A particularly hearty and warming version of chicken and vegetable soup. This Chicken Pasta Soup is perfect for cold cozy nights. Comfort food at its best.
It’s Officially Soup Season
Actually I subscribe to the theory that soup can be eaten year round, but this recipe is perfect for these frigid temps we’ve been enduring lately.
And speaking of snow (weren’t we?) I’m convinced it’s not going to snow in Colorado this year.
Oh sure, we’ve had an hour of snow here and there, but I’m looking for one of our big events. One where rooftops are draped with white drifts. One that prompts folks to rush grocery and liquor stores to stock up before its arrival. One where kids are flocking to neighborhood hills wearing snow suites and carrying sleds.
With or without snow, it’s been cold. And this isn’t about me whining about our lack of weather, it’s about this delicious chicken soup with pasta. Let’s take a look.
So Why Is This Recipe for Chicken Pasta Soup So Good?
There are so many interesting flavors in this big bowl of goodness. Almost a chicken-y minestrone but with a bit of sweetness from butternut squash.
It’s brothy and that broth is wonderfully flavored with my secret ingredient. Pickapeppa. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times …”Don’t make brothy soup without it.” A great lineup of spices makes this soup slurp worthy.
And let’s not forget those adorable little bow tie pastas. Pasta is the ultimate comfort food. Everyone loves pasta. And I wish I could eat it once a day. They do in Italy, but my physician doesn’t seem to care about that statistic when she asks me how much “white” food I’ve been eating.
And lastly, this soup seems so “seasonal.” With butternut squash, Swiss chard and chickpeas, I think I see some snow flurries on the horizon.
This chicken soup with pasta and vegetables is a beautiful bowl of soup. Full of color, full of flavor and one that will give you plenty of leftovers.
Tip: Be sure to store leftover soup separately from the pasta. The pasta will keep its texture if it’s not swimming in the broth. To reheat, just add a hand full of pasta to the bottom of a bowl. Ladle in some cold soup and microwave it until steamy.
Recipe for Chicken Pasta Soup
I hope you give this chicken pasta soup recipe a try, and if you do, please come back and give the recipe a star rating and leave a comment on what you thought about the recipe. Yay or nay, I love hearing from my readers.
And if you have a favorite chicken pasta soup recipe, please let me know, I’d love to give it a try.
More Chicken Soup Recipes
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Wintry Chicken Pasta Soup
- 2 quarts Chicken Broth
- 1 cup White wine
- 1 Tablespoon Tomato Paste
- 2 teaspoons Pickapeppa Sauce
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 1/2 Cups Butternut squash peeled, seeded and cubed
- 1 Tablespoon Butter
- 1 Tablespoon Neutral Oil, vegetable or safflower
- 2 cups boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into bite size pieces
- 2 medium Onions diced
- 1 15 ounce can Chopped Tomatoes not drained
- 1/2 pound Greens, such as swiss chard, spinach, romaine, collard cleaned, removed from tough stems and sliced into thin ribbons
- 1 15 ounce can Chickpeas not drained
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 6 ounces Bowtie Noodles or ziti cooked
- Grated Parmesan cheese for garnish
- In a large heavy soup pot, bring the chicken stock to a boil. Turn down the heat to medium low and simmer. Whisk in the tomato paste, Pickapeppa sauce and dried herbs.
- Drop in the butternut squash pieces and tomatoes into simmering stock. Cover and let cook until the squash starts to soften, about 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in an 8 – 9 inch non-stick skillet, heat the butter and oil over medium heat. Add the cubed chicken and cook until about half cooked. Add the onions and saute until translucent, 3-4 minutes. Deglaze the pan with the white wine. Add this mixture to the soup pot.
- Add the greens and chickpeas. Continue to simmer the soup covered for a few minutes.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- In the meantime, cook the pasta in a separate saucepan according to package directions. Drain.
- To serve, ladle a handful of pasta into a soup bowl. Ad a ladle of steaming soup over the pasta. Serve hot and immediately. Pass Parmesan cheese at the table.
Chicken Pasta Soup … It’s Whats for Dinner
LeAnn, really, I won’t even bother making this soup. The calories, fat, saturated fat, and sodium are all off the charts. I would really love if you would follow your MD’s advice, and cook and offer recipes that are healthy.
Lea Ann Brown says
I really appreciate your note.
There was an error in the serving size in the recipe. I actually had it as 1 serving instead of 10. Thanks to you, I’ve corrected the recipe.
Aside from the carbs in the pasta, it’s actually a very healthy soup.
Make it a delicious day.
I often make a big batch of soup and eat it for lunch all week long. So happy that soup season is back!
John/Kitchen Riffs says
Yup, definitely soup weather. That’s what we’re having tonight, as a matter of fact. And tomorrow? Well, maybe this! It looks wonderful — thanks.
Debra Eliotseats says
I am so into soup right now. And, I believe you have had some snow by this point (or according the the BiL in Erie, he has).
Happy New Year!
Jean | DelightfulRepast.com says
Lea Ann, I want a big bowl of that right now. And don’t skimp on the bow-ties, one of my favorite pastas for soup. I’m glad you talked about not keeping the noodles in the leftover soup – it’s so sad when someone doesn’t know that and they heat up their soup and all the pasta disintegrates.
Lea Ann Brown says
Good to hear from you Jean. Happy New Year to you!
Karen (Back Road Journal) says
Your soup does sound good. I smiled when I saw Pickapeppa Sauce…I bet many people have no idea what it is. We always have a bottle in the fridge.
Lea Ann Brown says
I love that sauce. LOVE it. I’m glad to hear I have a kindred soul. Happy New Year Karen.
Great looking and sounding soup Chef but I have to ask – did you place all of the pasta on one side for presentation purposes? I’d like to have a snow like that after we get home.
Lea Ann Brown says
I sure did. The first bowl just didn’t showcase it well enough.