Stellini Soup

Stellini soup is delicious and hearty. It is a healthy, feel-good Winter recipe packed with stelline pasta, vegetables and nutrients. It’s the comfort food that we like to make when we curl up on the couch on a cold day.

A bowl of stellini soup served with bread

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.

Stelline

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 need around 5-7 minutes to cook through so you can add just the right amount before serving.

A bowl of stellini soup packed with stellini pasta and vegetables as seen from above

Stock

In this recipe, we’re using our homemade chicken stock. However, the store-bought stock is completely fine, just add hot water to your stock cubes as directed on the packet. We love making and using our own stock as we find that it’s packed with flavor and we also know exactly 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, onion, potato 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 tend to 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, if you leave the thighs whole with the bones, this is also fine - just remove the chicken with a slotted spoon once it’s finished cooking, remove the bones and shred it. Then it can immediately be placed back into the soup.

A bowl of stellini soup with a spoon picking up a delicious mouthful

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

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.

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Cuisine
American

Servings
6

Calories
318 kcal

Prep time
20 minutes

Cook time
1 hour

Total time
1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 minced cloves of garlic
  • 3 chopped carrots (⅓ inch pieces)
  • 3 chopped celery sticks (⅓ inch pieces)
  • 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
  • 6 slices baguette (to serve)

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. Then, add 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, 1 teaspoon thyme, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper to the pot and mix in the seasoning.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Once the pasta has cooked through, salt to taste and serve the soup with some fresh bread.

Notes

  • 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. Add the stelline pasta as you’re heating the soup.

Nutrition

  • Calories 318 kcal | 
  • Carbohydrates 36 g | 
  • Protein 27 g | 
  • Fat 7.3 g | 
  • Saturated fat 1.8 g | 
  • Cholesterol 67 mg | 
  • Sodium 1129 mg | 
  • Fiber 4.8 g | 
  • Sugar 5 g |