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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.


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, gluten-free 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


  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.

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  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).



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