Chicken noodle soup is a wonderful comfort food that can be conveniently cooked at home or bought from the store. Chicken noodle coup is basically made from chicken simmered in water. Other ingredients like vegetables, noodles, pasta, rice, and more are normally added in the chicken noodle soup.
A hot bowl of chicken noodle soup is soothing and provides warmth to combat cold. If you’re feeling sick or you know someone else who is, you can prepare a nice bowl of chicken noodle soup and gift it to them.
Chicken noodle soup is rich in proteins, carbs, and vitamins that boost one’s immunity. The vegetables found in the soup are great sources of vitamin K, vitamin C, antioxidants, and various other minerals.
Because of how nutritious chicken noodle soup is, you can add it in your diet. The combined properties of chicken noodle soup make it a great food for fortifying the immune system.
If you have any leftover chicken noodle soup that you’d like to preserve for later, what do you do?
Can you freeze chicken noodle soup? Yes, you can freeze chicken noodle soup. Without the pasta, chicken noodle soup will freeze well. If done correctly, freezing will preserve chicken soup for about 4 – 6 months. If you’re about to make a fresh batch of chicken noodle soup from scratch, it is best to leave out the noodles if you have any intention of freezing all or part of the soup.
Left out pasta and other ingredients like cream can always be added later on after the frozen soup has been thawed and is being reheated. To know more about freezing chicken noodle soup, keep reading.
Freezing Chicken Noodle Soup
Personally, I wouldn’t like to see a good bowl of fresh or leftover chicken noodle soup go to waste. However, the pasta content of chicken noodle soup will turn mushy after a while in the freezer.
It is best if you keep leftover chicken noodle soup with pasta preserved in the refrigerator for a few days – instead of several months in the freezer. Refrigeration will safely keep leftover chicken noodle soup for about 3 – 4 days.
If you know that you’ll be freezing a batch of fresh chicken noodle soup, leave out the noodles until you’ve frozen, thawed, and want to reheat the freezer-preserved soup. You can quickly cook the amount of noodles you wish to add and put them in the chicken noodle soup to blend nicely with other pre-added ingredients.
How to Freeze Chicken Noodle Soup
Now that we’ve established that freezing works well for chicken noodle soup without the noodles, here are some effective steps that you should follow for the best results:
Step 1: Cook Chicken Noodle Soup without the Noodles
If you’ll be cooking the chicken noodle soup from scratch, you should skip the noodles. Noodles will turn mushy after being kept in the freezer for some time. You should also avoid using any dairy product in the soup until it has been frozen, thawed, and is being reheated. Creamy soups will end up losing their consistency as the milk proteins separate from the soup’s liquids. The noodles can always be cooked fresh added in the soup later on.
Step 2: Allow Hot Chicken Noodle Soup to Cool
The chicken noodle soup will still be hot after you’ve just made it. It is important that you give the soup some time to cool. Putting hot chicken noodle soup directly in the freezer will create unwanted problems. The soup’s heat will increase the freezer’s temperature and cause other food items in the freezer to repeatedly thaw and refreeze.
As the chicken noodle soup is left out to cool, you must be mindful of the time. Chicken noodle soup cannot sit out at room temperature for more than 2 hours. After the soup has cooled, start packaging it for long-term preservation in the freezer.
Step 3: Transfer Soup into Freezer-Safe Container
Transfer the cooled chicken noodle soup into a freezer-safe container. If you can’t find a single container that’s large enough to hold all the soup, simply divide the soup into multiple smaller containers. Leave a little space for possible expansion at the top of the container.
The container of your choosing should have a lid that can be sealed tight. Once the container has been filled with chicken noodle soup, seal the lid properly so that cold air doesn’t spoil the soup.
Alternatively, you can freeze chicken noodle soup in a plastic freezer-safe bag. The plastic bag won’t take up as much space as the container – multiple freezer-safe bags may even be stacked on top of each other to save space.
Step 4: Label the Packaging and Keep in Secure Freezer Compartment
Use a marker to write the present date on the container or freezer-safe bag. The written date will help keep you reminded of how long you’ve frozen the chicken noodle soup for. In addition to the date, you can also write which ingredients you’d like to add once the frozen soup has been thawed and reheated.
Locate a clear space inside the freezer to keep your chicken noodle soup. Make sure you don’t place heavier food items on freezer-safe bags containing the soup.
How to Thaw and Reheat Frozen Chicken Noodle Soup
Thawing frozen soup is easy. Simply take the frozen chicken noodle soup out of the freezer and leave it inside the refrigerator overnight – the soup will have thawed by the next morning.
It is best to only thaw a portion of the frozen soup that you finish at once. If chicken noodle soup has been frozen and thawed, it is not advisable to refreeze it again.
After thawing your frozen chicken noodle soup, don’t just leave it to sit out at room temperature. Microwave the soup so that it can be hot and ready to serve. Set your microwave’s temperature to high and leave the soup to heat for about 20 seconds.
If your soup’s consistency is altered, you can simply stir it back together with a sturdy spoon as it reheats.