Chicken Soup with Spinach and Whole Wheat Acini di Pepe

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This delicious, healthier chicken noodle soup is made with whole wheat acini di pepe pasta and spinach, for added nutrition.

When it's chicken and noodle soup my family craves, we love this easy homemade chicken soup, loaded with chicken, veggies and our favorite pasta shape – Acini di Pepe.Chicken Soup with Spinach and Whole Wheat Acini di Pepe

When it’s chicken and noodle soup my family craves, we love this easy homemade chicken soup, loaded with chicken, veggies and our favorite pasta shape – Acini di Pepe. This is pure comfort food, and leftovers taste even better the next day.

When it's chicken and noodle soup my family craves, we love this easy homemade chicken soup, loaded with chicken, veggies and our favorite pasta shape – Acini di Pepe.

You probably heard me say this before, the only whole wheat pasta my family will eat is Delallo’s. I don’t know how they do it, but the taste and texture are better than any other brands I have tried. I also love that their whole wheat pastas come in so many different shapes, more shapes than any other brands I have seen.

For this soup, I personally like using boneless chicken thighs in the soup, but breasts would also work fine. Madison likes when I pack this soup for school lunch in her thermos (minus the spinach). To reheat leftovers, simply add more broth or water to thin it out if it’s too thick. This is also a great freezer friendly dish, you can double the recipe and freeze the rest.

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When it's chicken and noodle soup my family craves, we love this easy homemade chicken soup, loaded with chicken, veggies and our favorite pasta shape – Acini di Pepe.
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Chicken Soup with Spinach and Whole Wheat Acini di Pepe

266 Cals 28 Protein 25 Carbs 6 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Yield: 4 Servings
COURSE: Dinner, Lunch, Soup
CUISINE: American
When it's chicken and noodle soup my family craves, we love this easy homemade chicken soup, loaded with chicken, veggies and our favorite pasta shape – Acini di Pepe.

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of all fat (about 1 pound total)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup peeled and sliced carrot
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup Delallo Whole Wheat Acini di Pepe, 2.5 oz
  • grated Parmesan, optional for serving

Instructions

  • Season the chicken with salt.
  • Heat the oil in a medium nonstick pot over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, carrot and garlic and sauté until soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Add  the chicken, broth, bay leaves and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce to medium-low until the chicken shreds easily, about 25 minutes.
  • Discard the bay leaves, coarsely shred the chicken with two forks and return to the soup, add the pasta and cook according to package directions, adding the baby spinach at the last minute to wilt.

Nutrition

Serving: 11/4 cups, Calories: 266kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 28g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 95mg, Sodium: 772mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 3g
Keywords: chicken noodle soup, chicken noodle soup recipe, chicken soup with whole wheat pasta, homemade chicken noodle soup, kid friendly chicken soup

Made in partnership with Delallo, a brand I love and use every day in my kitchen.

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  1. If you can’t find the pasta listed can you substitute with another whole wheat pasta?

  2. I swear by skinny taste recipes that’s pretty much all I cook and I love them all. But this soup is the best chicken noodle soup I have ever made. It’s so simple but absolutely delicious. The chicken comes out so tender and flavorful.. make this!

  3. Absolutely delicious. Made exactly as recipe. I use Better than Bouillon for the broth

  4. Do you freeze the soup with the spinach or do you add the spinach to the soup once you remove it from the freezer and heat it up? Thank you!!