$0.35 per cup 63% savings save $70.80 yearly
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If you've been following this site, you've had an idea from two of my recent posts on homemade egg noodles and chicken stock that I'd be leading up to this...
The ULTIMATE chicken noodle soup recipe!
I've been making some form of chicken noodle soup for years, and THIS is the final product of all that experimentation. And it is so good! (Not to toot my own horn or anything...)
Rich, thick, chicken stock, hearty noodles, tender chicken, and tasty vegetables, make this classic take on chicken noodle soup amazingly delicious, without being over-complicated, and a favorite of my family.
It is, in a word,
*Makes 6 servings (about 12 cups)
8 cups chicken stock (or chicken broth)
1 cup cooked chicken, chopped
3 large carrots, peeled and chopped
1 large celery stalk, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups homemade egg noodles (or 2 cups store-bought)
1 dried bay leaf, crushed (opt.)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
In a large pot, bring chicken stock, carrots, celery, crushed bay leaf, salt, and pepper to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and let cook till carrots are softening, but still mostly firm (8-10 minutes).
Add the chicken and noodles, cover, and let cook, uncovered, until the noodles are completely cooked through (15 -20 minutes). Taste, and adjust salt and pepper as desired.
Serve immediately, or store in covered containers in the refrigerator for 2-3 days, or in the freezer 2-3 months.
~ Savings ~
8 cups homemade chicken stock - $0.29/C = $2.30
1 rotisserie chicken - $5.48 - used 4 times = $1.370
2 lb. bag whole carrots - $1.48 = $0.740/lb = $0.222
1 lb bag celery - $1.48 = 15 ribs = $0.100/rib = $0.100
1 lb homemade egg noodles - $0.64 = 3 batches = $0.021
0.12 oz. bay leaves - $2.96 = 18 leaves = $0.164 ea = $0.164
26 oz. salt - $0.42 = 122.75 tsp = $0.003/tsp = $0.0015
8 oz. black pepper - $3.84 = 37.75 tsp = $0.102/tsp = $0.013
Total Recipe Cost: $4.20
Cost per Cup: $0.35
Progresso Traditional Chicken Noodle Soup (19 oz.) - $1.88
Cost per Cup - $0.94
"Over a year" scenario
Make Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup 10 times = $42.00
Buy equivalent Progresso Traditional Chicken Noodle Soup = $112.80
*Money Saved: $70.80