I started out this month with a spaghetti squash so it only seems fitting that I close with one more recipe using that cooked squash. In January I have focused on low carb recipes. And it’s National Soup Month and the height of cold and flu season so, of course, a low carb chicken noodle soup is what the doctor ordered!
How to make chicken noodle soup low carb
When making a low carb soup, caution signs appear for noodles. Too many carbs! The typical substitution is zucchini noodles, or “zoodles.” However, I wanted to use spaghetti squash as the noodle replacement (And I think spaghetti squash noodles deserve their own word. How about “squoodles?”) Like zucchini noodles, “squoodles” (my recipe, so my word) have very little flavor and adapt easily to most any flavor profile.
In my opinion, the most important ingredient for this soup is the broth. At minimum, use chicken broth but for even better flavor, use bone broth. Homemade, if possible. So much more flavor than the alternatives.
Once you have the spaghetti squash and broth lined up, the rest of the ingredients are pretty standard: carrots, celery, onions, shredded cooked chicken and a few spices. To get things started, I like to cook vegetables in a little oil then add everything else to the pan and bring to a boil. Let this simmer for at least 15 minutes to ensure the vegetables are completely cooked, but an hour is even better.
This soup is warm and satisfying and keeps well in the fridge.
FYI, I have not tried freezing any (I just eat it all, LOL). If you want to freeze it I’ve seen recommendations to separate the squash from the soup and freeze. Combine it later when thawed. I haven’t tried this, but in case you like big batches and the convenience of freezing, it’s something to consider.
This is a perfect soup for a cold winter day!
Low Carb Chicken “Noodle” Soup
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 1 celery rib chopped
- 1 carrot chopped
- 5 cups broth chicken or bone
- 2 cups chicken cooked and shredded
- 1½ cups spaghetti squash cooked and shredded
- ½ teaspoon thyme
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
- 1 bay leaf
- In a medium saucepan, heat oil on medium-high heat. Add onion, celery and carrot and sauté until onion is translucent (about 5 minutes).
- Add broth, chicken, spaghetti squash and all spices. Heat to a boil, lower heat to simmer.
- Simmer, covered, for at least 15 minutes or up to an hour.
Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.
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This was easy to make and so delicious! Definitely keeping this on hand for the winter.
I'm so glad you like it! Its a favorite in this house!
When comfort food season rolls around, bowls of food are the best. Chicken noodle soup is always a hit. The best way to warm up on a cold winter day.
I agree, this is perfect for comfort food season!
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Love the use of spaghetti squash for noodles. This sounds absolutely delicious and I love that it is low carb.
It really is good - I hope you try it soon!
This is total comfort food, and a must for when I am feeling ill. I love the look of this low carb version
Yes it is so perfect for when you feel a little run down!
I'm such a huge fan of spaghetti squash, but somehow it just never occurred to me to sub it into chicken noodle soup. Brilliant idea! A unique change of pace that's so perfect for people watching their carbs - plus all that wonderful spaghetti squash nutrition!
Exactly Shelley - it hits all the high points for me!
Yummy! This look so look delicious and tasty! I can't wait to give this a try!
I hope you try it soon Beth!
Today is rainy and cold....so perfect for this soup! I just sent my hubby out to grab a crusty french roll to serve alongside it. Yum!
It hits the spot on any cold and rainy day!
This is total comfort food and this looks like a great low carb version.
Yes, and so hard to combine comfort food with low carb - this one works!
Such a warming and comforting chicken noodle soup. Perfect for lunch.
It is one of my favorite lunches!
I could have soup everyday in this season. This low carb soup is just the thing I would love.
Yes, its that kind of soup!
I could eat soup every day and will be adding this to my rotation! Sounds so good
Oh me too - soup is so satisfying!
Looks delicious I cannot wait to try it.