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Creamy Tuscan Chicken Soup | RecipeTin Eats

My current favourite chicken soup! Creamy broth, juicy little bits of chicken, pasta shells and swirls of spinach with a sprinkle of sun dried tomato I use in place of croutons. Think – under the Tuscan Sun. Except – sweater weather food!

Pot of freshly made Creamy Tuscan Chicken Soup

Creamy Tuscan Chicken Soup

Let me just say upfront – I call this Tuscan but there’s nothing authentically Tuscan about it (as far as I know). To me, it has Tuscan vibes, so I gave it a cute name with the hopes to pique your interest in case my photos and writing isn’t do the job well enough to convince you that you really need to try this creamy chicken soup!!!

In all honesty, I was gazing longingly at my Chicken Tuscan Pasta Bake from my cookbook, trying to muster up the energy to make it. Because that big bubbling pasta bake does require a semi-modest commitment of time to make. Worth it, but sadly, time is not always on my side.

This Tuscan Soup was born from similar ingredients. A faster, soup version of the pasta bake. I hope you fall in love with this soup as much as I have!

Eating Creamy Tuscan Chicken Soup

Ingredients in Creamy Tuscan Chicken Soup

Those of you who have made the Chicken Tuscan Pasta Bake will recognise most of these ingredients. All the star players are present – sun dried tomato, spinach, chicken, pasta, cream, cheese!

Things in the soup

Here are the things that go in the soup broth.

Ingredients in Creamy Tuscan Chicken Soup
  • Chicken – I prefer thigh because it’s juicier, has better flavour and is thin enough to cook whole, so no raw meat chopping called for. But breast can be used too. If using chicken breast, slice horizontally into thin steaks to sear. The thick whole breasts are too thick.

  • Pasta – I use small shells. Any small pasta is fine here. Think – ditalini, small macaroni, risoni/orzo (you’ve got half the packet left from last week’s salad, right!?). Anything small enough to be easy to scoop up with a spoon that cooks in around 10 minutes. Broken spaghetti or other long pasta will also work – trim for around 4cm / 1.5″.

  • Sun dried tomato – This is the garnish for this soup! Instead of using croutons, nuts etc. 🙂 Little chewy pops of concentrated savoury tomato flavour with swirls of the red oil from the sun dried tomato jar.

  • Garlic and onion – Flavour base!

  • Celery – Vegetable of choice here. I like it because the colour sort of blends into the soup, plus it’s a classic soup flavour base. Any other cookable vegetable can be substituted. Think: diced zucchini, corn, carrots.

  • Butter – The cooking fat of choice, because it’s got more flavour than oil.

Creamy chicken soup broth

A splash of white wine, good handful of parmesan and finishing with cream gives the Tuscan soup broth great flavour!

Ingredients in Creamy Tuscan Chicken Soup
  • Cornflour/cornstarch – This is what is used to thicken the soup. I opted to use this over flour for calorie control reasons. Using flour, I would’ve needed an extra 30g/2 tbsp of butter to stir the flour into at the beginning to make a roux. With cornflour, you just mix with a bit of water then stir it into the soup right at the end. Also, cornflour makes the soup nice and shiny, which I like in this soup (flour makes broths dull).

  • Wine – Just 1/2 a cup, adds extra depth of flavour so you there’s enough flavour using 50/50 chicken stock/water (money saving tip 🙂 ). It’s like free stock! Doesn’t make the broth taste winey, because we cook out the alcohol, just leaving behind lovely savoury flavour.

    Can’t consume alcohol? Switch half the water for more chicken stock/broth.

  • Cream – Gives the soup a lovely creamy mouthfeel finish as well as making the soup white. You can opt to use milk instead, but reduce water by 1/2 cup and use 1 1/2 cups milk (else soup colour not as white). To get a nice finish, I’d add a knob of butter!

  • Parmesan – Another flavour boost. Normally I recommend shredding your own but I used store-bought pre-shredded for convenience here. The sandy-type, from the fridge (not aisle please! If it ain’t in the fridge, it ain’t real cheese! 🙂 )

How to make Creamy Tuscan Chicken Soup

Searing our own chicken makes this soup tater than just adding pre-cooked chicken into the soup broth. Because colour on the chicken = free flavour, and the soup broth gets extra (free!) flavour from the golden bits left in the pot from searing the chicken.

How to make Creamy Tuscan Chicken Soup
  1. Sear the chicken in the butter, just to get some colour on the surface. It doesn’t matter if it’s not cooked all the way through because after we chop it, it gets added back into the soup. As noted above, cooking our own chicken gets us on the path to a more delicious soup!

  2. Chop the chicken once it’s cool enough to handle. I do this while the pasta is cooking. Don’t worry about raw bits, they will cook through quickly once added back into the hot soup broth.

  3. Sauté the onion, garlic and celery in the same pot using the residual butter.

  4. Broth & pasta – Deglaze the pot by simmering the white wine rapidly until reduced by half. Deglazing just means to dissolve the chicken-searing golden bits on the base of the pot into the liquid for extra flavour in the soup broth.

    Pasta – Once the broth up to the boil, add the pasta and cook it for the time per the packet directions (10 minutes for the small shells I used).

    Chopped chicken – Once the pasta is in, I chop the chicken then just add it into the broth about halfway through the pasta cooking time.

How to make Creamy Tuscan Chicken Soup
  1. Thicken soup – Mix together the cornflour/cornstarch with a smidge of water then stir it into the soup broth. We only use a bit of cornflour because the soup gets thickening help from the gluten in the pasta and the cream.

  2. Soup finishes – Then stir in the parmesan, follow by the cream and spinach. Once the spinach has wilted, which should only take a minute or so, the cornflour will have thickened the soup. And that’s it – ready to serve!

  3. Sun dried tomatoes – Chop sun dried tomatoes into scattering-size-pieces.

  4. Ladle the soup into bowls. Sprinkle with sun dried tomato and a little drizzle of the oil from the sun dried tomato jars (love how the red looks against the white soup). A sprinkle of extra parmesan wouldn’t hurt either. Then dig in!

Ladling Creamy Tuscan Chicken Soup
Bowls of Creamy Tuscan Chicken Soup

Pasta soup storage matters!

Pasta loves to absorb liquid. So if you leave the past overnight in the broth, it will bloat and become overly soft.

So to store leftovers, it’s best to separate the broth from the pasta. Just use a slotted spoon to scoop out the pasta bits then store the pasta and broth in separate containers in the fridge. They will keep for 3 to 4 days.

Making ahead intentionally

This is a great soup to prepare ahead to reheat later! Just cook the pasta, drain, thicken the soup , then store the chicken with pasta and soup broth separately. They can be refrigerated for 4 days or frozen for 3 months. Reheat the soup broth first, then add the pasta and chicken to reheat. I’ve popped these directions in the recipe card too.

Hope you enjoy! – Nagi x

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Pot of freshly made Creamy Tuscan Chicken Soup

Creamy Tuscan Chicken Soup


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Recipe video above. My (current) favourite chicken soup – utterly divine! Creamy broth, juicy little bits of chicken, pasta (I used small shells), swirls of spinach and a sprinkling of sun dried tomato which I use instead of the usual croutons. Easy, one pot, quick to make, and great for making ahead.I call it “Tuscan” because to me it has Tuscan vibes, so christened it as such with a cute name. But no, it’s not authentic – and that’s ok! It’s still delicious. 🙂


Soup thickener (cornflour slurry):


  • Cook outside of chicken – Sprinkle each side with the salt and pepper. Melt butter in a large pot over medium high heat. Once foamy, place the chicken in and cook the first side for 3 minutes or until light golden, then the other side for 2 minutes – it’s fine if the inside is still raw, it cooks more later. Remove onto a plate.

  • Soup flavour base – Turn the stove down to medium love. Add garlic, onion and celery into the same pot then cook for 3 minutes or until the onion is softened.

  • Deglaze – Turn up to high, add wine, stir, then let it simmer until the wine reduces by half.

  • Broth & pasta – Add stock/broth, water, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil then add the pasta. Cook for the time per the pasta packet directions (~10 minutes), then reduce heat to low.

  • Add chicken partway – While the pasta is cooking, chop the chicken into 1.5cm / 1/2″ pieces then add into the pot to finish cooking.

  • Finish soup – Stir in parmesan until melted. Stir in the cornflour slurry, cream and spinach. Stir for a minute until spinach is wilted and soup thickens slightly.

  • Serve – Ladle into bowls. Sprinkle with sun dried tomato strips (and a bit of oil looks nice for finishing). Eat!

  • Storing – Separate pasta from soup so it doesn’t bloat, refrigerate both. Just scoop out with slotted spoon. (Note 6)

Recipe Notes:

1. Chicken – If using breast, split each in half horizontally to form 2 thin steaks. Then cook per recipe.
2. Wine – Adds extra depth of flavour so you there’s enough flavour using 50/50 chicken stock/water (money saving tip 🙂 ). It’s like free stock!
3. Parmesan – Store bought sandy-type parmesan melts fine in this soup. But – fridge. Not from the aisle (that ain’t cheese!)
4. Cream gives the soup a lovely creamy mouthfeel finish as well as making the soup white. If using milk instead, reduce water by 1/2 cup and use 1 1/2 cups full-fat milk (else soup colour not as white). This will shave 140 calories off each serving. Though I’d add a knob of butter!
5. Sun dried tomato is the sprinkle for this soup that keeps things interesting! All my recipes I call “Tuscan this-and-that” has it in it. 🙂 Nice change from the usual croutons and nuts, and adds a little punch of flavour, plus the red oil looks good!
6. Storing – Pasta left in broth will bloat and soften overnight. For leftovers, just scoop out all the pasta etc using a slotted spoon and store separately from the broth, in the fridge. If making ahead intentionally, for best results: do to the end of step 5, drain soup in colander, return broth into pot. Thicken soup with parmesan and cornflour slurry, add spinach. Cool. Let pasta, chicken etc in colander cool. Store both separately. Can even freeze!
Nutrition per serving. Shave 140 calories off by switching cream for milk, per note 4.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 688cal (34%)Carbohydrates: 54g (18%)Protein: 39g (78%)Fat: 34g (52%)Saturated Fat: 19g (119%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 179mg (60%)Sodium: 1253mg (54%)Potassium: 1145mg (33%)Fiber: 4g (17%)Sugar: 9g (10%)Vitamin A: 2342IU (47%)Vitamin C: 10mg (12%)Calcium: 282mg (28%)Iron: 4mg (22%)

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