Italian Chicken Noodle Soup

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Italian Chicken Noodle Soup – Italian seasoned broth, chicken, pasta, and tons of veggies.

white bowl full of Italian Chicken Noodle Soup

The very first episode that I ever saw of Rachel Ray’s daytime talk show was sometime around 2007.  I remember it because she made an Italian chicken noodle soup that inspired me to make this recipe.  I’ve probably made this soup 4 or 5 times a year ever since.  For someone like me who develops recipes for a living, making a dish that many times means one thing.  I really, really like it!

What’s not to like about this soup?  It’s healthy, easy to prepare, and delicious.

The base of this soup is an Italian seasoned broth with a touch of tomato sauce.  It’s got lean chicken, whole wheat penne pasta ‘noodles’, and tons of veggies.

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When I first started making this soup, I used spinach instead of kale.  Sometimes I would use fresh baby spinach, and other times I would use frozen spinach that I had thawed and drained.  So, if you don’t like kale, you could easily substitute spinach.  However, I do recommend the kale.  It tastes great in this soup!

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white bowl full of Italian Chicken Noodle Soup with Penne and Kale

Italian Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

5 from 7 votes
Italian Chicken Noodle Soup - Italian seasoned broth, chicken, pasta, and tons of veggies.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes


Servings 6 servings
Calories 326 kcal


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 celery ribs -sliced
  • 3 medium carrots -sliced
  • 1 large yellow onion -chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves -minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (15 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast -cut into bite-size chunks
  • 8 oz. penne pasta -half a 1 pound box
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach leaves
  • Optional: grated parmesan cheese for topping


  • Add the oil to a large soup pot and place over medium-high heat for 1 minute. Add the celery, carrots, and onion. Cook for 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • Add the garlic, Italian seasoning, sugar, salt, pepper, and bay leaf. Cook 1 minute stirring often.
  • Add the broth, diced tomatoes, and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil. Add the chicken and pasta.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the spinach leaves.  Simmer for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove the pot from the heat. Let the soup rest for 5 minutes before serving. Optional: Sprinkle individual servings with grated parmesan cheese.


Serving: 1/6th of the recipe | Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 1665mg | Potassium: 1119mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 6865IU | Vitamin C: 34.8mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 3.4mg
Course Dinner, Entree, Main Course, Soup
Keyword Chicken noodle soup, Italian chicken noodle soup, Italian chicken soup
Cuisine American, Italian
Author Amanda Finks

Adapted from Italian-Style Chicken Noodle Soup from The Rachel Ray Show.

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  1. 5 stars
    Made this today exactly like the recipe and it’s fabulous. It’s a big hit with the family. Thank you for the delicious recipe ☺️

  2. 5 stars
    Very delicious! Have been on a soup kick this year, and this was probably my boyfriend’s favorite of all so far. I added half pound of hot italian sausage, a handful of cherry tomatoes, and used a whole bag of spinach.

  3. Thanks so much for posting this yummy to my tummy recipe!! I plan to make it as soon as I get the chicken and some of the veggies; I already have the rest of them. Nothing Walmart can’t resolve by tomorrow! They’re OK for what I need. Thanks so much again for posting! I’m giving a five star rating even though I haven’t cooked it yet but… 🎵I know without a doubt it’s going to be great🎶
    🎶Seriously, I’m going to make this
    chicken soup tomorrow!🎶cha cha….🎶cha cha….🎶..🎵💃

  4. 5 stars
    I’m making this right now and it smells fantastic. The only thing I did differently is omit the kale/spinach because my family just won’t eat it and I always pull my chicken apart rather than cube. I just can’t stomach cubed chicken and it just looks more appealing to me.

  5. 5 stars
    Just made this last night and I had to thank you! So easy and so delicious! My husband and I absolutely loved it and I will definitely be making it again!

  6. 5 stars
    This was one of the best and easiest soups I’ve ever made. Thanks for sharing! I worked with what I had at the house so I didn’t include celery, tomato paste, or diced tomatoes (I did add a quarter cup of pasta sauce). I took the sugar down from two tsp. to a big pinch. I also had frozen chunks of garlic and herb chicken. I cooked that separately and added it to the soup at the end to rest with it for 5 min. Will definitely be making again.

    1. Hi Caitlyn, I’m glad you enjoyed the soup! The swaps that you made sound like they would be fantastic! 🙂

    1. No need to precook the chicken. Add it raw. When the chicken is cut into small bite sized chunks, it fully cooks in the broth as the soup simmers.

  7. This may be a silly question, but do you cook the chicken before putting it in the soup? Or are bite-size pieces small enough that they cook in the 8-10 minutes they’re in there? Thanks!

  8. I can never turn down a good chicken noodle soup! Yum!
    (P.S. Rachel Ray has been my favorite “food celeb” since I was a little girl!

About Amanda Finks

I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist living in Zionsville, IN. I’m an avid cook, travel nerd, & lover of good food! I’m trained in Food Science & recipe development. It’s my mission to bring you the BEST recipes your whole family will love!

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