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Chicken and Cavatelli Noodle Soup

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A hearty bowl of this Chicken and Cavatelli Noodle Soup will fill your tummy and warm your soul.

Chicken and Cavatelli Soup
Chicken and Cavatelli Soup

This dish is somewhere between a soup and a stew, the flavors reminiscent of my Dad’s chicken and dumplings I grew up eating. You may want to set your table with spoons AND forks! Nothing is better than a warm bowl of soup when the weather starts getting chilly. A few of my other favorite hearty soups are Chicken Soup with Spinach and Whole Wheat Acini Di Pepe, Stuffed Pepper Soup and Left Over Ham Bone Soup with Potatoes and Cabbage.

Chicken and Cavatelli Noodle Soup

Cavatellis are Italian pastas, sometimes made with ricotta, sometimes without. The ones made with ricotta are sold frozen in some supermarkets or Italian specialty stores. I realize living in New York, finding Italian delis are like finding banks, we have them everywhere. If this is not common in your neighborhood, you can use orecchiette or egg noodles instead. Even homemade spaetzle would be great.

There is a lot more liquid when you first make this, it’s more like a soup. But as it sits, it thickens, and the pasta absorbs the liquid. This photo was actually taken the next day when I reheated it for lunch. One bowl is very satisfying, even for my husband who has a hearty appetite.

Breast meat lovers, you can replace the thighs with chicken breast but you’ll have to cook it for less time. Let the soup simmer 15 minutes without the chicken, then cook 15 to 20 minutes more with the chicken. Remove chicken, cut or shred, then add back to pot when you add the pasta.

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Chicken and Cavatelli Soup

4.67 from 3 votes
A hearty bowl of this Chicken and Cavatelli Noodle Soup will fill your tummy and warm your soul.
Course: Dinner, Soup
Cuisine: American, Italian
Chicken and Cavatelli Soup
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Total: 50 mins
Yield: 5 servings
Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups


  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 medium onion sliced thin
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 5 cups low sodium fat free chicken broth
  • 1 cup celery sliced
  • 2 large carrots sliced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • 5 skinless chicken thighs trimmed of fat
  • 8 oz frozen ricotta cavatelli


  • In a large pot, melt butter. Add onion and cook on low about 6 minutes, until onions are soft.
  • Add flour and stir, cooking another minute.
  • Add chicken broth, celery, carrots, garlic, bay leaves and salt and pepper to taste. Add chicken and bring to a boil, then partially cover, simmer on low 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cook cavatelli in a pot of salted water according to package directions.
  • Drain and add to soup when soup has cooked. Cook another minute or two.
  • Remove bay leaves and divide in five bowls.
  • To reheat, you may need to add a little water.

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Serving: 1 1/2 cups, Calories: 347 kcal, Carbohydrates: 33 g, Protein: 35 g, Fat: 8 g, Saturated Fat: 3 g, Cholesterol: 129.5 mg, Sodium: 1137 mg, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 2 g


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56 comments on “Chicken and Cavatelli Noodle Soup”

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    Rebecca Keeney

    I enjoy this recipe. It is delicious, warming, and what chicken soup isn’t therapeutic, mind, body, and soul? 🙂

  2. I am wondering what is driving the sodium content up so high? Is it the frozen cavatelli? If so, is there a lower sodium option to work with? Many thanks.

  3. This is one of my favorite soups! I just entered all of the ingredients into the create a recipe section 
    of the Weight Watchers website and it only came to 3 points, using 
    chicken breasts. Your site says it should be 7. Did I do something wrong?

  4. This was delicious. I put it in the ww calculator and came up with 11 points. Do you know why there would be a difference?

  5. I currently have a cold, and making this was definitely the right choice! This tasted so good, really hit the spot, and was so soothing.

  6. Does anyone know if you are supposed to use the bone-in thighs or the boneless? I have made this before and SOOO delicious, but I can’t remember which I used. I assume it doesn’t really matter, but I think bone-in has more flavor!

  7. This was so good. I have made many of your recipes and this is one of my favorites. Very flavorful and easy to make.

  8. This soup is so good; I am soup-challenged, and seldom make soup because it never seems as flavorful as I would like…… but this soup is easy, simple and very flavorful. I made some for a sick friend and she loved it. The cavatelli is more like a dumpling than a noodle; thick and delicious!

  9. I followed this recipe to the "t" and it was delicious! Everyone loved it (even my daughter who isn't a fan of soup). This recipe is an A+.