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A bowl of Zoë François's mom Lorraine's chicken noodle soup.

Lorraine's Chicken Noodle Soup

This is my mom's version of the chicken noodle soup that was ubiquitous in my family. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Course: dinner, Soup


  • 1 whole organic chicken 3-4 lbs
  • 2 large yellow onions
  • 1 lb carrots peeled and cut into thirds
  • 4-5 celery stalks large cuts
  • 3 parsnips large cuts
  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 bunch fresh dill
  • 1 package thin egg noodles
  • 2-2.5 tbsp salt
  • fresh black pepper to taste I use lots


  • Place Chicken in large soup pot. Place all vegetables around chicken. Add salt and pepper as well as 11 cups of water. Submerge the entire bunch of dill in the water.
  • Bring to boil. Skim foam from surface if necessary. Turn heat down to medium simmer and cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • Remove chicken and cut into pieces or shred. Remove all vegetables except for carrots. Return chicken to pot and serve soup with thin egg noodles.