This amazing Tuscan soup recipe is so easy when you have a shredded rotisserie chicken on hand! Kids will love the sweet Italian vegetable soup made with tiny chopped up fresh carrots, celery, and zucchini.
During a recent trip to visit family in the Twin Cities area, we stopped in at a cafe called D'Amico & Sons for a quick lunch. Too much heavy fast food on our trip left me with an upset stomach so all I wanted was a light and healthy vegetable soup. When the server brought my bowl, I immediately knew I had picked a winner.
This Tuscan soup has a tomato-based broth with just a hint of creaminess without being a full-fledged cream soup.
It is thick with Italian vegetables and teeny tiny pasta but still brothy enough to be a soup but not a stew.
It might possibly be the most perfect chicken veggie soup I have ever had. The little bits of chicken gives it that nice savory taste but it is truly the sweet carrots and zucchini that are the heroes of this dish.
The ingredients for this homemade soup are so wholesome:
- Rotisserie Chicken: My favorite dinner shortcut ever. You could use any leftover cooked chicken you have on hand, but this is the fastest way to get it from the store.
- Fresh Carrots: I prefer whole carrots that have been peeled and diced but in a pinch you could substitute baby carrots.
- Fresh Celery
- Zucchini: This is a great way to use up some zucchini, but don't miss more ways to use zucchini here.
- Can of Crushed Tomatoes
- Chicken Stock
- Heavy Cream: You only need a touch of cream for this soup, you could substitute milk or even a little butter if you prefer.
- Acini de Pepe Pasta: This Italian soup noodle looks like tiny round peas once cooked. You could substitute orzo like this pastina recipe or a wavy egg noodle or even rice if you prefer.
- Minced Garlic
- Olive Oil
- Dried Oregano and Basil
I love to serve this soup for company but if your guests have special dietary needs it is easy to adjust this recipe to fit their requirements:
Leave out the pasta completely and eat as a vegetable soup or add your favorite rice.
Skip the heavy cream.
Substitute vegetable stock for the chicken stock and omit the chicken. Leave out the heavy cream.
Short Cuts to Faster Soup
Homemade soup doesn't need to take hours and hours to prepare. With a few handy shortcuts, you can make this Tuscan chicken soup even on a busy weeknight:
- Chop the Veggies Small: Cut the veggies as small as you can. Not only will the soup taste better but it will cook more quickly since the vegetables won't take as long to soften.
- Use a Rotisserie Chicken: My favorite trick for getting cooked chicken into a new dish. I almost always have a packet of pre-shredded chicken meat ready to go in my freezer.
- Use Boxed Chicken Stock: The fresh veggies will bring plenty of homecooked flavor, the boxed stock is just a fantastic speedy shortcut for the broth.
- Fast Cooking Soup Noodles: The Acini de Pepe cook right in the soup in practically no time!
Serve this Tuscan soup with some fresh warm bread and butter and it is total cold winter day heaven. Even the Peanut gave it two thumbs up. She practically licked her bowl clean and I couldn't feel better about the ingredients in it.
Make Ahead Tips
This Tuscan chicken soup can absolutely be made ahead of time and even frozen.
One thing to keep in mind is that the Acini de pepe pasta will continue to absorb the soup broth as it sits and your leftovers may appear too thick.
You can simply add a little more chicken broth when you reheat any leftovers to restore the texture of the soup.
More Rotisserie Chicken Recipes
With shredded rotisserie chicken on hand, you can make so many delicious recipes:
Tuscan Chicken Soup
- 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion diced
- 4 carrots peeled and diced
- 4 stalks celery diced
- 2 zucchini diced
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 6 cups chicken stock
- 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
- 2 cups rotisserie chicken shredded
- ½ cup heavy cream optional
- Salt & pepper to taste
- ½ cup Acini de Pepe pasta
- In a large pot add 2 tablespoon olive oil and sauté the onions, celery, and carrots over medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes. Add the zucchini, garlic, basil, and oregano. Sauté until the veggies are tender about 4-6 minutes.
- Pour the chicken stock and tomatoes into the pot and stir. Add the chicken and stir. Simmer the soup for 20 minutes.
- Add the pasta and cook it right in the soup for another 10 minutes. Taste and season the soup with salt and pepper. Add the heavy cream at this time if you choose and allow it to simmer for 6-8 minutes.
- Top with grated Parmigiano Reggiano or pecorino romano cheese and serve!
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