Cold Buster Chicken and Pasta Soup


Where has this Cold Buster Chicken and Pasta 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 bust that cold. 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? 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.

Disclaimer – I’m no doctor and I don’t intend on this to treat or cure anything, it’s just a natural remedy for you to try which may or may not ease your cold symptoms. I’m also not a food scientist or dietician, I just researched cold fighting foods on the internet and you’ll find several of them in this soup (which I adapted from Soup Addict). None of this has been evaluated by any kind of whomever, but just make it – it’s a seriously delicious soup :)!

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Cold Buster Chicken and Pasta Soup

Yield: About 6 servings


  • 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 lemon grass 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


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add carrots, celery and onions and saute 3 minutes then add ginger, garlic and lemon grass paste and saute 1 minute longer. Pour in chicken broth, turmeric and season with salt and pepper to taste. 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). Transfer chicken to a cutting board and let rest 5 minutes (note that chicken will be very yellow, it's just the turmeric).
  2. Meanwhile add pasta to soup, cover and boil 10 minutes or as directed on package, stirring occasionally. Dice chicken into small pieces, return chicken to soup. Stir in parsley and lemon juice. Serve warm.
  3. Recipe source: adapted from Soup Addict


  • Beverley: Oh I can almost taste this delicious recipe, thank you for all your recipes throughout 2015 and Happy New Year xoxo January 1, 2016 at 4:15am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re very welcome Beverley! Thanks for the thanks :)! Happy New Year to you! January 2, 2016 at 11:04pm Reply

  • Roxana: This soup looks INCREDIBLE – so warm and comforting, and hearty too! I always want dishes like this when I’m sick with a cold, and I believe you can never have too many chicken soup recipes. :) I love the tiny pasta you used in this too! January 1, 2016 at 5:19pm Reply

  • Nicole Maki: Thanks so much for this recipe. Me and my whole family have been incredibly sick all week. This morning I finally felt well enough to cook and I made your soup. I had homemade turkey broth in the freezer so I subbed out all the chicken with turkey. It was amazing and really helped our sore throats and stuffed noses. The coughing even quieted a bit. Thank you!!!! And I wish you every good thing in 2016. January 6, 2016 at 1:51pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m happy to hear your family enjoyed it Nicole! I hope you all get well soon! January 6, 2016 at 4:28pm Reply

  • Mindy: This soup turned out simply amazing on this 10 degree snowy day in Michigan! I used the couscous, however. I’m always game for trying new flavors and this has it all. It had flavors, not ordinarily found in traditional chicken soup. The lemon gave it a distinct refreshing taste, the turmeric was delicious, the lemon grass paste added a whole new dimension. I’ve never used the lemon grass paste before, so enjoyed trying things new to me. Thanks a bunch for the recipe and LOVE THE BLOG. I’ve always had tremendous results with your recipes. January 12, 2016 at 6:16pm Reply

  • Lora: I’ve checked several stores and can’t find Lemon Grass Paste. Anything I can substitute? Thanks! January 14, 2016 at 9:33pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Fresh minced lemon grass or you could just omit it. Hope you love it! January 15, 2016 at 3:52pm Reply

  • Bunnie Verfaillie: I made this soup this week . Simply delicious. I love your soup recipes easy to follow. Great soup for the cold snowy weather thank you January 23, 2016 at 5:41am Reply

  • Laura Dembowski: I’m all about fighting off colds in any way possible. I actually eat garlic everyday and have been told I smell like it. Oops! I would eat this soup everyday too – so comforting and healthy. January 24, 2016 at 6:42am Reply

  • Faith B: Not sure if it’s too late to comment on this post, but could you substitute the pasta for lentils? They’re a good source of zinc, right? Or would those not really be compatible with the soup? Just curious. It sounded yummy and we don’t do a lot of pasta. March 3, 2016 at 11:04am 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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