My unintentional hiatus from blogging, as you may have seen on The Messy Little Kitchen's social media feeds, was brought to you thanks to this season's cold and flu viruses that have befriended my family. Fortunately for readers, however, this inspired an amazing new and easy chicken soup recipe that I simply can't wait to share with you! It is definitely a new family favourite and arguably one of those chicken soups for the soul that should be added to your meal plan in the near future.
A few years ago, Lasagna Soup was trending. And while it is delicious and comforting, what's even more amazing when you're in the midst of the cold and flu season is chicken soup. I started thinking about the wonderful recipes for "White Lasagna" with chicken in them, and how there wasn't a soup version of them! This savoury and creamy soup version of white lasagna is unlike any recipe of chicken soup you will have previously tried. While the garnish is optional, it truly adds to the gourmet soup experience, and makes it a very decadent treat, but the soup is also delicious without it.
This coming week, on March 19, it is National Poultry Day. As most readers know, I grew up on a farm where my family raised free run poultry (and they still do!). While I had big dreams of a fancy poultry dish for this occasion, I ended up with a fabulous new soup recipe. And seriously, what could be better than chicken soup married to creamy, cheesy lasagna? And to top it all off, this one uses pureed white beans in place of cream! Yup, you heard it... I'm sneaking those veggies in there again for my family, completely unnoticed. Without further adieu, I share with you the best chicken soup recipe to ever meet my dutch oven!
White Lasagna Chicken Soup
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes
Yield: 4-6 servings
- 1 tbsp + 2 tsp olive oil, divided
- 1 medium to large chicken breast (approx. 1 lb)
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 15 oz can of white beans, drained and rinsed
- 4 cups of chicken broth (or chicken flavoured vegetable broth)
- 1 cup of fresh baby spinach
- 1 medium carrot, sliced
- 4 lasagna noodles, broken into pieces
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 2/3 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
Garnish Ingredients (optional):
- 1 cup ricotta
- 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella
- 1/4 cup shredded parmesan
- Cut the chicken into 1 inch (or smaller) bite-sized pieces.
- Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in the bottom of a large dutch oven or a heavy bottomed pot.
- Add the chicken and cook, stirring and breaking apart until cooked through (about 5-7 minutes).
- While the chicken is cooking, put a small pot of lightly salted water on to boil to cook the lasagna noodles.
- Place the chicken broth and white beans (drained and rinsed) into a blender and blend until smooth
- Dice the onion, mince the garlic and slice the carrot.
- Add the onion, garlic and carrot to the cooked chicken mixture in the dutch oven, and stir until onion and garlic are softened (about 2-4 minutes).
- Add the chicken broth mixture and all of the seasonings into the dutch oven with the chicken mixture. Bring the soup to a boil.
- Meanwhile, add the lasagna noodles (broken into pieces) into the boiling water and cook until al dente (about 7 minutes, or according to package directions).
- Once the noodles are cooked, drain noodles, toss with a little bit of olive oil (1-2 tsp) to keep them from sticking together, and set aside.
- Once the soup mixture has reached a boil, add in the shredded mozzarella and parmesan and stir until thoroughly melted.
- Add the spinach to the soup mixture and turn off the heat. Stir in the spinach until it has wilted.
- Add the cooked noodles into the soup.
- Prepare cheese garnish (optional) for the soup.
- Divide the soup among bowls, and top soup with the cheese garnish. Enjoy!
Notes for Kids in the Kitchen:
If kids are old enough and have experienced knife skills, they can assist by preparing the chicken, onions, garlic and carrots.
Younger kids can assist by blending the beans and chicken stock together, as well as measuring the spinach and stirring together the cheese garnish.
What are your favourite comfort foods on a cold day? Are chicken soups for the soul part of your routine? Do you have a favourite gourmet soup? I can't wait to hear how this easy chicken soup recipe turns out for your family!