Chicken (noodle soup) of the sea*

I’ve been looking for an excuse to share this (amazingly simple, utterly delicious) recipe with y’all.

My husband’s father was a Naval Submarine Nuclear Tech (not sure if that is the official term, but I’m going with it). At that time, the Navy was not a very family friendly division of the military. Unlike the Army, which just sent my dad oversees for a year at a time, Sean’s father was out to sea for months and months every year for the duration of his military career. (I say just sent my dad oversees for a year at a time tongue in cheek, although I do love the military; I’m an Army Brat)

Because he was out to sea so often and for so long, she was a married single mom for a lot of the years Sean and his brothers were growing up. Add to that, the fact that the Navy wouldn’t just send his dad’s check to his mom (so they’d go months without checks) and this meant having to wing it a lot when it came to meals.

Some of my favorite meals come from things his mom made up or adapted in order to stretch their food while his dad was out to sea. And this is one of them. It’s basically chicken noodle soup with a twist.

1-2 large cans of chicken broth (depending on how many noodles you use)
1 bag egg noddles
1-2 cans chicken
Boil the noodles in the chicken broth. Add a few sprinkles of pepper if desired. Add chicken about 1 minute before done cooking – long enough to heat the chicken.

In the meantime, make some mashed potatoes. If you really want simplicity, use instant potatoes. Make them a little thicker than normal.

When all items are made/cooked, put some mashed potatoes in individual bowls. Then add soup over it. (Hence the reason for making the potatoes a bit thicker.)

Oh my goodness – I love this meal. It quickly became one of my favorite comfort meals and it’s perfect for last minute meals.

*I know that makes it sound as if there is tuna in this… (thanks Jessica Simpson) But: Chicken noodle soup + the fact that this twist was born out of the times my father-in-law was at sea = my corny post title.


  1. TX Poppet says

    Isn’t amazing how comforting the simple things can be?
    TX Poppet at Canned Laughter

  2. Now that is something I’ve never heard of . It sounds like something that kids would just love.

  3. Elizabeth says

    sounds like instant comfort food! thanks for sharing.

  4. Michelle Smiles says

    Sounds like a bowl full of carby goodness!

    I used to live on the edge of Amish country and we would every now and then go to one of the amish restaurants for some comfort food. My favorite was to get a bowl of mashed potatoes covered in the homemade beef noodles (small pieces of beef, thick rich broth, homemade noodles) – so indulgent but so yummy!

  5. megs @ whadusay says

    sounds yummy!

  6. Mommy Cracked says

    Cracing up because I am sitting here eating Tuna Helper reading this. But this sounds wonderful!

  7. I love corny post titles.

  8. Sounds yummy. I bet my husband would love this.
    I liked the title, very cute and clever :-)

  9. Anonymous says

    A hearty soup, devoid of vegetables. I like it.

    My first time at your blog and I was wondering…

    How is it possible to be religious and love the military? Surely these two loves must be mutually exclusive.

  10. Very interesting recipe. With mashed potatoes and pasta I must give it a try!! Hope you and your family had a great 4th.

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