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Hearty Chicken Soup with Star Pasta

There’s nothing like a steaming bowl of soup on a brisk fall day. While you can use store-bought stock, it’s super simple to make your own in the slow cooker.

December 16th, 2012

by LeeAnne Wright

Makes 8 Servings
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
In the slow cooker: 7 hours on low or 4 hours on high
  • 4
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 leek, white and light green part only, thinly sliced
  • 3 bone-in whole chicken legs with thighs attached
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 8 cups homemade or no-salt-added chicken stock
  • ½ cup star pasta
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
  1. Place carrots, celery, leeks, chicken legs, thyme, bay leaves and chicken stock in the slow cooker. Cover opening tightly with foil and cover with lid (this will prevent liquid from evaporating). Slow cook on low for 6 hours and 40 minutes or on high for 3 hours and 40 minutes.

  2. Remove chicken legs from slow cooker and add pasta and peas. Remove bones from chicken and shred meat into bite-sized pieces; return meat to slow cooker and continue to cook for 20 minutes.

  3. Remove thyme stems (the leaves may have fallen off), stir in dill and season with fresh pepper and salt. Serve immediately.

Nutrients Per Serving

275 calories, 13 g fat, 38 mg calcium, 170 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrates, 4 g fibre, 22 g protein. Excellent source of vitamin A, niacin and selenium; source of fibre, vitamin C, iron and omega-6.

Hearty Chicken Soup with Star Pasta
Photography by Ryan Szulc

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