For anyone else who loved Chicken and Stars Soup as a kid like I did, here is the all-natural homemade version that tastes even better! Plus it’s quick and easy to make, and so delicious.
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1.5 cups diced white onion (about 1 medium onion)
- 1 cup diced carrots (about 2 medium carrots, peeled)
- 1 cup diced celery (about 2 stalks celery, stems removed)
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 8 cups good-quality chicken stock (*you may need 1 or 2 cups more, see below)
- 2 cups chopped cooked chicken (*I chopped mine into pretty small pieces)
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
- 1 cup dried stelline (star-shaped pasta, I used DeLallo stelline)
- optional garnish: chopped fresh parsley
- Heat oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add carrots, celery and garlic and saute for an additional 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add chicken stock, chicken, bay leaves, rosemary, salt, thyme, and black pepper, and stir to combine.
- Bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium and stir in the stelline. Continue cooking the soup over a simmer until the stelline reach al dente and are soft yet still slightly chewy, stirring occasionally so that the pasta doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper or herbs, if needed.
- Serve immediately, with optional garnish if desired.
- *The longer this soup sits, the more the pasta will continue to soak up the broth. So if you let it continue to sit and cook after the pasta reaches al dente, you may need to add in more chicken broth to thin the soup out, and add a little more salt, pepper and herbs accordingly.