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South Beach Diet Friendly Chicken Noodle Soup with Thyme

Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken Noodle Soup, using Dreamfield’s Pasta for the noodles!

Thanks to everyone who has inquired about how I’m feeling after I was sick for what seemed like months, but was really only weeks. After my doctor put me on some strong antibiotics, I’m doing much better. It was during the time I was still feeling sickly that I made this soup, something that came out of an “aha” moment when I realized I could use Dreamfields Linguini for the noodles in chicken noodle soup and it would be South Beach Diet friendly. I used leftover rotisserie chicken for the meat in this recipe, and I loved the way this soup turned out! Some of you may think this looks like a pretty unexciting recipe, but trust me, mothers everywhere who are South Beach Dieters will thank me for this!

Although I haven’t raved about thyme like I have cilantro, basil, or tarragon, I truly love the taste of it, and to me it’s an essential ingredient in so many dishes that feature chicken. For soup, I often use dried thyme, since thyme is one of the hard herbs, which are suitable for long cooking times. Thyme is one of the World’s Healthiest Foods, and has been long used as a natural medicine to treat respiratory problems, making chicken soup perfect for colds! There are actually 350 different types of thyme, and in my experience, they are all quite easy to grow. Thyme is used in many types of different dishes, making it well worth the garden space. Since I’ve been spending more time on a Menu for Hope than cooking this week, I hope Astrid from Paulchen’s Food Blog won’t consider this too much of a boring entry for Weekend Herb Blogging.

South Beach Diet Friendly Chicken Noodle Soup
(Makes about 6 servings, recipe created by Kalyn.)

1 medium onion, diced small
1 cup diced celery (about 3 pieces of celery)
1 cup chopped carrots (cut in half or fourths, then sliced)
1 T olive oil
2 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. poultry seasoning (I use Penzeys)
8 cups homemade chicken stock (or 4 cans chicken broth and 1/2 can water)
2 cups diced cooked chicken
1/2 – 2/3 cup broken Dreamfields linguini noodles or whole wheat linguini noodles (use 1/2 cup for thinner soup or 2/3 cup for more noodles)
fresh ground black pepper


Heat olive oil in heavy soup pot, add onions, celery, carrots, and herbs and saute about 5 minutes. Add stock, turn heat to very low and simmer 30 minutes.

Add chicken, simmer 30 minutes more. Check to see how much liquid has evaporated and add 1/2 to 1 cup water if needed.

Turn heat up to a low but steady boil and add noodles. Simmer 20-30 minutes, until noodles are soft. Season to taste with fresh ground black pepper. Serve hot.

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South Beach Suggestions:

(Edit June 2011 – I have recently learned that if Dreamfields pasta is cooked for a long time or reheated it increases the glycemic index, so this recipe is probably phase 3 if made with Dreamfields unless it’s cooked until the noodles are barely done.  It would definitely be phase 3 if the soup is reheated.)  Made with whole wheat linguini, this recipe would be phase 2 or 3 for the South Beach Diet.

More Comforting Soups with Thyme:
(Recipes from other blogs may or may not be South Beach Diet friendly, check ingredients.)
Chicken Barley Soup
Curried Chicken Soup with Broccoli
Chicken and Dumplings from Simply Recipes
Corn and Thyme Soup with Seared Chicken Thighs and Asparagus from Christine Cooks
Chicken Noodle and Fresh Thyme Soup from A Fridge Full of Food
Hearty Vegetable Soup with Thyme from What Did You Eat
Chicken, Sausage, and Rice Soup from Culinary in the Country
Garbanzo Garlic Soup from Vanilla Garlic
Chicken Noodle Soup from Delicious Days

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20 comments on “South Beach Diet Friendly Chicken Noodle Soup with Thyme”

  1. (oh yes – and glad to hear you’re finally feeling better. 🙂 )

  2. Anything that uses thyme gets my vote for exciting (relatively speaking) – I’ve been through a couple of thyme plants which haven’t survived more than a year, and I really miss it when it’s gone.

  3. Chicken soup is good for all rmedies, so I hope you will recover soon.
    Meanwhile enjoy the days between the years, and I´m looking forward to all these WHBs next year!! 🙂

  4. mmm, i love that soup!! Thanks.

  5. Lovely! It’s perfect for cold days 🙂

  6. I wish I could say that I was all better, but that would be a lie. But I am a lot better, and I’m staying home from school on Monday, so now I have three days to rest (and shop, cook, take photos, send Christmas cards, and blog, but I promise I will rest some of the time.)

  7. I hope you are feeling better by now, Babycakes. Enough is enough.

    And I had to chime in on thyme. I love it! My last garden (on Cape Cod) had several mounds of silver edged thyme, lemon thyme, and a classic low growing thyme (I cannot remember the name). I started them from tiny plants.

    The bees loved thyme. I hope to grow it again- maybe in California?



  8. Hey, I just noticed the little Blogger image next to the names so now I want to know if someone who’s signed in to something besides Blogger leaves a comment, are there other images. (This is just so cool that you can use multiple identities.)

  9. Kalyn, I’m so glad you’re feeling better. Your soup sounds and looks delicious. I had no idea there were so many varieties of thyme – I have four kinds in my garden which serve me well. Thanks for the link!

  10. What neat info about thyme! Your chicken noodle recipe sounds perfect for a chilly day.

  11. Hi everyone,
    I’m hoping I didn’t speak too soon about feeling better. I have now moved into the coughing phase I think. but I only have three days of antibiotics left, so I am hoping for the best. (and Lydia, it’s snowing like crazy here too.)

  12. Just before the snow arrived today (12 inches and still coming down), I picked some thyme from the garden. And now here is your wonderful soup, calling for thyme. I’m definitely going to make a pot, to get me through a cold morning of shoveling tomorrow!

  13. Great looking soup, Kalyn. I LOVE chicken noodle soup, especially when I’m feeling bad. It’s the home-iness of the broth, I think. Hope you get to feeling better soon!

    (Thanks for the link)

  14. The soup looks divine and yes I love the bowl.
    I do hope you feeling 100% soon. I’m so glad we’re having some cold here and soup is so much more appealing.
    I always have to smile when I have a moment like you describe with the noodles when I see something that should have been so obvious and just wasn’t until I let myself see, I guess that’s stepping out of the box.
    And yes this is perfect for using some of that rotisserie chicken.

  15. This looks super-comforting – no wonder chicken soup has become international shorthand for “get well soon” 😉 I have also recently discovered thyme in a big way – it goes so well with so many things. I made a roasted root vegetable soup with thyme last week – you have just reminded me to post it for WHB 🙂

  16. I often get what I think of as an end-of-the-semester virus–probably a result of stress and sneezing students. Chicken soup essential for this.

  17. I try to have thyme on hand often. What a comforting and delicious soup for these cold winter days.Nothing will cure like a good homemade chicken soup!!!! Get better soon!!!

  18. Kalyn, that’s a hearty chicken soup.You should have made it earlier and I’m sure you would have bounced back from your illness in no time.

    Glad your feeling better, cheers!

  19. Kalyn, have a speedy recovery!
    Last time I made home-made chicken stock (for your lentil soup) from scraps of rotisserie chicken, the taste was really wonderful. Me too, really love thyme.

  20. Beautiful picture! I love that bowl. Thanks for mentioning me! Thyme is one of my favorites and your soup looks delicious.

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