Gluten Free Chicken Noodle Soup with Pastina
This Gluten Free Chicken Noodle Soup with Pastina is the ultimate cooler weather soup that will leave you feeling better in no time! Made with healing ingredients like fresh veggies, chicken broth, tender chicken, and gluten free stelline pasta, this is sure to be an easy dinner the entire family will love. Best part- it comes together in just 20 minutes!
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What Makes This Recipe Great
There is nothing better than a big bowl of chicken soup when you’re feeling under the weather! I recently found some of Jovial Food’s new Stelline shaped pastina at Whole Foods, and couldn’t wait to try it! What better recipe to make with it other than chicken soup with pastina? Pastina, otherwise known as tiny pasta, comes in many shapes. One of them being stars, or “stelline”. This fun tiny pasta shape brings me right back to childhood! It pairs so well with the broth, veggies, chicken and spices. This chicken pastina soup comes together in just 15 minutes, so it’s perfect for busy weeknights.
- Easy to make
- Fun for kids
- Healing ingredients
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free option (omit parmesan)
- 20-minute meal
- One of the best gluten free chicken soup recipes
Gluten Free Pasta: I used Jovial Food’s new Stelline star pasta, but you can use any type of pasta for this recipe. Just follow the directions on the back of the box in terms of cooking time once you add the pasta.
Broth: I like to get the chicken broth pictured from Costco. It is certified gluten free and made with simple, real ingredients.
Cooked chicken: You can either use rotisserie chicken (just look for gluten free), or make your own boiled / poached chicken at home. I like to fill a pot with water, add the chicken breast, bring to a boil, then cover and remove from heat. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then remove the chicken and shred using two forks. You can also make shredded chicken in the Instant Pot.
Parmesan: Parmesan is delicious on top of this soup, but if you need to be dairy free, simply omit it!
Lemon: Lemon adds a delicious flavor to this gluten free chicken noodle soup – I highly recommend adding it plus another squeeze when serving!
How To Make Chicken Pastina Soup
- First, heat the olive oil in a large pot or dutch oven. Add the carrots, onions, celery, and garlic. Saute for 4-5 minutes.
- Add in the cooked shredded chicken, salt, pepper, onion powder, and oregano. Pour in the broth and bring it to a boil.
- Add the pastina and cook for 10 minutes, or according to package directions.
- Serve the soup topped with fresh parsley and parmesan cheese, if desired.
Mary’s Tips and Tricks
Storage: The gluten free pastina absorbs a lot if the broth the longer it sits. If you plan on saving leftovers, I would cook and store the pastina separately and add it to the soup right before serving. Alternatively, you can also add 2 more cups broth if you like it more soupy! You can store the soup in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Flavor: Add a parmesan rind to the broth as it cooks for extra flavor.
Freezing: Again, if you plan to freeze this, I would do so without the pasta. Add the cooked pasta to the thawed broth and enjoy! You can freeze the chicken and veggies in broth for up to 3 months.
Keto Chicken Soup: For a No Noodle Chicken Soup, simply omit the pasta all together.
Pastina is also known as “Italian Penicillin” because many people do feel better after eating it with some broth. While it hasn’t been proven medically, I think we can all agree that chicken (and pastina) soup is good for the soul!
This particular gluten free chicken noodle soup has 358 calories per serving.
Yes, but I recommend freezing without the pasta. Cook and store it separately and add to the thawed soup when you’re ready to serve it! Otherwise the pasta will absorb most of the broth. This soup can be frozen for up to 3 months. Make sure to leave some room at the top of your container, as it expands when frozen.
Pastina or “stelline”!
If you’re poaching chicken on the stove, you can cook it directly from frozen. It will take about 20-22 minutes. Check to make sure the internal temperature of your chicken is at least 165 degrees.
Normally, no. This variety is since it is made from brown rice.
Most store-bought chicken broth is gluten free, however always make sure to check your labels. Some brands include preservatives and additives that may contain gluten. My favorite brand of gluten free chicken broth is Kirkland organic chicken stock and also Kettle & Fire chicken broth.
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Gluten Free Chicken Noodle Soup with Pastina
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 3 carrots, peeled and diced
- 3 pieces celery , diced
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- 1 tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp oregano
- 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
- 8 cups chicken broth
- 12 oz uncooked gluten free pasta, I used Jovial Foods Stelline star pasta
- 1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
- chopped parsley, for garnish, if desired
- parmesan cheese, for topping, if desired
- Heat the olive oil in a large pot or dutch oven. Add in the onions, carrots, celery, and garlic. Saute for 4-5 minutes until the veggies are beginning to soften and the garlic is fragrant.
- Add in the salt, pepper, onion powder, oregano, and chicken. Stir. Pour in the broth. Bring it to a boil.
- Add the pasta and cook according to package directions over medium heat. This is 8 minutes for the stelline.
- Stir in the lemon juice. Serve the soup topped with fresh parsley and parmesan, if desired. Enjoy!