Italian Dinner Soup Recipe
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Italian Dinner Soup Recipe

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“My husband takes soup or stew to work daily for lunch,” writes Joan Winterle from Center Barnstead, New Hampshire. “This hearty soup is his very favorite and the one he requests nearly every time I ask him what to make.” Enjoy!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1-1/4 hours
MAKES:7 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1-1/4 hours
MAKES: 7 servings


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, thinly sliced
  • 1 small carrot, thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 can (28 ounces) Italian crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 7 tablespoons shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 203 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 707mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 20g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch.


  1. In a nonstick Dutch oven coated with cooking spray, cook the chicken over medium heat until no longer pink. Remove and keep warm.
  2. Add peppers, onion, celery and carrot to pan; cook and stir until crisp-tender. Add the garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the chicken, water, tomatoes, broth, Parmesan cheese and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 40 minutes.
  3. Stir in macaroni; cook 20 minutes longer or until macaroni is tender. Sprinkle each serving with mozzarella cheese. Yield: 7 servings (about 2-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as Italian Dinner Soup in Light & Tasty February/March 2008, p47

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LeslieH User ID: 191346 216818
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2015

"An easy, tasty soup to make. I had ground chicken in the fridge, so decided to make this soup with it, instead of chicken breasts. Still was tasty and would be a bit more affordable for those on a tight budget. Try it on a cold winter's night and you won't be disappointed."

normsgram User ID: 6525548 81647
Reviewed May. 2, 2012

"We make this soup often. It is so yummy - and has become one of our favorite soups!"

gibbleril User ID: 3335896 168061
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2011

"Tasted delicious!! A perfect soup for a cold winter day!!"

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