This cozy chicken and stars soup is the ultimate comfort meal. Rich broth, tender chicken and pasta stars mixed with vegetables, lemon and parmesan cheese. This is the most wonderful lovely dinner!

It’s officially soup season!

chicken and stars soup

We’re kicking things off with this cozy chicken and stars soup: a classic, traditional bowl of comfort food that everyone loves. Chicken noodle soup made with mini pasta stars, a spritz of fresh lemon, parmesan and herbs. 

This is super delicious and crave worthy. 

stelline pasta stars

Can we talk about how adorable these little pasta stars are? I could make all the things with these (I’m thinking my homemade spaghettios, for sure) and according to the kids, they make mealtime more fun. I couldn’t agree more. 

My favorite thing about this fun pasta shape is how it transforms the soup. We love traditional chicken noodle soup – who doesn’t?! The big soft egg noodles, bites of carrot and chicken, it’s fabulous. 

carrots, celery and chicken

But when you use a tiny cut of pasta like this stelline, everything is bite-sized. It reminds me of eating a chopped salad where you get a taste of everything in one bite! Which is my favorite thing and the best way to eat salads and soup. 

The small cut of pasta also makes the soup feel heartier. Even though it’s a brothy soup, it feels richer and more hearty since the ingredients are small enough to fit on one spoon. It’s basically perfect. 

chicken and stars soup

I based this recipe on my chicken and orzo soup which is also one of our all-time favorites. The recipe includes a splash of fresh lemon juice, a parmesan rind and fresh herbs like parsley. These things make all the difference!

They make the soup taste elevated and fancy, even though it’s really pretty simple.

chicken and stars soup

And not only is it simple, but it is easy too.

If I’m making this on a weeknight, I’ll often use a rotisserie chicken for ease. It’s my go-to hack during busy weeks and I usually have one in the fridge for recipes just like this. As long as you use a good quality stock, add the lemon, parmesan, herbs and vegetables, this soup will be packed with flavor. 

chicken and stars soup

If you’d like to make it ahead of time or store leftovers, I suggest cooking the pasta separately and storing the soup base and pasta separately as well. It’s as easy as that. Then when it’s time to eat, you combine the pasta and broth. 

chicken and stars soup

My kids LOVE this. It’s easier for them to eat than traditional chicken noodle. They thing the stars are so fun. And so do I! This is fantastic and I adore the rich parmesan broth. It’s cozy, comforting and tastes like home. It’s perfect for any season and even better with a chunk of sourdough bread.

It can’t be beat!

chicken and stars soup

Chicken and Stars Soup

Chicken and Stars Soup

This cozy chicken and stars soup is the ultimate comfort meal. Rich broth, tender chicken and pasta stars mixed with vegetables, lemon and parmesan cheese. This is the most wonderful lovely dinner!
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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery sticks, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • ½ teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 ½ cups cooked, shredded chicken
  • 7 to 8 cups chicken stock
  • 1 parmesan cheese rind
  • 1 cup uncooked stelline pasta, mini pasta stars
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, plus more for topping
  • parmesan cheese, for topping
  • lemon wedges, for spritzing

Instructions 

  • Heat the butter in a large stock pot over medium-low heat. Add in the onion, carrots, celery and garlic with a big pinch of salt and pepper - I’d say at least ½ teaspoon salt and pepper to start. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables soften. Stir in the garlic cloves and poultry seasoning. Stir in the shredded chicken.
  • Add in 7 cups of chicken stock and the parmesan rind. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce it to a simmer. Stir in the star pasta. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is al dente, about 8 minutes.
  • Add in the lemon juice and fresh parsley. Taste the soup and if it needs more salt and pepper, add it. If the parmesan rind didn’t melt entirely, you can scoop it out at this point. You can also decide if you’d like to add the additional cup of chicken stock here - it depends on how hearty or how brothy you like your soup. The pasta will soak it up as it sits!
  • Serve immediately with a lemon wedge for sprinkling, parmesan cheese for topping and parsley sprinkled on top.
  • Note: if you want to prep this for meals ahead of time, or want to have it for leftovers, I suggest cooking the pasta separately as it will soak up most of the broth as it sits overnight. Combine the soup and pasta stars and reheat to enjoy!
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chicken and stars soup

Those stars are the cutest.