Cafeteria Noodles

If you love classic Cafeteria Noodles, then get ready for your mind to be blown. This recipe takes the classic dish we’ve all had a million times and makes it even better. It’s rich, buttery, and so good.

white bowl filled with cafeteria noodles and garnished with parsley

These Cafeteria Noodles are trending on TikTok and for good reason!  They are delicious, easy, inexpensive and even your pickiest eater will love these. 

These noodles are great for a side dish but we could eat them all on their own as a meal.  Egg noodles, cream of chicken, chicken stock and butter come together to make these rich, creamy flavorful noodles.

If you’re like us, there are certain foods that you’ll always order in a cafeteria setting. For us it’s classic noodles. This dish is always pretty tasty, and we’ve made a homemade version that blows anything else you’ve ever had out of the water.

cafeteria noodles on a wooden spoon held above the pot

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s an easy recipe that only uses a few simple ingredients.
  • It’s a versatile dish you can serve as-is or with added protein.
  • It takes classic cafeteria noodles to a whole new level.


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This recipe only uses a few basic ingredients, all of which are easily found at your local grocery store. See the recipe card at the end of the post for exact amounts.

  • Chicken stock
  • Chicken bouillon cube
  • Egg noodles
  • Cream of chicken soup
  • Butter
  • Parsley

🔪 How to Make Cafeteria Noodles

It only tasks a few minutes to make this dish. It’s as easy as it is delicious, and you’ll be done in no time.

raw egg noodles and chicken broth in a white pot

Step 1: Combine Chicken Stock and Bouillon

Add the chicken stock and bouillon cube to a large pot or deep skillet with a lid and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

Step 2: Add the Noodles

Add the noodles, stir, and let the stock come to a boil again.

Step 3: Add the Soup

Add the cream of chicken soup, stir, and boil for 2 minutes.

cooked egg noodles in a white pot topped with butter

Step 4: Finish the Noodles

Remove the noodles from the heat, stir in the butter, cover, and let sit for 20 minutes. Top with parsley and enjoy!


Do you want to change up this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ways that you can do that!

  • Meat – Add cubed chicken, beef, or pork to this dish.
  • Cream Soup – Use cream of mushroom in place of cream of chicken for a different flavor.
  • Margarine – If you don’t use butter, margarine will work.

If you think this recipe looks good, check out our other chicken cafeteria noodle recipe with shredded chicken.

white bowl filled with cafeteria noodles and garnished with parsley

🥄 Equipment

  • Measuring cup
  • Pot or deep skillet with lid
  • Spoon

🥫 Storage

Refrigerate these noodles in an air-tight container for up to 3 days. For longer storage, you can freeze these noodles for up to 3 months in an air-tight, freezer-safe container.

💭 Tips

  • Don’t season the noodles until after they’ve finished cooking.
  • These noodles are a great side dish or even a main course when meat is added.
  • Don’t boil the noodles longer than called for in the recipe or they’ll turn to mush.

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

What are cafeteria noodles?

They’re a delicious and simple egg noodle dish often found in cafeterias and buffet restaurants.

Is it okay to freeze egg noodles?

Absolutely. Cooked egg noodles freeze very well. People just think the don’t because they reheat them wrong and turn them to mush.

How do you reheat egg noodles?

Add a little water to your cafeteria noodles. Then, reheat them on medium-high heat until heated through. Heating them quickly helps prevent them from absorbing too much liquid and turning to mush.

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Cafeteria Noodles

Cafeteria noodles are a simple dish full of flavor but not work. They take the classic mass-produced dish and make it extra tasty!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 407kcal


  • large pot with lid
  • Wooden spoon


  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 16 ounces egg noodles
  • 10.5 ounces cream of chicken soup
  • ½ cup butter
  • Parsley for garnish


  • In a large pot or deep skillet with a lid add your chicken stock and bouillon cube and bring up to a boil over medium high heat.
  • When the stock comes to a boil add in your noodles and stir.
  • Let the stock come back up to a boil.
  • Add in your cream of chicken soup and stir.
  • Bring up to a boil and let boil for 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in your stick of butter.
  • Cover with a lid and let sit for 20 minutes.
  • Top with parsley if desired.
  • Serve!


Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 407kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.05g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 773mg | Potassium: 406mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 2mg

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