Wednesday, January 31, 2024

C is for Chicken Pastina Soup

This classic Italian Soup is made with chicken wings, fresh vegetables, small pasta and parmesan cheese.  It is a delicious way to start your Sunday Supper.

Chicken Pastina Soup

C is for Chicken.  It is also for Comfort Food.  We are working our way through the Alphabet this year and this week we are sharing recipes and/or foods that start with the letter C.  Glad you could join us.

Let's look at what the others are serving up that start with the letter C today.....

Chicken Pastina Soup pin

When cutting up chickens I never discard the backs or wings.  I place them into the freezer and use them for making soup and broth.  This recipe uses the whole wing not just the wingtips, if you only have the tips and backs you can also place a half of a breast in as you are making the broth so that you have meat for your soup.

This recipe is listed in two steps, the first is to make the broth and the second to turn that broth into the Chicken Pastina Soup.

Soups, Starters, Chicken, Pasta
Yield: 8 servings
Author: Wendy Klik
Chicken Pastina Soup

Chicken Pastina Soup

This classic Italian Soup is made with chicken wings, fresh vegetables, small pasta, and parmesan cheese. It is a delicious way to start your Sunday Supper.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 2 HourTotal time: 2 H & 10 M


  • 2-3 lbs chicken wings
  • 8 c. water
  • 3 carrots, 2 cut into chunks, 1 scraped and cut into small dice
  • 1 stalk celery cut into chunks
  • 1 small onion, cut in half
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 2 c. small pasta, any shape you wish
  • 3/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
  • handful of fresh parsley


  1. Place the onion, celery, carrot chunks, and chicken wings into a large pot and cover with the water. Add the chicken bouillon cubes and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  2. When the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, skim off any foam that has risen, and cook for an hour or so.
  3. Strain the broth through a large sieve, into a clean soup pot. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper, if needed.
  4. Remove any meat from the wings, discarding the skin and bones. Discard the cooked vegetables.
  5. Place the soup pot over medium-high heat and add the carrots. Bring to a boil and cook for about 5 minutes until carrots are fork-tender. Add the pasta and continue to boil until the carrots are completely tender and the pasta is cooked to your desired consistency, about 5 more minutes.
  6. Stir in the chicken, parsley, and cheese.


Recipe adapted from one found at Marcelina in Cucina

Nutrition Facts



Fat (grams)

15.29 g

Sat. Fat (grams)

4.96 g

Carbs (grams)

15.73 g

Fiber (grams)

1.37 g

Net carbs

14.37 g

Sugar (grams)

2.1 g

Protein (grams)

19.3 g

Sodium (milligrams)

516.05 mg

Cholesterol (grams)

67.23 mg


  1. C is also for childhood, which is what this recipe brings me back to! Thank you for hosting, I'm really enjoying the challenge.

    1. Thanks for joining me Jolene. I am enjoying it as well and I am thrilled with the participation.

  2. This soup sounds like comfort food to me. It's been a hot minute since I've had this as it was one of the recipes my dad would make when I was younger.

    1. So good and so comforting Lisa. I'm glad I could bring you some happy food memories.

  3. I always save the carcass and wings of a whole chicken for soup too. It feels so virtuous and the finished soup tastes so good. This would be super fun with alphabet pasta.

  4. Comfort food recipes are always keepers. Making soup from homemade broth or stock is easy and more nutritious.

  5. This is the type of soup you can never go wrong with. Comforting, simple to make, yet full of so much delicious flavor. If only I had a bowl of it this evening for dinner!!!

  6. that soup looks so delish - and with that homemade stock, it must be truly yum !!

  7. Simple foods are always comforting and this is no exception. Lovely choice for the letter c.


I enjoy getting comments and feedback from my audience. Please let me know what you think, keeping in mind that we are all entitled to our own beliefs and opinions. I am happy to hear yours as long as they are stated nicely.