Chicken Soup with Homemade Noodles

  • Yield: 10 servings

'I am the first in my family to write down the exact ingredients for this recipe. I tweaked it a bit from my mother's method. She adapted it from her grandmother who brought the recipe to America from Germany in the late 1800s.'


1 3- to 4-pound hen or broiler, halved
1medium onion, chopped
3 to 4 ribs celery, chopped
1teaspoon celery seed
2 to 3 carrots, chopped
2 bay leaves
1tablespoon salt
1/2tablespoon pepper
2tablespoons vinegar
1teaspoon sugar
2 chicken bouillon cubes
2large eggs
4tablespoons milk or cream
1/2teaspoon salt
2cups all-purpose flour


  1. Place the chicken in a large stockpot or soup kettle. Cover with water (about 8 cups). Bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove foam with a slotted spoon as it forms on top. Add the onion, celery, celery seed, carrots, bay leaves, salt, pepper, vinegar, sugar, and bouillon cubes. Reduce temperature, and simmer for 1 to 2 hours, until the meat is tender. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  2. Remove the chicken from the pot. Discard the bones and skin. Chop the meat when cool enough to handle. Set aside. Reserve the stock for boiling the noodles.
  3. To prepare the noodles, beat the eggs with a fork in a medium- size bowl. Stir in the milk and salt. Add the flour, and blend with the fork until the dough can be worked with your fingers.
  4. Separate the dough into two pieces. On a floured surface, roll out each piece of dough with a rolling pin until thin, keeping the rolling surface floured to avoid sticking. Slice the dough into thin strips. Place on waxed paper, and allow to dry for 20 to 30 minutes. Add the strips to the hot broth, and cook for about 10 minutes, until tender. Stir in the meat and serve.

—Lindsay Bezner, Lindsay, TX