Quick Chicken Soup with Pasta
This warm and nutritious soup will never fail to please.
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 pound mezze penne rigate or other small cut pasta
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), plus more for drizzling
- 6 cups chicken stock, divided
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1 large bay leaf
- 5-6 carrots, peeled and sliced crosswise 1/4-inch thick
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2-3 large cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
- 1 rind Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (optional), plus grated Parmigiano Reggiano, for topping
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
- 1 small lemon, zested
Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain; drizzle with EVOO.
While the pasta is working, in a small skillet, pour about 2 cups chicken stock over the chicken to cover it. Add the wine and bay leaf; bring to a simmer over medium heat. Make sure the chicken is not sticking to the pan by giving it a wiggle with tongs. Lower the heat to low and gently poach until fully cooked, about 12 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a soup pot, heat 2 tablespoons EVOO over medium-high heat. Stir in the carrots, onion, garlic and thyme; season with salt and pepper. Partially cover and cook until the vegetables are softened, about 10 minutes. Add the remaining stock and the cheese rind, if using; bring to a simmer.
Remove the chicken from the poaching liquid; cut into bite-size cubes and add to the soup. Strain in the poaching liquid. Stir in the peas and parsley; discard the bay leaf.
Spoon the pasta into bowls. Ladle in the hot soup and top with the lemon zest and grated cheese.