Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Italian Chicken & Vegetable Soup

I love soup and have been on the hunt for some new recipes.  I found this easy one from Paula Deen (LOVE Paula Deen!).  Can you believe there's recipe from Paula that does NOT include butter??? 

Just a handful of ingredients makes this quick and easy soup and it is very good!  My family gave it a thumbs up last night so I will definitely be making this again. 

My version of
Italian Chicken and Vegetable Soup 
(from Paula's Home Cooking, Jan./Feb. 2006 issue)

2 tablespoons olive oil
3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces (1-3/4 pounds or a little more)
1 small onion *
1 cup sliced carrots (about 3 small) *
2-1/2 cups sliced zucchini (about 2 medium) *
2 (14.5 ounce) cans of diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano *
2 (14.5 ounce) cans of chicken broth
grated Parmesan cheese, optional

In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add chicken and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.  Add onions and carrot and cook for 5 minutes.  Stir in zucchini, diced tomatoes and chicken broth.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.  Top each serving with grated cheese, if desired. 

makes 6-8 servings

* I did not use a whole onion (base it on your family's preference). 
* I used more carrots and zucchini than the recipe called for because I like really chunky soup.  The extra amounts worked well.
* The canned tomatoes I used were Hunts Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic and Oregano with No Added Salt.  I was fine without the salt but my husband thought it needed a little. 

*** The recipe did not call for any pasta but we decided to serve this soup over some small bow tie pasta.  We cooked the noodles separately and spooned the soup over them.  Very filling and good!

I'm sharing this recipe with everyone at The Country Cook's Soup and Stew linky party.  Stop by and see what everyone else is cooking!


  1. Your Italian Chicken and Vegetable Soup would be so good on this cold day. I would like to invite you to bring a dish to my Full Plate Thursday. Thank you for sharing and you have a great week!

  2. this sounds quite tasty perfect meal for the winter weather

  3. I love a good hearty soup like this!

  4. It looks like a delicious recipe! Thanks - I love trying new ones!

  5. I think I may try this one for my parents next month. I gave them a soup of the month gift where I cook a different soup every month. Do you have a dutch oven or did you substitute?

  6. Mandy, I just used a big stock pot and it worked just fine.
    That's a neat idea for your parents :)

  7. I definitely like the idea of adding pasta! I like a chunky soup too. :) Soup is perfect with the weather we've been having. Thank you for sharing it, and for linking up with my Weekend Bloggy Reading party. :)

  8. I was so excited to see that you had brought your wonderful Italian Chicken & Vegetable Soup to Full Plate Thursday. I can't wait to try it. Thank you so much for coming today and please come back!

  9. I am loving this recipe. Sounds so delicious and perfect for these cold days. I am making this soon.

  10. It has been a soup kind of week around here and this one sounds delish!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I found you via Amanda's Weekend Bloggy Reading party and hope you will visit me at Southern Somedays.

  11. Oh goodness, this looks and sounds SO good!!! Thank you SO much for sharing it at the linky party today!!