Copycat Panera Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

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Recipes.net Team Published August 21, 2020
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Panera Bread may have started as a local bakery and a cafe in Sunset Hills, Missouri, but it quickly grew to hundreds of branches nationwide. The restaurant is known for its pastries, pasta, sandwiches, and soups. As a matter of fact, Panera Bread’s soups are a perfect complement to their Paninis and sandwiches that sometimes people come back more for their soup. Here, we’ll show you how to recreate Panera Bread’s signature chicken noodle soup recipe that will surely keep your body and heart warm.

Filled with healthy vegetables and lean chicken breasts, the ingredients needed for this soup are both healthy and inexpensive. And adding some flavorful seasoning like thyme and parsley give this seemingly simple soup even more rich depth in flavor. We also recommend adding chili powder if you want a slightly spicy kick in your soup.

Now if you want to make this soup your own, you can also personalize it by adding some of your favorite veggies. Sweet corn, potatoes, broccoli, anything goes, really. As for the noodles, you can also switch things up and use your preferred pasta, from elbow macaroni to rotini. Just use anything you have on hand, it’ll still be just as good as long as you get the broth right!

This chicken noodle soup recipe is perfect during the cold season or can be served when one is feeling under the weather. It’s also a simple and straightforward homemade soup that even beginners can follow easily. If you want to go ahead and try more soup recipes, you might want to get your hands on this Sweet Potato Soup recipe.

How To Make Copycat Panera Chicken Noodle Soup

This dish features tender chunks of chicken, vegetables, and egg noodles in a savory broth. It’s very easy to make and will definitely warm you up from the inside out.

  • 5 cups low-fat chicken broth
  • ½ cup celery stalks (sliced)
  • ½ cup carrot (peeled and sliced)
  • 8 oz frozen peas (thawed and drained)
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried parsley flakes
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 4 chicken breasts (boneless and skinless, cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 3 oz wide egg noodles (cooked and drained)
  1. In a large stockpot over medium-high heat, stir together the chicken broth, celery, carrot, peas, garlic, onion powder, parsley flakes, and thyme.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Let the soup simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Add chicken and continue cooking for about 10 minutes until chicken is cooked through and tender.
  4. While chicken is cooking, stir in egg noodles. Cook noodles until al dente.
  5. Scoop the noodles and soup into a bowl and serve hot.

We suggest using a noodle strainer to cook the noodles in the soup. It will make it easier to keep the noodles strands together and cook them evenly in the soup.

How To Make Copycat Panera Chicken Noodle Soup

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This dish features tender chunks of chicken, vegetables, and egg noodles in a savory broth. It's very easy to make and will definitely warm you up from the inside out.

Preparation Time: 20 mins
Cooking Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Serves:
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Ingredients

  • 5 cups low-fat chicken broth
  • ½ cup celery stalks, sliced
  • ½ cup carrot, peeled and sliced
  • 8 oz frozen peas, thawed and drained
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried marjoram
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 4-6 oz chicken breasts boneless and skinless, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 oz wide egg noodles cooked and drained

Instructions

  1. In a large soup pot over medium-high heat, stir together the chicken broth, celery, carrot, peas, garlic, onion powder, marjoram, and thyme.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Let the soup simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Add chicken and continue cooking for about 10 minutes until chicken is cooked through and tender.
  4. While chicken is cooking, stir in egg noodles. Cook noodles until al dente.
  5. Scoop the noodles and soup into a bowl and serve hot.

Recipe Notes

We suggest using a noodle strainer to cook the noodles in the soup. It will make it easier to keep the noodles strands together and cook them evenly in the soup.

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Nutrition

  • Calcium: 32mg
  • Calories: 97kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 14g
  • Cholesterol: 18mg
  • Fat: 1g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Potassium: 320mg
  • Protein: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 569mg
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Vitamin A: 1588IU
  • Vitamin C: 23mg
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Commonly Asked Questions

How to tell if my noodles are cooked?

The noodles should have a soft, chewy bite to them. If they taste too doughy, they are probably still raw and undercooked so cook them a little longer.

I don’t like egg noodles, can I use other noodles instead?

Of course, you can! This noodle soup tastes great with elbow macaroni or even instant ramen noodles if you are in a pinch. 

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Conclusion

This bowl of noodle soup is the perfect comfort soup for those cold days or when you are feeling under the weather. It is warm, rich in flavor, and super healthy for you as well.

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