the kitchen. Indeed, the day after we brought Baby Boy home I was cooking stuff up, albeit in a very tired and delirious state, for me and Rachel. Also, a couple of generous blogger foodie friends are going to be contributing guest posts, so your digital plate won’t go empty.

If you’re a food blogger and are interested in contributing during the month of “newborn zombified parents” please reach out. And for everyone else, wish us luck and send some digital chocolate, we’re gonna need it 🙂

Hopefully see you Thursday.

PS – Don’t forget to enter to win a Red Star Yeast Goodie Bag giveaway! Check out last week’s post to participate: Sourdough English Muffins .


chicken noodle soup

Rachels Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup


  • 1 whole skinnless chicken, cut up
  • water
  • 1 medium onion, peeled
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 2 carrots, peeled
  • 2 Tbs fresh parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • egg noodles (for serving)


  1. Place chicken pieces in a 6 quart stock pan. Fill stock pan with water.
  2. Bring to a boil, watching closely the first 30 minutes and using a small strainer to collect any material (i.e. skim the "scum") that rises to the surface of the water. This should stop appearing after 30 minutes.
  3. After the first 30 minutes, add the whole onion, celery stalks, carrots, parsley, salt and pepper. Let boil at least 2.5 hours. Do NOT cover- allowing the steam to escape helps to condense the flavors! And you really filled that pot with a lot of water, didn't you?
  4. Serve over egg noodles.

A Keenan Cookbook Original Recipe

chicken noodle soup

What is your traditional or favorite birthday dinner?


2 thoughts

  • October 12, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    What an exciting time this must be for the both of you! This soup sounds fantastic, and I’m sure it was a great birthday treat =)

    • Chris
      October 23, 2012 at 8:23 am

      Never disappoints! Unless you accidentally add cilantro instead of parsley. Then it is terrible 😉

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