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Italian Dinner Soup

“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 (about 2-1/2 quarts)


  • 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


  • In a nonstick Dutch oven coated with cooking spray, cook the chicken over medium heat until no longer pink. Remove and keep warm.
  • 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.
  • Stir in macaroni; cook 20 minutes longer or until macaroni is tender. Sprinkle each serving with mozzarella cheese.
Nutrition 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.

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  • LeslieH
    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
    May 2, 2012

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

  • gibbleril
    Jan 4, 2011

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

  • ichavez
    Nov 25, 2008

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