Slow-Cooker Chicken and Pasta Soup


Why open a can of chicken noodle soup when this recipe is practically as easy, healthier, and tastier?

Hands On Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs 30 mins
6 serves

We all know homemade chicken soup hits the spot. If you have chicken stock on hand, it's completely okay to substitute it in for the 6 cups of water—it'll add even more flavor. The family-friendly dish will keep in the refrigerator for up to three days in an airtight container. We recommend serving it with buttery crackers or crusty bread and a big green salad. To all the grownups in the room: we won't tell if you enjoy yours with a brimming glass of chilled white wine, too.


  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 2 pounds)

  • 4 carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 4 stalks celery, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 1 medium onion, halved

  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed

  • 2 bay leaves

  • kosher salt and black pepper

  • ½ cup small pasta (such as stellette or alphabet)

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • crackers, for serving


  1. In a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker, place the chicken, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, bay leaves, 6 cups water, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.

  2. Cook, covered, until the chicken is cooked through, on high for 4 to 5 hours or on low for 7 to 8 hours (the low setting will make total cooking time 8 ½ hours).

  3. Twenty minutes before serving, transfer the chicken to a bowl. Remove and discard the onion and bay leaves. If the slow cooker is on the low setting, turn it to high. Add the pasta to the slow cooker, cover, and cook until tender, 15 to 18 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, shred the chicken. When the pasta is cooked, stir the chicken into the soup along with the parsley. Serve with the crackers, if desired.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

293 Calories
12g Fat
16g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 293
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 99mg 33%
Sodium 464mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 30g
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 2mg 11%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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