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Rosemary Chicken Noodle Soup

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Rosemary Chicken Noodle Soup -- quick and easy to make, and oh-so-comforting |

Happy Friday, everyone!

By the time you read this, I will be tucked away in a cabin with a bunch of girlfriends (and without wifi!) deep in the heart of Arkansas for a long weekend at the lake. And oh man, I’ve been looking forward to this trip for weeks! The plan for the weekend is to blissfully not have a plan, and just spend the weekend relaxing by the lake and sleeping in and cozying up with good books and cooking together and drinking lots of good wine late into the fall evenings and just enjoying the chance to spend days and days off the grid hanging out together.

“Ultimate comfort”, as my friend, Michelle, would call it.

Well on that note, I thought I would leave you with an ultimate comfort food recipe for the weekend while I’m away. As the weather is getting chillier, and everyone is arriving home ready for a warm meal, it seemed only appropriate that we kick off fall soup season with a classic — homemade chicken noodle soup.

Although my favorite way to make this soup is with an herby, aromatic, delicious twist that I think you will all love.

Who’d like some rosemary chicken noodle soup? :)

Rosemary Chicken Noodle Soup -- quick and easy to make, and oh-so-comforting |

When it comes to comfort food, I’m pretty sure that good ol’ chicken soup for the soul is always a good idea.

I love it on chilly evenings, I love it even when it’s warm, I love ordering it out at restaurants, I love making a big pot at home on the stove, I loved popping open the ol’ cans of it back in college, and I love experimenting with fresh and healthier versions today, I love it when I’m sick, I love it when I’m feeling great, I love making a big batch to freeze, I love sharing steaming hot bowls with friends.

Basically, as they said so well on SNL, IloveitIloveitIloveit. :)
Rosemary Chicken Noodle Soup -- quick and easy to make, and oh-so-comforting |

But as much as I indiscriminately love all chicken noodle soup, I have discovered over the years that my favorite way to make it involves one simple tweak — lots and lots and lots of fresh rosemary.

(Well, I strongly recommend fresh rosemary if you can get your paws on it. But dried rosemary — or if you must go dried, I highly recommend using powdered rosemary in order to avoid the little spiky needles — will also work.)

Traditional chicken noodle soup recipes usually use at least a hint of rosemary, usually mixed with thyme. But my version is all rosemary, all the way. It’s fragrant and woodsy flavor gives an unexpected (yet subtle) kick to traditional chicken noodle soup. And every time I make it, people love it and always ask about the “secret” ingredient.

So simple! Yet so deliciously satisfying. :)
Rosemary Chicken Noodle Soup -- quick and easy to make, and oh-so-comforting |

The other great thing about this particular recipe is that it can be ready to go from start to finish in about 30 minutes. My kind of recipe! I tend to take shortcuts by using high-quality organic chicken stock (very important — I recommend Trader Joe’s, Swanson’s, or Kitchen Basics) and I shred a rotisserie chicken while the soup is coming to a boil to save time (although you could also use any pre-cooked chicken like my slow cooker shredded chicken).

Feel free to also sub in your favorite kind of noodles. I went traditional with some wide egg noodles, but whole-wheat pasta, or even gluten-free noodles would also work well.

However you make it — if you love fresh rosemary and you love a big ol’ bowl of chicken noodle soup — I think this one may be just the soup for you this winter. Enjoy, friends!

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Rosemary Chicken Noodle Soup

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  • Prep Time: 8 minutes
  • Cook Time: 22 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


This Rosemary Chicken Noodle Soup recipe is kicked up a notch with the addition of lots of fresh aromatic rosemary, and it’s ready to go in about 30 minutes!


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, peeled and diced
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks celery, ends trimmed and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 8 cups (64 ounces) good-quality chicken stock
  • 34 stalks *fresh rosemary (or more/less to taste)
  • 6 ounces wide egg noodles (or use gluten-free noodles if making this GF)
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • salt and pepper
  • (optional: chopped fresh parsley for garnish)


  1. Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat.  Add onion and saute for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add carrots and celery and saute for another 3-4 minutes, or until the carrots are softened a bit.  Add garlic and saute for an additional 1-2 minutes, or until fragrant.  Add chicken stock and stir until combined.  Gently stir the rosemary into the soup, then continue cooking until the soup reaches a simmer.  Reduce heat to medium, and simmer for an additional 5 minutes until the broth has your desired level of rosemary flavor.  (You can add in more rosemary if needed.)
  2. Once the broth is ready, remove the rosemary, and stir in the egg noodles and chicken.  Continue cooking for 8-10 minutes or until the egg noodles are al dente.  (The longer they cook, the more broth they will soak up.  Feel free to add more chicken stock if desired.)  Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Serve warm, garnished with extra black pepper and fresh parsley if desired.


*A few important notes about rosemary:

If fresh rosemary is not available, you can substitute 2-3 teaspoons (or more) of dried rosemary.  Or 1.5 teaspoons (or more) ground rosemary.  I always recommend starting with less, and then you can always add more if desired.

Also, I’m not a big fan of eating rosemary needles, so I prefer to let the sprigs simmer in the broth until most of their flavor is released, and then just removing them before serving.  But heads up — they soften and tend to fall apart after they simmer for quite awhile.  So I recommend letting them simmer on top of the stock so that you can remove them easily.  As an alternative, you can also mince them up finely and just eat them with the soup.

To each, her or his own when it comes to rosemary preferences.  ;)

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60 comments on “Rosemary Chicken Noodle Soup”

  1. I hope you have the BEST TIME ever at the lake! You totally deserve some time off with the gal pals!!!
    In other news: My face deserves some time with this cozy bowl of chicken soup goodness. This is exactly what I want to eat ALL THE NIGHTS now that it’s cold! Pinned!

  2. This looks delicious Ali! Rosemary is probably my favorite herb this time of year!

  3. My rosemary plant is HUGE right now and I’ve barely used any of it all summer long. I definitely need to try this soup. Have fun on your long weekend getaway! It sounds absolutely perfect.

  4. That looks delicious!  I need to make this 

  5. This looks like the BEST comfort food to warm up with! Enjoy your girl time!

  6. When ever using fresh herbs I will wrap them in cheese cloth and add them to the broth. This makes life much easier when removing them.

  7. YUM. I always use Thyme in my chicken noodle soup, but I’ll have to try this Rosemary rendition. 

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent

  8. Wow!! It looks delicious and takes no more time to cook. I’ll make it.  Will you mind if I share this recipe to my friends ?

    • Thanks, and of course, we think that’s fine, as long as you credit the blog and link back (if sharing on line that is). Enjoy!

  9. Just made this. So easy and so so delicious. 
    The rosemary really makes this soup! 

  10. This was great! My husband loved it so much that it turned into about 5 servings instead of 8 :)

  11. Yeah! Just made this. So easy and so so delicious. I will share this recipe to my friends. 

  12. This looks and sounds so delicious and comforting. Question. Would it work to make a makeshift bag out of cheesecloth and put the fresh rosemary in it to prevent it from separating and going into the rest of the soup? Or even using a tea ball strainer?

  13. In the second paragraph, did you leave out some words? Once the broth??

  14. Not a huge fan of rosemary … What do you think of thyme as the main spice ?

  15. Ali I hope you had a great time in the woods with the girls we need to meet up over coffee and perhaps cook!
    I loved the recipe me and Greg loved the touc of the rosemary, but I made two batches where one I left the rosemary in too long and it became a pain to pull out, so I resorted to powdered and still added a nice twang!
    Since Greg is a spice junkie he added a touch of paprika to his (which I admit was a nice touch, a tip to those who like a little power punch of spicy!)
    Loved the way you described the soup, Ali you legit make my mouth water while I am paroozing your blog, LOL.
    See you soon! Tell Jen I say hey!

  16. Thanks Natalia, we’re so happy you like this! We’re all about some soul-warming comfort food on a cold day. :)

  17. I love Rosemary!! I cannot wait to make this with leftover turkey! We always make turkey noodle soup and I think I’ll use your recipe as the inspiration! Thanks, Ali!

  18. I have made this twice now. It’s quickly becoming a favorite in my house. The second time I made it I put the rosemary in cheesecloth and it made it so much easier. Thank you for this easy and delicious recipe.

  19. I just wanted to say this recipe is AMAZING! Thank you for sharing! I have a household full of sick kiddos this weekend and wanted to make them something that was soothing, healthy and tasty. The Rosemary is truly the secret ingredient. I grabbed a cooked rotisserie chicken from the store and shredded that into my soup which worked perfectly. I will definitely be making this again!

    • Thank you Bonnie! We’re so glad you and your kiddos enjoyed it, and we hope they’re on the mend very soon!

  20. This was so easy to make! I made it for a sick friend of mine! And it was delicious! Thank you!

  21. I made this about a month ago, and it was sooo good! It is like a “classic” chicken noodle soup, only much better. The fresh rosemary really makes it something special, and unlike the canned soup of my childhood made by a famous soup company, I did not need an electron microscope to find a few tiny cubes of meat! One small change I made was to use extra-wide noodles instead of wide, for a somewhat more rustic look. And since I cook turkeys year-round as an inexpensive source of protein and always keep shredded turkey in 2-cup baggies in the freezer to use in soups, I used 2 cups of shredded turkey and incorporated 2 cups of homemade turkey stock as part of the broth. (Couldn’t be easier: I just throw the turkey in a cooking bag and roast following the cooking bag’s directions. When it’s done I’ve got a big hunk of nicely moist turkey for which I find all kinds of uses, especially soups.) There are times in life when the only thing that will do is a bowl of chicken (or turkey) noodle soup. Thanks so much for sharing this!

    • Thanks for sharing Diane — we’re happy to hear you enjoyed this! And we bet those extra-wide noodles looked/tasted awesome in this, as well as the turkey (and omg, homemade turkey stock is unreal)! :D

  22. I wanted to say – this soup is phenomenal.  All of us had had quite enough of canned cream of ingredient soup….to the point of being grossed out by the thought of soup.  I got a copy of this in my email one day and figured I would give it a shot.  It gets requested….my son has a cold today & when I asked what he wanted for dinner, this was it.  So, thank you!

    • You’re welcome Sheila — we’re so happy you and your son enjoyed this — we hope he feels better soon! :D

  23. Made this last Friday for dinner and it was delicious. Husband loved it ^_^. I will make this again.

    • Thanks for sharing with us Sandy — we’re so glad you both enjoyed it!

  24. Hi,

    How would I freeze this? Without the noodles?


    • Hi Kim! Yes, we would recommend freezing it without the noodles if you can (it will still be fine if you do freeze it with them, they’ll just hold up a bit better if you don’t). We hope this helps and that you enjoy!

  25. I made this tonight for my family. Absolutely love it, very delicious! Will be making again and again! 

  26. How many does this recipe serve? Thanks

  27. I just made this recipe and oh my! It was amazing! My picky 2 year old was obsessed. She even ate all the veggies :)

  28. I made this. I loved the freshness of the ingredients and used fresh rosemary!

  29. My 12 year old daughter and I made this with GF noodles for dinner last night when expecting out of town guests (we also made creamy tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches). Everyone loved this soup! It is on my families favorite list. I enjoyed that it was easy to make and my second born, who is learning to cook, can make this and add it to her own recipe collection. Thank you so much for putting this recipe up and allowing me to enjoy chicken noodle soup again.

  30. I loved this soup. I made it with leftover turkey and it came out great.

  31. Made this soup yesterday and am making more tonight! It was absolutely delicious and easy! Yum Yum!! My new favorite chicken soup recipe! Loved the fresh rosemary so much!! It adds such a subtle but undeniable unique flavor to the broth! My oh my! So happy ?

  32. This is, hands-down, the best Chicken Noodle Soup recipe I have ever made. So simple, yet so solidly, comfortingly flavorful – it warmed my soul. Thank you, Ali.

  33. I love this soup! It’s totally my go-to. Just made it again and realized I never did leave a review, even though I thought I did. Thanks for this recipe!

  34. I would give this several more stars if I could!!
    This is so DELICIOUS! This is by far the best chicken soup I have ever made!
    I will be making this a lot!!
    Thanks for the recipe :-)

  35. Been making this for years since I first stumbled upon your recipe and found it easy and delicious. I always have fresh rosemary in the garden, and occasional supplies of “pit” chicken from friends whose kids do fundraising for school activities. I’ve even served it for company and it has become my go-to recipe for chicken noodle soup.

  36. This is definitely my go to Chicken Noodle Soup … my daughter loves it over rice. So I keep it noodle free and adapt to who ever is eating it… Rosemary and Rotisserie Chicken send it over the top.

  37. This is seriously one of the best chicken soups I’ve ever had. We’ve just moved from Arizona to Michigan, so definitely living somewhere we can have soup more and your recipe will be one of the firsts we make in our new home!! Love love love this delicious recipe.

  38. This is “the” chicken noodle soup recipe that I use every time and it is delicious and so warming!!

  39. Making this tonight for the 2nd time. Excellent soup. Actually bought a live rosemary plant so we can always have it at the ready when we want this soup again!!