Stellini soup is delicious and hearty. It is a healthy, feel-good Winter recipe with stelline pasta, vegetables, and nutrients. It’s the comfort food we like to make when we curl up on the couch on a cold day.
Stelline pasta, also known as “stellini” or “little stars,” is a type of small, star-shaped pasta. It’s a popular choice in Italian cuisine, particularly for soups and broths.
While Stelline pasta is gorgeous to add to the soup and is so comforting, it’s important not to add too much to your soup. The stelline will absorb a lot of the liquid of your soup if you’re not careful - they look small but will expand once they cook in the soup.
We recommend around a cup of stelline to your soup. Also, if you’re not planning on eating all the soup in one sitting, add a small amount of pasta to each serving as you heat your soup before serving. The stelline only needs around 5 minutes to cook through, so you can add the right amount before serving.
In this recipe, we’re using our homemade chicken stock. However, the store-bought stock is completely fine; add hot water to your stock cubes as directed on the packet. We love making and using our own stock as it’s packed with flavor, and we also know precisely what’s in it in terms of salt content, veggies, etc. You can use either chicken stock or vegetable stock. Since we’re adding chicken thighs to our soup, we opted for chicken stock.
Vegetables & chicken
We’re adding a variety of vegetables, such as carrots, onions, potatoes, and celery. This gives the soup a lot of flavor. We also like to keep the seasoning relatively simple with rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper.
In this recipe, we’re using chicken thighs. We prefer chicken thighs to breasts as they are so tender in soup. We de-bone the chicken before adding it to the soup, and you can also cut the chicken into pieces before adding it. However, leaving the thighs whole with the bones is also fine - remove the chicken with a slotted spoon once it’s finished cooking, remove the bones, and shred the chicken. Then, it can immediately be placed back into the soup.
Serving stellini soup
Since this is a comfort food for us, that usually comes with a little bit of indulgence, and we have quite a few ways to step up your soup;
- Crusty bread (like baguette or sourdough): Serve slices of warm, crusty bread such as a baguette or sourdough. They’re perfect for dipping into the soup and absorbing its flavors. You can toast the bread lightly for added crunch.
- Grilled cheese sandwich: Pair the soup with a classic grilled cheese sandwich. Use a combination of cheeses like cheddar and Gruyere for a rich, melty filling. Grill the sandwich until golden brown for a delightful texture contrast with the soup.
- Roasted vegetables: Serve roasted vegetables like Brussels sprouts, asparagus, or carrots. Season them with herbs and a sprinkle of olive oil before roasting to bring out their natural sweetness and add a healthy, flavorful side to the meal.
- Garlic bread: Slather slices of bread with a mix of butter, minced garlic, and parsley, then bake until golden. This side is great for sopping up the savory broth.
- Cheese platter: Create a cheese platter with various cheeses such as Brie, Gouda, and blue cheese. The different flavors of the cheeses can complement the rich and savory notes of the soup.
- Crostini: Prepare crostini by toasting thin slices of bread. Top them with herbs, a spread like tapenade, or a light brushing of olive oil. These small, flavorful bites are excellent for nibbling between spoonfuls of soup.
- Parmesan cheese: Grated cheese can be sprinkled on top of the soup. It adds a nutty, salty flavor that enhances the overall taste.
What is stellini soup?
Stellini soup is made with stelline pasta. Stelline means “little stars” in Italian, and the pasta not only adds a lovely visual effect but makes the soup hearty and filling. The soup incorporates lots of vegetables, such as carrots, celery, onion and so on which pack the soup full of flavor. We also add chicken thighs to this recipe for some added protein.
What can I serve with stellini soup?
Our version of stellini soup already has a lot of carbs in it as we add the stellini pasta and veggies, such as potato, but honestly, we can’t resist serving this soup with some bread on the side, such as a baguette.
How long can I store stellini pasta in the fridge?
You can store stellini pasta in an airtight container for 3-5 days in the fridge.
Stellini soup is delicious and hearty. It is a healthy, feel-good Winter recipe packed with flavor and nutrients. It’s the comfort food that we like to make when we curl up on the couch on a cold day.
4 minced cloves of garlic
3 chopped carrots
3 chopped celery sticks
3 chopped potatoes
1 chopped white onion
5 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 lb chicken thighs or chicken breasts
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon neautral-flavored oil
1 cup stelline pasta
On medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of oil to a pot, then add the garlic, carrots, celery, potatoes and onion and sauté until the onion becomes almost translucent roughly 5-10 minutes. Mix continuously.
Then, add 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, 1 teaspoon thyme, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper to the pot and mix in the seasoning.
After adding seasoning, immediately add the 5 cups of stock and the 1lb of chicken thighs. Bring the pot to a boil for roughly 2-3 minutes, and then place the pot on a low-medium heat until the liquid is just simmering. Make sure the chicken is completely submerged in the liquid. Cook for 30 minutes to 1 hour or until the chicken has been cooked through.
Once the chicken is cooked, remove the chicken into a separate bowl with a slotted spoon. Remove the bones and shred the chicken if this hasn’t already been done, and then place the chicken back in the pot.
Take the pot off the heat. Add the cup of stelline pasta to the soup. Mix the pasta into the soup and leave it to cook in the residual heat of the soup for 5-10 minutes.
Once the pasta has cooked through, salt to taste. We recommend serving your soup with some fresh bread.
De-bone and chop the chicken before adding it to the soup to avoid needing to do this at a later stage.
Make sure to only add stelline pasta to the amount of soup you’re about to serve as you do not want to pasta to absorb too much of the liquid once you put it in the fridge. Stelline pasta can be added later on as you’re about to serve by adding the pasta as you're heating the soup.
- Calories 318 kcal |
- Carbohydrate Content 36 g |
- Cholesterol Content 67 mg |
- Fat Content 7.3 g |
- Fiber Content 4.8 g |
- Protein Content 27 g |
- Serving Size 1 portion |
- Sodium Content 1129 mg |
- Sugar Content 5 g |
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Emma Donin is the culinary maestro behind this blog that serves as a melting pot of global cuisines and gastronomic adventures. Her culinary journey began in her grandmother's kitchen, where she learned the fundamentals of cooking and the importance of using fresh, quality ingredients.