February 15th, 2016

Creamy Italian Chicken Noodle Soup

I love a creamy, hearty chicken noodle soup, and this Italian Chicken Noodle Soup is perfect for a chilly winter day. It has a creamy tomato broth and is loaded with sautéed veggies, chicken and pasta. Best of all, it comes together in about 30 minutes and my whole family loves it! I like to use Ditalini pasta in this recipe, but small shells or even orzo work great. You can cook and shred your own chicken to use in this soup, but I always opt for a rotisserie chicken to speed things along. Serve this with some crusty bread and you’ve got an easy, heartwarming meal for a cold night. This soup is what comfort food is all about!

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Creamy Italian Chicken Noodle Soup

Preparation 10 Cook Time 20 Total Time 0:00

Ingredients

  • 3 cups uncooked small pasta (Ditalini, small shells, etc.)
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 3 cups cooked, shredded chicken
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups Half & Half
  • 1/4 fresh basil, chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, add butter to a large pot over medium heat and saute onions, carrots, celery and garlic until vegetables are tender. Stir in flour and cook a few minutes longer.
  3. Whisk in chicken stock and simmer until liquid begins to thicken slightly. Add cooked chicken, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes and Half & Half. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Just before serving, stir in cooked pasta, chopped basil and Parmesan cheese. Garnish with basil and additional Parmesan, if desired.

Who Dished It Up First: Adapted from Carlsbad Cravings

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