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Italian-Style Chicken Noodle Soup

Italian-Style Chicken Noodle Soup


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • 5-6 ribs celery from the heart with leafy tops, chopped

  • 3-4 medium size carrots, chopped

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 1 bay leaf, fresh or dried

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 6 cups chicken stock

  • 1 can tomato sauce (8 ounces)

  • 1 can red beans (15 ounces), rinsed

  • 1 can chickpeas (15 ounces), rinsed

  • 1/2 pound whole wheat penne pasta

  • 1 pound chicken tenders or chicken cutlets, chopped

  • 2 cups parmesan pita chips, for garnish

  • Grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (a handful)


Place a large soup pot over medium-high heat and add the EVOO. Add celery, carrots, onion and bay leaf and season with salt and pepper. Cook vegetables to make tender, 8-10 minutes. Add stock, tomato sauce, beans and chickpeas, then bring soup to a boil. Stir penne into soup, cook a minute or so then stir in chicken and simmer 5-6 minutes more. Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with some parmesan pita chips and freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. This is one of many "Yum-o!" recipes – it's good and good for you. To find out more about Yum-o!, Rachael's nonprofit organization, go to