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Curly Noodle Chicken Soup Recipe

Curly Noodle Chicken Soup Recipe

I created this recipe for a dinner I hosted for a group of friends. The main course was Italian, and I needed a good soup, so I converted a favorite tortilla soup recipe by substituting pasta and adding different seasonings. —Maxine Pierson, San Ramon, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1 hour 25 min. YIELD:9 servings


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 celery ribs, sliced
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each ) reduced-sodium chicken broth, divided
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 6 ounces uncooked tricolor spiral pasta
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour


  • 1. In a large saucepan, saute the chicken, onion, celery, carrots and garlic in butter and oil for 5 minutes. Stir in the basil, oregano and pepper until blended.
  • 2. Set aside 1 cup broth. Gradually add remaining broth to the pan. Stir in tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45-60 minutes.
  • 3. Return to a boil; stir in the pasta. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10-13 minutes or until pasta is almost tender. Combine flour and reserved broth until smooth. Stir into pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Yield: 9 servings (about 2 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 223 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 537mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 16g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

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Jessica User ID: 8981898 257821
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2016

"Made this with leftover chicken. It was amazing!!! I never write reviews, but was compelled to for this recipe. It was absolutely delicious. I did throw in the skin and bones from the previous night's chicken thighs while it was cooking. Right before serving, I removed the skin and bones. Wonderful soup."

JMartinelli13 User ID: 92779 232914
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2015

"I run the tomatoes through the food processor, my guys aren't fans of chunks of tomato. Simple, filling and very comforting!"

Kimberly Hines User ID: 1929928 231849
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2015

"My mother always used a tomato base for her chicken noodle soup so naturally I fell in love with this recipe. I use rotisserie chicken."

RenaGam User ID: 616715 224795
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2015

"I have been making this soup for a few years now and love it. My son is 7 and can't get enough. Very family friendly tasty recipe. I also add a little extra broth."

hibbsbailey User ID: 1552877 221461
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2015

"I used a whole chicken I purchased at the grocery store. I also changed the amount of tomatoes. I used to cans of diced tomatoes with garlic."

recipehound54 User ID: 4246730 216721
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2015

"Tasty variation of a basic chicken noodle soup. Very easy to throw this together. I had leftover baked chicken breasts that I needed to use up so I saved a little time in having the chicken already cooked and I eliminated the oil that would have been used to cook the chicken in the saucepan. I used a healthy, lower-carb penne pasta and it worked well. I thought I was saving sodium by using low-sodium broth but ended up adding salt at the end to enhance the taste of the soup. When I make this again, I think I will either use Italian tomatoes or increase the amount of spice to liven it up a bit."

habenaroman User ID: 7905288 214551
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2014

"Very good"

hbaseley User ID: 3311639 61567
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2014

"My kids have very different tastes, so it's a rare and wonderful thing to get thumbs up from everyone at the table. Will definitely make again, but will probably add a bit more broth next time."

dccookin User ID: 7162688 111910
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2013

"I love this soup! I love that it makes a huge amount and that it's so rich in flavor. We've made this several times."

tstreich User ID: 1042559 61566
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2013

"My family loves this soup! They call it Italian chicken Noodle soup. I double the garlic and I only use 2 Tbsp of flour. I increase the basil and oregano a bit too. We like it to be more soup than stew like, so I use 10 cups of chicken broth and toss in a few extra chicken bouillon cubes for flavor. We've made this a lot since it first was published and it's a staple in the winter for us. The only time consuming part is chopping the veggies which I can do ahead of time."

Ruffshse User ID: 4225266 85886
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2013

"great soup added fresh corn and a bit of sage will leave the flour out next time so it isnt so thick"

nwquilter User ID: 7705361 84442
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2013

"Has very good flavor. My husband I both loved it. This will be one I will make over and over again. I didn't thicken it with the flour and I only used one box of chicken broth Everything else I followed the recipe exactly ."

lisa53202 User ID: 1079567 111896
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2012

"This is good soup; I did add a little chicken base to give it some more flavor."

love_my_life User ID: 2481170 204924
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2012

"Made exactly as recipe reads... loved it! Will definitely make again."

pattyntodd User ID: 6430210 111763
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2012

"I love this soup. Very hearty & great if you have a cold. I add a little crushed red pepper, rubbed sage & tarragon."

akglmu User ID: 1794463 128595
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2012

"This soup is heavenly!!!! Made it without the flour and without the tomatoes. Tasted even bettter when it sits overnight. A definite keeper!!!!"

Zinderella58 User ID: 4319199 35078
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2011

"My family loves this versatile soup. Sometimes I use canned chicken, sometimes I use boiled shredded chicken. I double the noodles, add 1 additional can of broth, and a can of evaporated skim milk at the very end so it's a creamy version. This is known as chicken Stoup at our house as the left overs are more like stew."

auggiebelle User ID: 5877300 133531
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2011

"Really good soup! Made exactly as directed."

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 79307
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2011

"This was really good and easy. A little time consuming, but worth it!"

EmmOswa User ID: 5476730 51342
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2011

"Delicious recipe for a chilly day. I accidentally added more tomatoes then I was supposed to, but it still turned out hearty and delicious. Will for sure make again! Thank you!"

mugglemom User ID: 3022463 84431
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2011

"This soup was wonderful on a snowy weekend! I changed it a little - didn't add the tomatoes, added more carrots and I used tiny star pasta instead of large noodles. I didn't thicken it either - it was delicious!"

madre de cuatro User ID: 3830831 51341
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2010

"I was looking for a good recipe to use up leftover turkey in. This was it! I think next time I would double it, the way my crew of 5 gobbled this up!"

MarilynSRV User ID: 3916774 128594
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2010

"This has become a family favorite --one of the easiest and best chicken soups I've ever made. My kids love this. Recipe is perfect as-is, but I've also used different types of noodles and added peas or zuchhini. Excellent the 2nd day -- if you have leftovers!"

grensrud User ID: 4501110 107173
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2010

"Very good, had lots of flavor and smelled delicious while simmering. I just added regular egg noodles as I did not have tricolor pasta. Next time I make it will probably puree the tomatoes some as my family does not like chunks of tomatoes. Otherwise was excellent!"

pjincze User ID: 1671601 84419
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2010

"Just made a double batch for a bday party. It is just perfect. I made the soup the day before keeping the noodles seperate until serving. Delicious on a cold day!"

gavingrma_OH User ID: 361520 204923
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2010

"Very, very good."

LaDonnaF22 User ID: 660430 61565
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2010

"This is one of the best chicken soups I've ever eaten. My family loves it. I have made it many times."

tam145 User ID: 1527525 41869
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2009

"Really yummy and filling. My family enjoyed it a lot."

andij68 User ID: 336620 133530
Reviewed May. 11, 2008

"Some of the best homemade chicken noodle soup I've had. My family loves it!I think thickening the broth with flour makes it heartier than usual."

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