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Magda’s Chicken Noodle Vegetable Stoup

While there is a list of ingredients with this soup that is as thick as stew (hence the name stoup), you can substitute whatever you have in the fridge.  In Czech, this kind of dish is called “co dům dal” or “what the house gave” and its intent is to clean out your fridge of all those veggies that are about to go bad.

This stoup, as with many soups and stews, is even better the next day. The more you make, the more lunches you get out of it!

Chicken Noodle Vegetable Stoup

Yield – 4-6 servings
Preparation Time – 10 minutes
Cooking Time – 30 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 3 medium carrots, sliced
  • 8 ounces snap peas, cut into thirds
  • 3 medium potatoes, chopped
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, cubed
  • 2 cups fine egg noodles



  • Heat olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add the onions and sauté until transparent.
  • Add garlic and herbs.
  • Stir and sauté one minute.
  • Add cut up vegetables and cook for several minutes.

  • Add chicken stock slowly, stirring to pick up all the bits of flavour that have stuck to the bottom of the pot.
  • Add salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
  • Cook for 20 minutes.

  • Add chicken cubes and noodles.
  • Cook until needles are tender (about 3 to 4 minutes).
  • Serve with Cheater’s Garlic Bread: butter slices of bread, sprinkle with garlic powder and put into toaster oven to toast (do not try this in a conventional vertical toaster!).
Magda’s Frugal tip: As a family activity, occasionally (otherwise your family will hunt me down and hurt me), have a family fix it evening or day. All it takes is to gather up all that mending, all those things that broke and that we plan to get to “one day” and start at it with the family. Several things are accomplished this way. The things get fixed or mended, but more importantly, quality time is spent together as a family, and our children and often, we, learn how to take care of our things and extend the life of things that would otherwise end up in the landfill, having to be replaced by costly new ones. If you don’t know how to fix or mend something, look it up on the Internet. Doubtless, you will find many tutorials on how to fix just about anything. In cases like these, Youtube.com is my friend.