How to Make Easy Italian Chicken Soup

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Who doesn’t like good ‘ol chicken soup? This particular chicken soup recipe is very simple to make… and how do I know this?  Because I make it!  After all, my motto is if it’s in’t simple, I don’t post it.

Easy Italian Chicken Soup Recipe

This soup is a basic chicken soup which I make every time my husband or I get sick. And like most chicken soups, it always makes us feel better with its comforting flavor and warmth.

My goal with this recipe is to provide you a base recipe that you can build upon and modify as you get comfortable with it.

When you make chicken soup make sure to freeze whatever you don’t use. In fact sometimes I make it just to keep in the freezer for when my husband or I get sick.

This soup doesn’t include a ton of different ingredients, it’s simply not needed. I’ve included instructions for making this soup both over the stove and in an instant pot or electric pressure cooker.



Specific measurements are included in the recipe card below.

  • Olive oil
  • Garlic. Crush the garlic and then cut into large pieces.
  • Carrots. Either cut the carrots into round slices or dice them.
  • Celery stalks and the top leaves. Either dice the celery or slice them. The larger the pieces the longer it takes to cook.
  • Large onion. Dice the onion into small pieces.
  • Chicken breasts. I prepare them differently depending if I’m using the stovetop method or pressure cooker.
  • Parsley. Dried or fresh is fine.
  • salt and pepper
  • Pasta noodles. This is optional, but any type will do such as pastina noodles like acini di pepe, or you can use long noodles like egg noodles or linguini.
  • Romano cheese. Used at the end for sprinkling on top.

How to Make Italian Chicken Soup

Follow these steps to make this easy Italian chicken soup. For pressure cooker or insta pot instructions, see the next section below.

  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the crushed garlic and saute for a minute or two.
  3. Add in the chopped onion, carrots, and celery and saute for about 8 minutes over low-medium heat until the onions are translucent.
  4. Add about 6 quarts of water and turn the heat to high and bring to a boil.
  5. Add the whole chicken breasts and boil for about 40 minutes. Remove any scum that might appear while boiling. This is just fat that can be discarded.
  6. Remove the chicken breasts and let cool by running under cold water. This allows you to easily handle the chicken.
  7. Using a knife, either cut the chicken into small cubes, or shred the chicken. Which ever you prefer.
  8. Return the chicken to the pot and add the parsley, salt and a dash of black pepper.
  9. Lower the heat to low-medium for two hours every once in a while until the chicken is fully cooked and the soup is flavorful.
  10. Meanwhile when the soup is almost ready, cook the noodles in a separate pan according to package instructions. Place in a bowl and ladle the soup on top and sprinkle with some Romano or Parmesan cheese.

Italian Chicken Soup Made in a Pressure Cooker or Insta Pot

The above method for making chicken soup can take quite a bit of time. I finally wised up and one day decided to make it in my Fagor 3-in-1 electric pressure cooker. It came out just as good and I consider it a winner!

Depending on your model, you may need to adjust the timing and instructions based on what your manual states.

  1. Chop the chicken into 1/2 inch pieces.
  2. Add all the ingredients to the pressure cooker.
  3. Use the proper amount of water according to what your cooker allows. Since this isn’t cooking down as it would on a stove, I recommend 5-6 cups.
  4. Close the lid and set your top knob setting to Pressure Cooker.
  5. Set the time to 15 minutes.
  6. Set the temperature to High.
  7. Press start. The cooker will need to preheat to build up pressure, this will usually take about 10 minutes or more.
  8. When done, carefully turn the release knob to Steam/Release and let the steam from the pressure escape. Do not try to open the lid until all the steam has escaped.
  9. Meanwhile when the soup is almost ready, cook the noodles in a separate pan according to package instructions. Place in a bowl and ladle the soup on top and sprinkle with some Romano or Parmesan cheese.

Recipe Tips & Suggestions

I don’t typically always measure how much water I’m using, but the goal is to create the chicken broth using the chicken breast. When making it on the stovetop, it will cook down considerably, but in the insta pot it won’t.

If you want an even deeper flavor, feel free to add your own chicken broth – perhaps a mix of water and broth.

Cook some noodles, such as egg noodles or linguine on the side and then serve with the soup. Don’t cook the noodles in the soup as it would get very mushy. You can also take some angel hair or vermicelli noodles and break them into small pieces. Cook them in boiling water and then serve with the soup.

Italian Chicken Soup Side Dishes

Here are some ideas for what to serve with your Italian chicken soup.

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Enjoy your soup with some crusty garlic bread!

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Serve your chicken soup with a simple Italian green salad. Soup and salad always go well together.


If you want to have a well rounded meal, then use the soup as a first course and some Italian chicken cutlets as the main dish!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my Italian chicken soup recipe. Let me know in the comments below how you like it and what changes you made to make it your own!

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How to Make Easy Chicken Soup

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Course: Soups
Cuisine: Italian


  • 2 Large Carrots Chopped fine
  • 2 Large Celery Stalks and the leaves Chopped fine
  • 1 Large Onion Chopped fine
  • 3 Chicken breasts Cubed or shredded
  • 1 dash salt


  • Wash your hands before and after handling raw meat
  • Fill large sauce pan or pot 3/4 full with water
  • Add salt bring to boil
  • Add in chopped carrots, celery plus leaves, onion and chicken
  • Boil about 40 minutes then remove scum that might appear on top of water
  • Lower heat to low-medium for 2-3 hours stirring every once in awhile until chicken is fully cooked and I mean really cooked! Not spongy and no doubt about it cooked. Remember it’s in water so it won’t dry out. 🙂
  • Give a taste test when near completion to make sure it is good with flavor. You can add in more ingredients if need be.


A few things to note about this recipe.   First, I don’t have measurements for water. If you use too much water it will be soupy.  To easily overcome this should you encounter this situation is to add some chicken bullion and make extra noodles to add to it.
Tip #1: Freeze unused portions in small containers such as left over yogurt plastic containers. These are perfect sizes for individual meals when in a hurry or when sick.
Tip #2: Sprinkle Romano cheese on top of soup for extra flavor and saltiness.ditalini for chicken soup
Tip #3: Do not use the same spoon each time for tasting. Either clean it or get a new one, especially when sick.
Tip #4:  For extra bulk, add in cooked noodles such as ditalini or other small pasta shape like those little stars.

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