Cold Buster Chicken and Pasta Soup

12.31.2015

Where has this chicken soup been all my life? Most of us get a yearly cold so this is a recipe we all need in our arsenal to help kick that cold! It’s deliciously flavorful, so comforting on a chilly day and packed with good for you ingredients!

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Of course I can’t make any guarantees that it will kill that cold but it does contain plenty of ingredients known to be effective in fighting a cold.

  • Chicken noodle soup in general is good for a cold with it’s warm broth which can calm congestion and build up (do we want to use the word “mucous” on a food blog – ew) and lean chicken which contains cysteine – an amino acid which can calm a cough and stuffed up nose.
  • It’s said that ginger can ease cold symptoms, and fresh garlic contains allicin which destroys bacteria and makes it hard for viruses to stay alive.
  • Then lemongrass is said to be a cough reliever and turmeric is high in antioxidants and it’s said that it can boost the immune system.
  • And lemon juice is said to help unclog a stuffed up respiratory system. So there’s a whole lot of goodness going on here. Plus it’s packed with veggies and a fresh herb and aren’t those always good for us?

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Whether the amounts of the cold fighting ingredients in this soup are high enough to make a difference I can’t say for sure, but what I can say is that this soup is unbelievably delicious and the fact alone that it’s a warm bowl of soup will be so comforting when you’ve got a bad cold. So it’s worth a try.

Plus, we loved this soup so much it will be a regular for us and just maybe it will help not only combat a cold but reduce the risk of getting one in the first place?

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My younger brother loved this so much he said it was the best soup he’s ever had – now that’s saying something!

Just be warned it is very yellow as you can see, thanks to the turmeric. Basically you will have mustard yellow chicken.

It took me a second to get used to it but it tasted so good I could have cared less after a few bites.

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Cold Buster Chicken and Pasta Soup

5 from 6 votes

Most of us get a yearly cold so this is a recipe we all need in our arsenal to help kick that cold! It's deliciously flavorful, so comforting on a chilly day and packed with good for you ingredients!

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken soup
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 275 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups diced carrots (3 medium. Dice small)
  • 1 1/2 cups diced celery (3 stalks. Dice small)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion (1 medium)
  • 2 Tbsp peeled and minced ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp lemongrass paste (found in the produce by the herbs)
  • 4 (14.5 oz) cans low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded evenly to 1/2-inch thickness with flat side of a meat mallet
  • 2/3 cup dry acini de pepe or orzo pasta
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. 

  2. Add carrots, celery and onions and saute 5 minutes then add ginger, garlic and lemon grass paste and saute 1 minute longer. 
  3. Pour in chicken broth, turmeric and season with salt and pepper to taste. 

  4. Add chicken breasts, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover pot and simmer until chicken has cooked through, about 10 - 15 minutes (it should reach 165 degrees in center on an instant read thermometer). 
  5. Transfer chicken to a cutting board and let rest 5 minutes (note that chicken will be very yellow, it's just the turmeric).
  6. Meanwhile add pasta to soup, cover and boil 10 minutes or as directed on package, stirring occasionally. 
  7. Dice chicken into small pieces, return chicken to soup. Stir in parsley and lemon juice. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from Soup Addict

Nutrition Facts
Cold Buster Chicken and Pasta Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 275 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 217mg 9%
Potassium 830mg 24%
Total Carbohydrates 25g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 115.3%
Vitamin C 16.4%
Calcium 5.6%
Iron 9.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

23 comments

  • Hareem: Seriously made it exactly like this (didn’t add the lemon grass) and it was so good!!! 11/10 would def make it again October 23, 2018 at 8:39pm Reply

  • Wendy Ramos: My family loves this soup especially when they are not feeling well. Thank you for this wonderful recipe April 15, 2018 at 4:21pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad it’s being enjoyed! Thanks Wendy! April 16, 2018 at 4:36pm Reply

  • Anna: Just wanted to say this is the only chicken soup my family likes! I make it all the time! Thank you. February 17, 2018 at 10:56am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad your family loves it Anna – thanks for leaving a comment! February 21, 2018 at 10:36am Reply

  • Debbie Polsgrove: Family all had a cold. Decided to cook whole chicken and make my broth homemade. Then followed recipe except substituted wheat no yolk noodles for orzo.Added ginger and lemongrass like recipe. Loved those additions!! Fun to try new item like lemongrass. Absolutely 5 *****! Saved this recipe! January 5, 2018 at 5:54pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great review Debbie! January 8, 2018 at 11:23am Reply

  • Sean: Could you potentially make this in a slow cooker too? January 5, 2018 at 3:07pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes it should work well in a slow cooker too. January 5, 2018 at 8:01pm Reply

  • Missy: I just made this for the first time. It’s delicious! I don’t have a cold now, but at least I’ll have something to look forward to when I do get one this winter! LOL November 24, 2017 at 2:36pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes! I make it all the time too! November 27, 2017 at 2:28pm Reply

  • Carol Dean: LOVED this soup. Next time I will cook the pasta separately to make it lower carb. Then pour soup over pasta. January 2, 2017 at 12:46pm Reply

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