Homemade Italian Chicken Pastina Soup is a soul warming soup that's as delicious and traditional as any chicken noodle soup! The fine pasta combines perfectly with the rich broth, tender chicken, and vegetables.
12cupschicken bone broth(most carton containers are 32 oz = 4 cups, or follow directions below for homemade broth)
2cupsuncooked orzo (any small pasta will do)
3cupschicken breast(cooked, diced)
1cupParmesan cheese (shredded)
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Homemade Chicken Stock
Remove as much meat off of a cooked chicken carcass as possible. Place the carcass, rough cut vegetables ( onion, carrots, celery ), and a bay leaf or two into a stock pot and cover with water.
Bring the water to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours or more. The longer the carcass is cooked, the more concentrated flavor the broth will have.
The amount of water in the stock pot will reduce as steam escapes during cooking, be sure to add enough water that you will have enough for making your soup next. Strain broth into a clean pot or a large enough bowl to hold the liquid.
Italian Chicken Pastina Soup
Heat a large stock pot over medium heat and add the olive oil. Once the olive oil is heated, it will begin to shimmer.
Add the onion and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the onion begins to become translucent. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute.
Add the chopped carrots and celery. I usually include the chopped greens from the celery, they add fantastic flavor to your soup!
Cook the added vegetables for about 2 to 3 minutes, then add diced tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper, and add the broth and diced chicken breast meat.
Bring the broth to a low boil and reduce heat to simmer. Add the uncooked pasta and cook per the package directions.
*Note that pasta cooked in the soup will continue to expand once leftovers are refrigerated. To avoid this, either cook your pasta separately and rinse in cold water to stop the cooking process before adding to the soup. Or portion pasta directly into bowls when serving, and keep pasta stored separate from the chicken soup.