How to Make the Souplantation Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe at Home

Chicken Noodle soup is often the unsung hero of the food world. This iconic soup has become such a part of our cultural fabric, we tend to forget that it’s a total rockstar. A literal comfort food, it has the power to make us feel better when we’re ill. It relieves the most annoying of symptoms, hydrates our bodies, and reenergizes us.

On a cold, rainy day, nothing is better than a huge bowl of this golden elixir. Even the process of making it from scratch can be therapeutic. One restaurant that treated its chicken noodle soup with the respect it deserved was Souplantation.

Also known as Sweet Tomatoes, this American restaurant chain opened its first all you can eat buffet establishment in San Diego, California in 1978. With a focus on health, the menu featured soup and salad as its buffet centerpiece. The chain soon expanded to include 97 locations across the Western and Southern United States.

Unfortunately, like many other businesses, the company closed all of the restaurants in 2020. Luckily for soup lovers, their recipes were so popular that there are many copycat versions to be found on the internet. One of their most popular, the chicken noodle soup, can be found below.

How To Make The Souplantation Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe At Home


  • 8 ounces of chicken, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 8 ounces of pasta noodles (your choice)
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon of white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ginger powder
  • 3 teaspoons of tomato sauce
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1/2 tablespoon of parsley, diced
  • 64 ounces of chicken broth
  • 1 cup of carrots, diced
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup of dried or fresh coriander
  • water

Feel free to use low sodium chicken broth and tomato sauce if you are watching your salt intake.


  1. Fill a medium sized pot, almost to the top, with water. Cook on medium heat until boiling. Then add the pasta noodles. Cook for about 5 minutes or until tender. Strain the water and add cold water, so the noodles will not stick together.
  2. While the pasta water is boiling, prepare the chicken. In a bowl, mix together the chicken, white pepper, garlic, ginger and a pinch of salt. Toss to give the chicken a good coating. Let it sit for a few minutes.
  3. Using a saucepan, add the olive oil and then the chicken. Cook for about 2 minutes. Place the carrots and celery into the pot. Add in 3 cups of water and cook until the water is almost all gone. Then add the chicken broth, parsley, and some more pepper if needed. Let simmer for about 10 minutes. Stirring well.
  4. Remove from heat and serve. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with the coriander. Enjoy.

What Are The Nutrition And Health Benefits of Souplantation Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe?

Nutritional Information

  • calories: 346
  • carbohydrates: 37.5 grams
  • fat: 5.9 grams
  • cholesterol: 85 milligrams
  • potassium: 33 milligrams
  • sugar: 3.4 grams
  • protein: 786 grams
  • fiber: 1.3 grams
  • iron: 4 milligrams
  • sodium: 1611 milligrams
  • calcium: 59 milligrams

Health Benefits

Chicken noodle soup is great for:

  • reducing cold and flu symptoms
  • a low calorie/high protein diet
  • relieving intestinal distress
  • lowering blood sugar
  • hydration
  • a vitamin C, A, K source

What Is The Best Way To Freeze Souplantation Chicken Noodle Soup?

If properly sealed, your Souplantation recipe will last for about 1 month in the freezer. Some soups may last longer, but pasta and rice-based soups tend to degrade and freezer burn rather quickly. Follow these steps for the best results when freezing your soup.

  • Let the soup cool before freezing. The process can be accelerated by placing the soup pot in an ice bath in the sink. Stirring will also help to release the heat.
  • Label and date a few large freezer bags or freezer safe containers.
  • Ladle the soup into the bags or containers, letting out as much air as possible. Seal carefully.
  • Lay the bags flat, away from other items. Once frozen, the bags or containers can be stacked to make more room.

What Are The Best Noodles For Chicken Noodle Soup?

You are certainly free to use whatever noodle you prefer. However, from a culinary science standpoint, the egg noodle is the best. These noodles will soak up the maximum amount of broth without getting mushy. There are two types of egg noodles; German and Chinese. The German noodles are short and shaped like a corkscrew. While the Chinese version is longer and thinner. Either of these is a great choice for chicken noodle soup.

What Souper Sides Can I Serve With My Chicken Noodle Soup?

Here are some delicious suggestions for turning your tasty pot of soup into a fabulously filling meal.

1. Grilled Vegetable Panini

The panini is warm, hearty, and healthy like the soup.

2. Bisquits

For a crispy twist on this classic, try cooking them in the air fryer. You’ll have fluffy, golden perfection.

3. Grilled Cheese

Classic and filling. Add ham for some extra juicy flavor.

4. Tater Tots

Who doesn’t love some crispy tots? They go great with soup, and can be dipped or added.

5. Saltine Crackers

A great choice if you’re under the weather. Light but filling and easy on the stomach.

6. Cheesy Pull Apart Bread

A fun and flavorful side that’s awesome with soup.

7. Chopped Salad

What could be better than a bowl of soup and a healthy salad with all your favorite veggies and/or fruits?

8. Garlic Bread

Garlic bread is a crispy addition that is guaranteed to spice up your soup.

9. Twice Baked Potato

A potato like this is sure to satisfy your appetite. From bacon and chives to sour cream and cheese. The choice is yours.

10. Steamed Vegetables

By making a big pot of mushrooms, onions, snap peas, broccoli, etc., everyone can add what they like to make their own personalized chicken noodle vegetable soup.

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