Tired of dinner decisions? Enjoy a 14 day trial to our meal plan service, voted #1 by Lifehacker, and reduce your mental load today.

Slow Cooker (or not) Chicken Noodle Soup
with rotisserie chicken / celery / carrots

Active: 25 min Total: 6 hr 25 min
This classic recipe from our archives is simple and comforting.
Smarts: Shred rotisserie chicken for tomorrow night at the same time as preparing tonight's meal.
Smarts: To easily infuse the soup with extra flavor, stir salsa in at the end. Any salsa will work, but we love the way a salsa with roasted aromatics adds smoky notes.
Tags
Proteins
Cuisines

Ingredients

Metric
Servings:
4
Slow Cooker (or not) Chicken Noodle Soup:
  • Rotisserie chicken - 1/2, shredded
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, minced
  • Onions, medium - 1, diced
  • Celery - 2 stalks, diced
  • Carrots - 8 oz, sliced
  • Pasta, rotelle / wagon wheels - 4 oz (sub any small pasta shape)
  • Italian seasoning - 1/2 tsp
  • Bay leaves - 2
  • Thyme, fresh - 2 sprigs
  • Stock, chicken - 5 cups
  • Salsa, store-bought - 1/2 cup
  • Cheese, parmesan (opt) - 2 oz, shaved or grated

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Just a moment...
% Daily Value
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...

Increase your nutrition smarts

Prep

  1. Rotisserie chicken - (If making Wednesday night's meal, prep chicken for that meal at the same time.) Take meat off the bone and shred. Use a knife and fork or your hands. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Garlic / Onions / Celery / Carrots - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Pasta - Cook pasta according to package directions. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
  4. If cooking soup in the slow cooker: Combine rotisserie chicken (reserve half if doubled), garlic, onions, celery, carrots, Italian seasoning, bay leaves, thyme sprigs, and stock in a slow cooker. Cook on low for ~6 hours.

Unlock this meal along with hundreds of smart meal plans and never stress about "What's for dinner?" again

Try for free
Learn More

Make

  1. If making soup on the stovetop: Heat up a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add some cooking oil and then garlic, onions, celery, and carrots to heated oil and saute for ~3 minutes. Add in Italian seasoning, bay leaves, thyme sprigs, stock, and chicken (reserve half if doubled). Bring to a boil, and then simmer for ~15 minutes.
  2. When soup is finished cooking, remove bay leaves and thyme sprigs.
  3. Stir salsa and cooked pasta into soup. Season with some salt and pepper.
  4. Enjoy soup with parmesan cheese on top (if using).

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Just a moment...
% Daily Value
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...

Increase your nutrition smarts


Reviews

Ratings

Original (48)
No ratings yet.
Gluten-free (0)
Paleo (12)
Vegetarian (11)

Most Helpful

I got a raw whole chicken and cooked it in my instant pot ahead of time, which also made 4 cups of broth. The soup was good. I skipped the salsa and added quite a bit of salt.

By: Becca
Posted: Jan 05, 2019
Diet: Paleo
1 Helpful

35 reviews

Easy perfect weekday soup recipe

By: Sheila
Posted: Sep 30, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Omitted Italian seasoning and replaced with rosemary, ginger and turmeric for sick family members!

By: Trina
Posted: May 04, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

The salsa makes this dish so don’t forget it. I added a diced yellow squash because it was in the frig. We used the mini bow tie noodle. I am a big fan of the mini pasta. Added an extra cup of stock and 1 tsp thyme instead of fresh. Diced the rotisserie chicken but forgot parmesan. Made stovetop and just threw in the pasta after it was boiling. Will make again! Yum!

By: Diane
Posted: Nov 05, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Thought this was quite delicious! As usual with CookSmarts soups it made WAY more than 4 servings. I would guess maybe at least 6. Might recommend cutting down on some of the add ins + increasing the stock.

By: Caitlin
Posted: Nov 18, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Good basic recipe for chicken noodle soup

By: Kristine
Posted: Feb 26, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I made this with a chicken i roasted because the store bought ones are all grease and was extra heavy handed with the thyme. And i added allspice and maggi. The soup turned out amazing. I think the recipe as is would be a bit too basic to really impress, but with a few tweaks, it's definitely one to keep around.

By: Steffi
Posted: Mar 12, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful