By Carl Hanson

Chicken noodle soup, it's a global force of good. No matter if you're fit as a fiddle or suffering seasonal sniffles, it just makes you feel better. That's pretty much a universal truth. And to prove it, we've compiled a collection of some of the world's greatest chicken noodle soups. Brought to you by grandmas of earth.

1. Avgolemono

A variation on the classic Greek soup, this recipes replaces traditional rice with orzo pasta. For an egg-free version, try Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup, dressed up with carrots and baby spinach.

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2. Thai Chicken Cabbage Soup

"This is a low-fat, low-cal soup that's incredibly filling and delicious. I eat this at least once a week," says Kleenestar.

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3. Chunky Chicken Noodle Soup

The quintessential American comfort food with thick egg noodles, carrots, peas, celery, and onion.

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4. Spaetzle and Chicken Soup

"This recipes is from my grandma," says Carly, "and I have loved it since I was a child." German spaetzle ("little sparrows") are tiny homemade noodles.

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5. Portuguese Chicken Soup II

"We absolutely loved this version of chicken noodle soup," says Jarrie. "So tasty for so little effort. I used leftover rotisserie chicken, so my meat wasn't all pretty and julienned, but it was delicious and thrifty nonetheless."

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6. Classic Jewish Chicken Soup

"A classic recipe for 'Jewish penicillin,'" says Jennifer. "Add matzo balls if you wish, or just serve with noodles, fresh bread, or biscuits. This soup is even better reheated the next day!"

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7. Creamy Italian White Bean Soup

This one makes the cut because sometimes chicken noodle soup is a state of mind. Here white beans stand in mightily for noodles. Add a little leftover or rotisserie chicken, and you have a true Tuscan treat.

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8. Japanese Nabeyaki Udon Soup

"This is a wonderful Japanese soup, very popular throughout Japan - with chicken, eggs, and vegetables. A meal in itself," says Jaime

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The Best Soup Begins with Broth

Here's how Chef John tackles chicken noodle soup. He starts with a delicious broth made with a whole roasted chicken...and a secret ingredient.

Once you have the broth ready, making the soup is just a simple matter of sautéing veggies, and adding in the broth and noodles. Watch Part 2 of the video!

Noodle Knowledge

Curious about which noodles are best for your soup? America's Test Kitchen has done the legwork.

Check out our collection of Chicken Noodle Soup Recipes.