Nonna’s Italian Style Chicken Noodle Soup

A quick and easy soup, you’ll be surprised by the rich flavor in such a simple chicken soup recipe. Nonna’s Italian Style Chicken Noodle Soup tastes like Grandma slaved away at the stove all day stirring the love into every last drop.

I am assuming by now we’ve all seen the Campbell’s Soup commercial for their classic Chicken Noodle Soup. It’s good. And growing up it was a staple for many of us.

But for my Italian husband it was different. Similar, but different.

He grew up living far away from his Italian immigrant grandparents, but always looked forward to visiting them around the holidays, or any other time his young parents could afford to make the trip back home.

Every time he’d come home to visit- because the Monongahela Valley outside of Pittsburgh has always been home for his family- he knew a pot of his Nonna’s Italian Style Chicken Noodle Soup would be waiting for him on the stove.

He’d sit down to a warm bowl of his favorite soup, Nonna’s Italian Style Chicken Noodle Soup and slip the secret five dollars into his pocket his Nonna had slipped into his hand as soon as his parents had gone to unpack.

Ahh, memories. 

Nothing changed in the entirety of his childhood– every visit, same comforting soup, same loving grandma.

When he took me ‘home’ for the first time, the smell greeted us before we even got to the door.  After hugs  and introductions all around, bowls of this liquid love were enjoyed by all.

We love it so much, we can’t wait to enjoy it a few times a year. We’ve learned to make it ourselves, and share the memories and the love with our boys. 

Despite it’s irresistible-ness, I get my fill after one (okay two) bowls. Then I’m good for another month or so.

My husband? He would happily brush his teeth with the stuff. The kids too, and usually they regard soup as something too ‘unmanly’ to go gaa-gaa for.

When they start arguing over who deserves seconds and lobbying with us– then I know it’s a winner. I can’t wait to share this family recipe with you. 

A rich broth is filled with tiny bits of acini di pepe pasta, chunks of juicy chicken, and sauteed veggies before being served topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.

When it turns cold outside, when you’re feeling under the weather, or when you just get a hankering for a bowl full of ‘home’, make a batch of Nonna’s Italian Style Chicken Noodle Soup. It’s the answer to whatever ails you, in liquid form.

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Nonna's Italian Style Chicken Noodle Soup

A different take on the classic chicken noodle soup, Nonna's Italian version is the perfect version for any occasion.
4.75 from 8 votes
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Course: Dinner, Lunch, Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 410kcal


  • 12 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup of thinly sliced celery
  • 2-3 cups of thinly sliced carrots
  • 1/2 of a large white onion roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup of chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 cups chopped rotisserie chicken
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese plus extra for garnishing
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lb acini di pepe


  • To a large dutch oven, or other soup pot, add the broth, olive oil, celery, carrots, onion, and parsley. Over high heat, bring the soup to a rolling boil. Reduce the heat to medium and continue boiling for 15-20 minutes, or until the carrots are tender.
  • While the soup cooks, prepare the pasta according to the package directions JUST until al dente. Immediately strain and run around cold water, stirring until all the pasta is cool to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
  • Reduce the heat again, this time to medium low, and stir in the chicken, Parmesan, and salt and pepper. Let the soup cook an additional 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • To serve, ladle the soup into bowls. Stir in the desired amount of pasta into each bowl. Garnish shreds of freshly grated Parmesan and chopped parsley, if desired.


Calories: 410kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 1711mg | Potassium: 620mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 5752IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 189mg | Iron: 3mg


32 thoughts on “Nonna’s Italian Style Chicken Noodle Soup

    1. June it’s tony little balls of pasta. They cook up into slightly larger beads. You could use any pasta and it would taste yummy. Ancini is just what our Italian family uses and it does pair well texture wise.

  1. Tried this and was really impressed — yum!! I’m wondering how this recipe could be modified to use a whole raw chicken instead? I just prefer cooking the chicken from scratch for maximum flavour.

    1. Sydney, of course! That’s an easy fix. We have a recipe on our site for cheapskate chicken, just swap the breasts for a whole bird. When a meat thermometer reads that it’s done, remove and pull the meat off the bones. Then proceed with the rest of the soup recipe, as written.

    1. Claudia, I actually don’t use broth. The broth/soupiness you see is created as the recipe cooks from water cooking the pasta and broccoli with the seasonings and creaminess from the cheeses.

  2. I’m going to try this soon. I live 5 miles from Monongahela. Little town called Elrama.
    Go to Foodland all the time. Very small world.

    1. I’m not familiar with Foodland. When we visit we got to Penn Mac on the strip and we’ll usually stop into the Giant Eagle for a few other things we can’t get anywhere else. You’re the 3rd person to tell me they live so close- I think it’s awesome!! So glad you found our site and my husband’s Nonna’s recipe 🙂

  3. So funny! I am of Mexican decente. I just made this soup. I’ve made it for years, except, I’ve never used acini de Pepe.
    I have always finished my soup with Mexican rice. I am dieing to try these noodles that have been in my pantry and didn’t know what to do with. I know it will be a hit. Thank you.

    1. Yes, it freezes really well as long as you freeze before adding the pasta. Make that fresh when you’re ready to enjoy the soup.

  4. 5 stars
    My Italian grandma made this all the time while I was growing up. She’s from a small town in Western Pennsylvania. I made this recipe for my own kids while they were young. It’s delicious!

  5. After making this two times, it has become my go-to soup for when the sniffles strike our house! My family loves it. The whole house smells amazing.

  6. Try adding half to one tin unflavoured chopped tomatoes, it gives it quite a nice flavor especially with pasta. For pasta try using Risoni, it’s subtle

    Rather than rotisserie chicken start your recipe with 6 chicken drumsticks (raw), washed, and place in cold water. Boil for half an hour before skimming off fat. Then add all for other ingredients, incl salt, and cook on med another half hour or so.

    To serve I usually mix salad spinach leaves through

    I always use deli bought Parmesan

    It’s a great soup to keep in freezer

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