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Italian-Style Chicken Noodle Soup

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  • prep time: 20 min
  • total time: 35 min
  • serves: 6 people

This soup gets a real boost of flavor from the fennel, garlic, pesto and fresh parsley. When you're in the mood for a bowl of comforting, delicious soup, then this is the recipe for you. Best of all, you can have it on the table in just 35 minutes.


cost per recipe: $4.47

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and sliced (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 fennel bulb, cut in half and thinly sliced (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 carton (32 ounces) Swanson® Unsalted Chicken Broth or Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup shredded cooked chicken or turkey
  • 2 ounces (about 1/3 cup) ditalini (small tube shaped) pasta, cooked and drained
  • 1 teaspoon basil pesto
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


  • Tips

    • Can I use my leftover turkey from Thanksgiving? YES!  Substitute turkey for the chicken (light or dark meat, they both work great).
    • Don't have any fennel on hand?  Fennel adds delicious anise flavor to the soup, but in a pinch, you can use sliced celery instead.
  • Step 1

    Heat the oil in a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat.  Add the carrot and fennel and cook for 5 minutes or until tender.  Stir in the garlic and tomatoes.

  • Step 2

    Stir in the broth and heat to a boil.  Stir in the chicken and ditalini.  Reduce the heat to medium-low.  Cook for 5 minutes.  Stir in the pesto and parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with the cheese.


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  • good winter soup.

    January 23, 2018

    nice hearty soup, good for flu season!

  • Perfect for Cold Nights

    December 28, 2015

    I made this as noted except for the fennel. I do not like fennel. The recipe is easy to make and very warming. It's similar to a vegetable soup with chicken and pasta. I served with bread sticks and a salad.

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Calories 136
Total Fat 4 g
Sat. Fat 1.0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 21 mg
Sodium 177 mg
Total Carb 13 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Sugar 4 g
Added Sugars 0 g
Protein 11 g
Vitamin D 0 %DV
Calcium 6 %DV
Iron 7 %DV
Potassium 8 %DV
Calories 136
Total Fat 4 g
Sat. Fat 1.0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 21 mg
Sodium 708 mg
Total Carb 13 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Sugar 0 g
Added Sugars 0 g
Protein 10 g
Vitamin D 0 %DV
Calcium 8 %DV
Iron 8 %DV
Potassium 8 %DV

This nutritional information refers to each serving of the entire recipe and not just the products used as ingredients.