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Chicken And Stars Soup

Cheryl Malik
February 8, 2023
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This homemade chicken and stars soup is easy, nutritious, and SO delicious. A real comfort food! Savory chicken broth, fresh veggies, juicy shredded chicken, and fun star-shaped noodles make this a dish the whole family will love to eat.

Overhead, close-up view of the right half of a bowl of chicken and stars soup with chunks of carrots and fresh herbs to garnish.

⭐️ What Makes This Recipe So Good

  • This flavorful chicken and stars soup uses super simple ingredients, most of which you’ve probably got in your pantry right now. Feel free to use frozen vegetables instead of fresh if you’ve got them on hand.
  • Another great thing about this soup? It’s a perfect one-pot recipe! Clean up’s a breeze since all the cooking happens right in the dutch oven (or other large pot), and you don’t have to face a wall of dishes right after dinner.
  • Chicken and stars soup is another recipe that’s really great for meal prepping. If you’ve got a large enough pot, you could easily double the recipe to make more servings. A life saver if you need to feed a lot of people or you just don’t want to cook something new and different every night. Just refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container and reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave when you’re hungry!

👩🏼‍🍳 Chef’s Tips

  • This chicken and stars soup recipe calls for shredded chicken, which you’re welcome to cook specifically for the soup if you’d like. If you’re looking to save time or if you find a great deal on a whole rotisserie chicken (hey, Costco!) you can totally use that instead.
  • The stelline doesn’t need much cook time at all, so don’t add it until the last 10 minutes! If you add it too early, you risk overcooking the noodles, making them mushy and unpleasant. Definitely not what we’re going for here.
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Chicken and Stars Soup

This chicken and stars soup combines shredded chicken, onion, celery, and carrots with star-shaped pasta and a deliciously seasoned broth.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes
Recipe Makes: 6 servings

Equipment

  • dutch oven (or large pot with lid)
  • wooden spoon

Ingredients

For the Chicken and Stars Soup

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion (diced, approximately 1 ½ cups)
  • 4 medium carrots (peeled, chopped; approximately 2 cups)
  • 3 celery stalks (chopped, approximately 1 ½ cups)
  • 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt (more or less to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (more or less to taste)
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • ½ teaspoon fresh thyme (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup stelline pasta (or pastina, or stelle pasta)

Suggested Toppings (All Optional)

  • grated fresh parmesan (to taste)
  • chopped fresh parsley (to taste)

Instructions
 

  • Heat dutch oven over medium heat. When pot is warm, add butter and olive oil. Continue heating dutch oven until butter is melted, swirling pot occasionally to cover bottom with butter and oil.
  • When butter is melted and oil is hot, add diced onion, chopped carrots, and chopped celery. Stir to incorporate, then sauté vegetables until softened, approximately 5 minutes. Stir often to prevent sticking or burning.
  • When vegetables have softened, add garlic and stir to incorporate. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes or until garlic is fragrant.
  • Once garlic is just fragrant, add chicken broth, bay leaves, salt, and pepper. Stir to incorporate ingredients and allow mixture to come to low boil. When broth begins to boil, immediately reduce heat to medium-low and secure lid on pot. Simmer, covered, 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes, remove lid. Add shredded chicken and fresh thyme, stirring constantly to incorporate. Return lid to pot and simmer soup 20 minutes more, stirring occasionally.
  • After 20 minutes, remove lid and add stelline pasta to pot. Stir to incorporate, then cook pasta in soup, uncovered, until pasta is al dente – approximately 10 minutes.
  • Ladle soup into serving bowls. If desired, garnish bowls of soup with parmesan and parsley. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Vegetables: Frozen vegetables will work fine in this recipe! No need to thaw first, either.
  • Make it Dairy Free: Use a plant-based butter. Omit the parmesan cheese or replace it with a plant-based alternative. 

Recipe costs provided are approximate. Actual cost per recipe & serving will vary by location, store, brand, etc. Approximate cost shown does not include costs for any optional ingredients.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 329kcal | Protein: 19g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 1651mg | Potassium: 428mg | Total Carbs: 38g | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Net Carbs: 34g | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 54mg

Nutrition Disclaimer

Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes. Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used. To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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Recipe by Cheryl Malik

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