Easy Homemade Chicken and Stars Soup tastes like childhood but even better because it’s simple, homemade and toddler approved!
Homemade Chicken and Stars Soup
It has been raining non-stop here this week and I’m not mad about it. When you live in dry, sunny Los Angeles, you welcome the rain even when it means you will be cooped up with twins toddlers for three days straight. So, into the pantry I went collect the ingredients for homemade Chicken and Stars Soup.
To be quite honest, I didn’t eat a ton of canned soup when I was a child. My Mom just didn’t buy it. But when my Dad married my step-Mom Lisa, the world of Lipton’s Instant Chicken Noodle Soup in those little paper packets was introduced to me and it blew my mind. Super salty, chicken-brothy goodness, with skinny little noodles quickly became a flavor I craved each and every time I was sick. In fact I wanted that exact soup when I was pregnant with the twins and couldn’t keep much else down. If you know the flavor, you know what I’m talking about.
Better than boxed chicken soup!
This Homemade Chicken and Stars Soup has all of those classic flavors I loved but is made (almost) from scratch and way healthier especially when it comes to the sodium content. Just low sodium chicken broth (I like Trader Joe’s Organic Low Sodium Chicken Broth,) carrots, celery, and onions, all diced small for toddler mouths, grocery store rotisserie chicken chopped into small pieces, garlic, turmeric and “Pastina” star shaped pasta.
The twins absolutely LOVED that the soup was filled with stars and both of them told me how good the soup was without any asking. That gives this recipe TWO STARS (get it?) in my book. I loved that they were eating a soup packed with tiny carrots and lots of chicken. It’s a lunch I could feel good about serving them and it was delicious for me as well!
Homemade Chicken and Stars Soup is the perfect toddler meal for lunch or dinner. It’s fast to make thanks to store bought rotisserie chicken and delicious to eat. The tiny star pasta gives an illusion of thickness to the broth and tiny chunks of carrot, celery, and onion, give that home cooked flavor you crave. I hope you all will try this simple and fast version of a classic with your family.
- 1 cup small diced carrots
- 1 cup small diced onion
- 1/2 cup small diced celery
- 1 tsp kosher salt + more to taste
- pinch of black pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/8 tsp turmeric
- 8 cups low sodium chicken broth (I use Trader Joe's Organic)
- 1 cup "Pastini" Star Shaped Pasta
- 3 cups small chopped rotisserie chicken
- In a large soup pot heat olive oil over medium heat.
- Add in carrots, celery and onion stir sauteeing until veggies are tender about 5-7 minutes. Add in a pinch of salt and pepper to season veggies.
- Once veggies are starting to become tender, add in garlic and turmeric and cook stiring for 30 seconds.
- Add in chicken stock and stir to combine.
- Bring to a boil.
- Season with 1 tsp of kosher salt and a pinch of pepper.
- Add in star pasta and cook according to box instructions about 6 minutes for al dente.
- Meanwhile chop your rotisserie chicken.
- Stir in after pasta is cooked and remove from heat.
- Taste and season more with salt and pepper if needed. I try not to add too much salt when I'm cooking for my toddlers.