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Here's my favorite chicken noodle soup recipe. It's super easy and is ready in less than an hour. Might be the cheater's way, but I like it and it gets rave reviews.

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 med. garlic clove, finely chopped
4 cups chicken broth or stock (I make it from boullion granules)
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
1 med. bay leaf
1 cup medium egg noodles (heaping if you like lots of noodles)
2 cups bite-sized pieces of cooked chicken
Salt and pepper to taste.

In a large pot (dutch oven or so size), heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, celery and garlic and cook, stirring frequenly, for 5 to 7 minutes until veggies are tender.

Add the chicken broth, tomatoes with juice, basil and bay leaf. Bring to a boil.

Stir in the noodles and cook for 7 minutes.

Add the chicken and cook until chicken is heated through. Remove bay leaf before serving. Makes 4-6 servings.

I also will sometimes add a good dollop of green chile or a dash of crushed red pepper if I want to kick it up a notch. I keep leftover cooked chicken in the freezer so making this soup can be done pretty much on the spur of the moment.

Hope you enjoy it!
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