This is a great vegetarian soup which tastes just like chicken noodle soup. The raisins are an unusual touch.
This is my recipe. After making this several times since writing the recipe, I've found that: I like chicken flavored vegetable broth by Orrington Farms the best; it's ok to use minced garlic from a jar; add 1/2 cup more celery; add herbs/spices before boiling; decrease water to 10 cups; increase noodles to 3 cups (I like the dumpling style noodles); and decrease cooking time to 20-30 minutes. The cornstarch/water mixture is optional. Oh, you may need to add salt to taste depending on the sodium content of your broth. And this is probably more like 6-8 servings. - 16 Jan 2009 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
it was really good as a base soup, although i admit that i had to make a few adjustments. i added lots of green vegetables and only kept the water/stock to 6 cups, not 12. in making it i really feel that 12 cups would make it way too thin. - 24 Jan 2009 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
This soup is great! I put in 10 cups of water based on other suggestions here, but 12 cups would have been just right (the egg noodles soak up a lot of the liquid). I stopped eating meat last year and now I won't even miss chicken noodle soup! - 17 Nov 2009 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)