Better than Grandma’s Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

I mean, I don’t know your Grandma or her soup, but after years of disappointing chicken noodle soups this Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup is worthy of the blog! 

Better than Grandma’s Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup with Rotisserie Chicken

Seriously, I have tried what seems like one billion chicken noodle soup recipes. I feel really bad saying this, but I’ve really never enjoyed any at all. That’s not true, I got the best recipe ever once, but it was years ago from one of our landlords, Adele, and I’ve since lost it. Ugh, such a bummer.

Homemade chicken noodle soup usually tastes so bland and the celery is too crunchy for my liking. Not this Instant Pot chicken soup though — one missing ingredient changed everything. 

I was out of onion. I don’t know how it happened, but I was. Who doesn’t have an onion on hand?? I’m a huge fan of mirepoix for soups, slowly cooking up celery, carrots, onion and garlic for soup to add a great base of flavor. However, with no onion, things would have to be different.

Once there wasn’t onion I didn’t really feel like peeling garlic either, so I hit the cupboard for garlic powder and noticed half an envelope of onion soup mix. On a whim I threw it in and my goodness, it was amazing!!!! The best chicken noodle soup recipe EVER. 

And there’s nutmeg in there too. It gives an extra earthy warmth that the soup usually lacks.

Better than Grandma’s Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup Ingredients 

We love making this Instant Pot chicken noodle soup with fresh pasta, but you can certainly use dried if that’s easier for you. In the ingredients list below, I’ve simply listed “Pasta,” but I included our fresh pasta recipe in the recipe card at the end of this post in case you’re curious how we make it! 

Here’s what we used in this pressure cooker chicken noodle soup recipe: 

  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Olive oil
  • Onion soup mix
  • Thyme
  • Parsley
  • Nutmeg
  • Better Than Bouillon Roasted Chicken Base
  • Water
  • Rotisserie chicken
  • Salt 
  • Pasta (fresh or dried)

Better than Grandma’s Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

How to Make Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

I will never stop saying how much I love cooking with my Instant Pot. It makes prepping recipes like this homemade chicken noodle soup so much easier! Here’s how we made this easy chicken noodle soup: 

  1. Pour the olive oil in first and then add the celery and carrots. Sauté until softened.
  2. Add the onion soup mix, herbs, and other seasonings and stir for 20-30 seconds.
  3. Pour in the liquid to create the broth.
  4. Add the shredded rotisserie chicken.
  5. Put the lid on the Instant Pot with the valve set to seal.
  6. Turn off the Instant Pot and then turn it back on and set it to “Soup” for 7 minutes. At this point, you switch the Instant Pot to a quick release by turning the valve to “Steam.” Do this carefully so you don’t get burned by the steam!
  7. Once the steam has released, remove the lid, turn the Instant Pot back to “Saute” and drop in your fresh noodles (instructions for making fresh pasta are below). Season to taste with salt. 
  8. Serve immediately. 

Tip: If you haven’t seen our Instant Pot Cheat Sheet yet, go check it out! It is such a lifesaver!

Better than Grandma’s Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Can I Make Chicken Noodle Soup on the Stovetop?

Absolutely! We like to use a dutch oven for soups like this, like our most favorite pot ever, but any pot will do.

Heat the pot over medium heat and then add the olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the vegetables and sauté them for a minute or two. Then proceed with all the same steps listed for the Instant Pot method.

Once you have added the shredded rotisserie chicken, cover your pot with a lid and cook for about 30 minutes over medium-low heat.

When the carrots are tender, drop in the fresh noodles and allow them to cook for a minute or two. Salt to taste and bon appetit!

Can I Make CrockPot Chicken Noodle Soup?

Yes again! If you want a better flavor and have the time, sauté the vegetables on the stove top before adding them to the slow cooker. If you don’t have the time and just need to get something cooking, add everything to the slow cooker and cook on low for 3-4 hours.

Near the end of the cook time, add the noodles to the slow cooker and allow them to cook with the lid on for a few minutes. You can salt to taste and then serve as normal.

Better than Grandma’s Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Making Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup with Fresh Pasta

While in Italy, we got to make homemade pasta and it was so simple, but my goodness, once you have fresh pasta you can’t ever go back to dried. It’s a cinch to make and it MELTS IN YOUR MOUTH! Who doesn’t want that?! I’ve included instructions on how to make this easy chicken noodle soup with fresh pasta in the recipe card below. 

The more you make it, the more familiar you become with how the dough feels. If you’re putting it through the pasta roller and holes and tears are showing up, just fold the two ends towards, but not overlapping each other and continue putting it through and folding it until it’s smooth. It just needed a little extra time.

If you don’t have a pasta roller, you can use a rolling pin, but make sure that you roll it super thin!

How to Make Fresh Pasta Dough Ahead of Time

If you want to make the pasta dough ahead of time, make it just as stated in the instructions. Then wrap it in plastic and store in the fridge up to 1 day ahead of time. Let it sit out on the counter for 15-20 minutes before trying to roll it.

How to Store Fresh Pasta

If you like your chicken noodle soup with less pasta, you can save some of it for later. Make the pasta as directed and cut it to you desired width. Toss the pasta you want to save in flour and store it in a sealed bag. It can be stored in the freezer for up to one month or in the fridge for up to 15 hours. Never store it on the counter for more than an hour.

How Long is Fresh Pasta Good For?

As mentioned, homemade pasta is good for up to one month in the freezer or 15 hours in the fridge. If you store it longer in the fridge, oxidation and water movement will cause the pasta to start to clump and get a green-ish hue. And trust me, you don’t want any part of eating that!

Better than Grandma’s Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Tips for Making Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

We like to use Better than Bouillon and water in this pressure cooker chicken noodle soup, but you can use regular chicken stock as well. Just use whichever you have on hand! 

If you don’t want to make this chicken noodle soup with rotisserie chicken or forgot to buy one, you can also make this Instant Pot chicken noodle soup with regular chicken breasts or thighs. Simply dice the chicken into bite-sized pieces and cook along with the veggies before adding the remaining soup ingredients. 

Lastly, you can definitely freeze leftovers of this Instant Pot chicken soup, but keep in mind that frozen and reheated pasta tends to be a little grainy. Definitely still delicious, but not as good as it was the day you made it. 

More Easy Soup RECIPES:

Looking for a few different soup recipes other than our Better than Grandma’s Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup? Here are just a few to get you started:

  • Irish Beef Stew
  • Slow Cooker Potato Broccoli Corn Chowder with Bacon
  • Instant Pot Taco Soup, Roasted Tomato Basil Soup
  • Chicken Pot Pie Soup
  • Brown Butter Cauliflower Soup
  • Taco Stew 
  • Instant Pot Turkey Chili
  • Cheesy Southwestern Chicken Tortilla Soup

Better than Grandma’s Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

If you’re looking for another comfort food meal made in the Instant Pot, try this pot roast recipe!


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