How To Make Chicken Noodle Soup More Nutritious With These 4 Super Ingredients

Chicken Noodle Soup is a delicious, easy, and healthy soup to make. This version has four extra ingredients that add even more healthy benefits. These ingredients increase the nutritional benefits of an already-healthy soup.

The four super ingredients are barley, spinach, turmeric, and fresh ginger. Check out the health benefits of these ingredients after the recipe.

This chicken noodle soup is delicious and it makes a great meal or side-dish. I also include the instructions for making Chicken Rice Soup as well.

Plus, Chicken Noodle Soup is inexpensive to make. It costs less than $1 per portion, even with the four extra ingredients.

Please note that barley does contain gluten so this recipe of Chicken Noodle Soup is not gluten-free, but the Chicken Rice Soup is gluten-free.

January 25, 2021 by Deborah Esplin

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Video On How To Make Chicken Noodle Soup

Watch the video above or see the printed instructions below.

Here is the recipe for the Chicken Noodle Soup in a format that you can download and print. The ingredients and steps are listed below.

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Documentation

Equipment To Make Chicken Noodle Soup

Do you have all the tools that you need to make soup or stew?

A stockpot is a very useful piece of equipment because the making of a soup involves a lot of liquid. Having a good-sized stockpot means that you can make bigger batches at one time, which is a more efficient way to cook.

If you need equipment, check out my suggestions for the essential items to make cooking easier. Soup & Stew Essentials Kit.

Ingredients for  Chicken Noodle Soup

5 (500 g) Carrots, chopped

3 (500 g) Potatoes, chopped

4 (300 g) celery sticks, chopped

1/2 Onion & 1 clove Garlic, diced

1.5 cup (300 g) Barley

2.7 L Chicken broth

2.7 L Water

1.25 cup (125 g) Chicken meat

1/4 bag (50 g ) Fresh Spinach, chopped

2 tbsp (10 g) Fresh Ginger, diced

1.5 cup (220 g) Noodles

1.3 tbsp (20 mL) each Salt and Pepper

1 tbsp (15 mL) each Mustard Powder, Italian Seasoning, Poultry Seasoning

2 tbsp (30 mL) Tumeric

3 tbsp (45 mL) each of Olive oil, Poultry bouillon, Lemon juice, Apple cider vinegar, Balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp (15mL) each of Corn starch and Water

Do you need some of these flavour ingredients? Check out my Essential Flavours Kit.

Preparation Instructions For Chicken Noodle Soup

Peel and wash the carrots and potatoes. Wash the celery. Chop these vegetables into bite-size pieces. Add to a stockpot or large pot with the broth, water, chicken, and barley. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes covered.

Add the dry seasoning ingredients, liquid flavour ingredients, and the noodles. Simmer for 20 minutes covered.

Mix the water and cornstarch together and add to the soup mixture. Simmer for one minute.

Taste and adjust the seasoning as desired. Your soup is ready.

Note: This soup can be stored in the fridge for four days. It can also be frozen.

Tip: You can use any kind of noodle, but the smaller noodles are better for soup.

Serving suggestions: Serve this soup hot with fresh herbs sprinkled on top. You can also add a dap of plain yogurt or a little bit of grated cheese.

Note: If you want to make Chicken Rice Soup instead, then cook the soup following this recipe but do not add the noodles. Instead, add 2 to 3 cups of cooked rice at the end of the soup cooking.

Health Benefits of Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup is very nutritious and research has shown that it can boost immune function and decreases the feelings of sickness associated with a cold or flu. The nutrients in Chicken Noodle Soup can reduce the inflammation associated with a cold or flu.

Chicken Noodle Soup can also improve the health of the cilia in your nose which improves their ability to block viruses from entering your respiratory system.

Plus, Chicken Noodle Soup just tastes so good. That, in itself, is a strong reason to make and eat it.

Health Benefits of Barley

Barley is rich in vitamins and minerals including molybdenum, manganese, and selenium. These are trace minerals that are important for our health. Barley is a whole-grain and is rich in fiber. Please note that Pearly Barley has had some of the bran removed during the polishing process so it contains a little less bran than Pot Barley.

Barley also contains lignans, anti-oxidants, that are linked to lower risks of cancer and heart disease. Barley also helps reduce the risk of colon cancer. Barley provides a feeling of fullness over a decent period of time and improves bowel motility, thus reducing constipation.

Health Benefits of Spinach

Spinach is rich in vitamin K, iron, vitamin C, and folate. Spinach is also a good source of chlorophyll and carotenoids, compounds that have anti-inflammatory properties and are good for eye health.

Health Benefits of Fresh Ginger

Fresh ginger is rich in antioxidants that reduce free radicals and oxidative stress in the body. Fresh ginger reduces inflammation. Plus it can help to calm an irritated gut and just tastes good.

Health Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric contains curcumin, a bioactive compound with powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Reducing inflammation is a good way to improve your health.

As you can see, there is a theme here. Chicken Noodle Soup can reduce inflammation. These four extra ingredients can also reduce inflammation. This version of Chicken Noodle Soup definitely deserves a spot in your recipe book as a great soup to make especially in the colder months, not just because it is delicious, but also because it is so healthy and inexpensive.

Let me know if you try the recipe. Put a comment here or take a photo and tag me on Instagram. @debbieesplinfood

Here is a recipe on how to make your own bone broth or stock. Making your own chicken stock for this soup increases the health benefits.

 

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