This chicken noodle vegetable soup is easy, budget-friendly and my boys couldn’t get enough of it. It comes together in 30 minutes and is a great way to “clean up” your fridge’s veggie drawers and freezer’s veggie bags.
For vegetables, I added carrots, potatoes, cabbage and tomatoes. I just love the addition of fresh garden tomatoes in soup combined with garlic and fresh herbs. Cabbage adds so much volume and flavour to this soup. I also love to add just a tablespoon of olive oil to rather fat free soups like this one.
My grandma made this soup all summer long. Sometimes she also added peas, green beans and bell pepper. But never without potatoes and carrots, that’s a must soup base in Ukrainian cuisine.
You could use chicken stock from a carton, a chicken base, homemade stock or even leftover rotisserie chicken boiled in water. Because pasta absorbs so much liquid, the chicken noodle vegetable soup was a bit too thick the next day. I added some diluted chicken base in boiling water to it, warmed up on a stove top and my kids licked the bowls!
- 10 cups chicken broth, low sodium*
- 1 large chicken breast, diced*
- 1 lb cabbage, coarsely chopped
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin
- 2 large carrots, diced
- 2 potatoes, diced
- 3 tomatoes, diced (or 14 oz can of diced tomatoes)
- 1 + 1/2 tsp original Mrs.Dash, salt free**
- 1 + 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 4 oz any healthy pasta (I used spelt egg noodles)
- 2 large garlic cloves, crushed
- 1/3 cup parsley, chopped
- Add chicken broth to a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low - medium and add chicken, cabbage and bay leaves. Cook covered for 10 minutes. Add olive oil, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, Mrs.Dash, salt, pepper and cook for another 10 minutes. Add pasta, cover and cook for 5 more minutes or until pasta is cooked. Add garlic and parsley. Serve hot.
*Use what you have. Half water and half chicken broth works too. Also you could place chicken breast in water, bring to a boil and cook for 30 minutes. You will have chicken broth, cooked chicken and then can proceed making soup. That's what I did. Leftover cooked chicken works too. Doesn't really matter when you add it. **If using Mrs.Dash with salt, reduce amount of salt added.
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving = 1 + 2/3 cups:
Total Fat: 3.8 g
Cholesterol: 37.9 mg
Sodium: 872.8 mg
Total Carbs: 34.4 g
Dietary Fiber: 6.3 g
Protein: 20.0 g
WW Points+: 6