By Jessica Sved
This weekend I decided to make myself some chicken noodle soup. I've been trying to kick a cold for a week and thought to try a classic sick day food. It was my first ever attempt and I wasn't following a recipe, so the measurments and ingredients are not traditional. I got everything for it at Giant Eagle. My monetary and nutritional values are all approximated, but I tried to be as accurate as possible.
2 chicken thighs (~$1.75)
1/2 bag of egg noodles (~80 cents)
2 cans of chicken broth ($2)
some cabbage (less than $1)
some water (basically free)
spices I already had (basically free)
The soup cost less than $5 to make and I got about 3 servings out of it (so $1.67 a bowl). I looked at the Campbell's chicken noodle and a can of that costs only $1 and supposedly has 2 servings in it. While the canned soup was more economical, I've never really been a fan of them. Making it myself felt healthier and natural, too. So I got curious about whether my assumption of healthiness stood up to the nutrition facts.
I approximated that a serving of the soup I made was about 374 calories, while Campbell's boasts 70 calories per serving. Although I would say a whole can is equivalent to a serving for me pushing it up to about 140 calories for Campbell's. My soup was approximately 407 mg of sodium. Campbell's label says 940 mg of sodium per serving, so a can has well over 1,000 mg of sodium.
It really only took about 20 minutes and I knew more of what was in it than I would've with a can. Collectively, the ingredients list on the can definitely included more unknown chemicals than the lists on the noodles or chicken broth. I probably could've even reduced the overall price and done it more "naturally" by buying chicken with bones and using the bones to make my own broth.
In the end, even though making the soup myself cost more money and time, it was the healthier and more satisfying option. I feel as though it probably tasted better than canned soup, too. However, I don't know if I would've chosen the can over buying ingredients if I didn't hate canned soup so much since the upfront price looks better on the can.