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October 19, 2015

Simple Slow-Cooker Chicken + Pasta Soup

Soothe your soul with a classic chicken soup that includes tender pasta, carrots, and celery. 


 

Serves: 6

Hands-On Prep Time: 5 min

Total Time: 5 hrs 30 min


INGREDIENTS:
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 2 pounds)
  • 4 carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 stalks celery, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, halved
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 cup small pasta (such as stellette or alphabet)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • crackers, for serving

 

DIRECTIONS:

In a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker, place the chicken, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, bay leaves, 6 cups water, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.

Cook, covered, until the chicken is cooked through, on high for 4 to 5 hours or on low for 7 to 8 hours (the low setting will make total cooking time 8 ½ hours).

Twenty minutes before serving, transfer the chicken to a bowl. Remove and discard the onion and bay leaves. If the slow cooker is on the low setting, turn it to high. Add the pasta to the slow cooker, cover, and cook until tender, 15 to 18 minutes.

Meanwhile, shred the chicken. When the pasta is cooked, stir the chicken into the soup along with the parsley. Serve with the crackers, if desired.


 

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:

[Per Serving]

  • Calories: 293 calories
  • Fat: 12 g
  • Sat Fat: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 99 mg
  • Sodium: 464 mg
  • Protein: 30 g
  • Carbohydrate: 16 g
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Iron: 2 mg
  • Calcium: 49 mg