Chicken Parmesan Soup (In 20 Minutes!)

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Twenty minutes TOTAL for this delicious, healthy, and easy chicken parmesan soup to be on your table! This is a soup the entire family will go nuts over! via chelseasmessyapron.com

This quick and easy Chicken Parmesan Soup can be on the table in about 20 minutes! It’s packed with flavor, good-for-you ingredients, and all the best flavors from chicken Parm!

Check out our other 20-minute soup recipes next: Easy Zuppa Toscana or this Chicken Tortilla Soup.

 

Overhead view of a bowl of Chicken Parmesan Soup, surrounded by buttered garlic bread, basil leaves and a few shreds of Parmesan cheese.

Chicken Parmesan Soup

My toddler never touched our Christmas tree. And to be honest I never understood when people would talk about their Christmas tree being ruined by a baby because my baby never got within two feet of it.

Flash forward to my second little boy and on the first day it was decorated, I fully commiserated with those whose babies destroyed their trees. The entire bottom two feet of the tree is bare, three new ornaments were shattered, at least six ornaments have been pulled apart, the cute fabric “Santa ornaments” now have stains from being kissed with a not-quite-clean mouth, and the berry sprigs do not look anything like sprigs anymore. I couldn’t keep him away from it!

There is always so much to do around the holidays (including redecorating the tree multiple times) which makes for busy and fun-filled days–and great memories to share years from now. These are also the days when I don’t have all that much time to cook… which is where this easy twenty-minute soup comes in. And I’m not even kidding — 20 minutes is all it takes to make this delicious Chicken Parmesan Soup!

Collage showing the steps to preparing Chicken Parmesan Soup.

Time-Saving Tips

To truly have a 20-minute soup, we rely on a few short-cuts, and here’s the breakdown:

  • Rotisserie chicken. For the fastest possible prep time, I recommend getting rotisserie chicken meat that has already been pulled from the bones and shredded. Or if you’re a seasoned meal prepper, shred an extra chicken ahead of time, so when it comes to making this soup, you already have shredded meat ready in the fridge or freezer.
  • Buy pre-chopped produce. In order to have such a quick prep time, we rely on produce short-cuts. Get pre-diced onion from the produce section of your store or frozen diced onions. Next, we’ll use jarred minced garlic. With these shortcuts, there is no chopping required!
  • Two pots. To make sure we aren’t waiting for a soup to boil and then to cook the pasta in it, we use 2 pots. One will prepare the soup base while the other will cook the pasta. Slightly more clean up, but a quicker start to finish time.

Collage showing the final steps to prepare Chicken Parmesan Soup.

Chicken Parmesan Soup Tips

  • Don’t use all the pasta. It’s easy to go on autopilot and prepare an entire box of pasta. However, this recipe calls for only 2 cups, so make sure to measure that out before boiling the pasta.
  • Salt the pasta water. Make sure the pasta is well-salted as it cooks since this is the only chance you have to season the actual pasta. The soup can taste very underwhelming without seasoned pasta. Read about how to properly salt your pasta water here. As a general rule of thumb, I add 1 teaspoon salt to 4 cups of water.
  • Good-quality chicken stock makes a big difference. I’m a huge fan of Swanson’s® chicken stock in this Chicken Parmesan Soup (not sponsored). It has a rich flavor foundation that really enhances this soup without any extra work on your part. I’ve tried other stocks/broths and been a bit unimpressed by the end result.
  • Use good-quality canned tomatoes. For the tomato paste and sauce, I recommend the best-quality tomatoes you can find, since these really form the flavor base of the soup. I recommend Italian-style tomatoes which are typically canned Roma tomatoes with herbs added in. This variety of tomato adds flavor without requiring too many additional seasonings. 
  • Dice the onion very finely. The finer the dice, the better the onion integrates into the soup. Since we aren’t spending a whole lot of time sautéing the onion, we want small pieces so there aren’t large chunks of crunchy onion throughout the soup. If you’re buying pre-chopped onions, take a look at the size of the pieces and if necessary, give them a quick extra chop.

QUICK TIP

If you aren’t a huge fan of canned tomato chunks, try crushed tomatoes instead of diced. (Or use 1 can diced and 1 can crushed tomatoes.)

Variation Ideas

  • For a smokier flavor use fire-roasted tomatoes. Additionally, use smoked paprika instead of regular.
  • Add some heat by sprinkling in some crushed red pepper flakes to the soup or to individual bowls.

Overhead view of a pot of Chicken Parmesan Soup.

Chicken Parmesan Soup Toppings

The toppings for this Chicken Parmesan Soup make the soup, so don’t forget them!  

  • Parmesan cheese. Using a microplane (like this one), you’ll get finely shredded Parmesan cheese that melts and integrates beautifully into the soup.
  • Fresh basil. Basil adds life and flavor to the soup. Fresh basil is easy to find in the produce section of grocery stores and IMO is essential.
  • Mozzarella. While we typically stick to Parmesan cheese, if you want more of a true chicken Parm flavor, add in some freshly grated mozzarella.
  • Cracked pepper. A sprinkle of pepper and/or some red pepper flakes add some nice heat. If that’s not your thing, feel free to skip the pepper.
  • Garlic bread. A must-have soup dipper!

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20-Minute Chicken Parmesan Soup

4.89 from 9 votes
This quick and easy Chicken Parmesan Soup can be on the table in about 20 minutes! It's packed with flavor, good-for-you ingredients, and all the best flavors from chicken Parm!
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20-Minute Chicken Parmesan Soup

4.89 from 9 votes
This quick and easy Chicken Parmesan Soup can be on the table in about 20 minutes! It's packed with flavor, good-for-you ingredients, and all the best flavors from chicken Parm!
Course Dinner, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American, Healthy, Italian
Keyword Chicken Parmesan Soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 543kcal
Cost $5.20

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (190g) uncooked rotini pasta
  • 3/4 cup (108g) sweet (or yellow) onion diced (~1/2 of 1 onion)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (~3-4 cloves)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounces EACH) diced tomatoes Italian-style (See Note 1)
  • 3 cups (705g) chicken stock (I recommend Swanson Chicken Stock)
  • 1 teaspoon EACH: dried parsley, dried oregano
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
  • Fine sea salt and pepper
  • 2 cups (230g) shredded or chopped rotisserie chicken (See Note 2)
  • Toppings: red pepper flakes, freshly grated Parmesan cheese and/or mozzarella cheese, 2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, garlic bread

Instructions

  • PASTA: Follow package directions to cook the rotini pasta to al dente. Don't forget to salt the pasta water generously or the soup will taste underseasoned. I add 1 teaspoon salt to every 4 cups of water. Drain pasta, rinse in cold water, and set aside.
  • PREP: Meanwhile, finely dice the onion and mince the garlic. To save time, you can use pre-chopped onion and garlic.
  • ONION AND GARLIC: Place a large pot on the stovetop and turn to medium-high heat. Add in the oil and onion. Sauté for a few minutes until tender. Add in the garlic and stir for about 30 seconds. Add in the tomato paste and sauté for 1-2 minutes.
  • TOMATOES AND SEASONINGS: Add in the undrained diced tomatoes, chicken stock, and seasonings (parsley, Italian seasoning, oregano, paprika, salt, and pepper to taste (I use about 1/2 tsp. pepper and 1/4 tsp. salt). Stir to combine and increase heat to high and bring soup to a simmer.
  • CHICKEN: Stir in the prepared rotisserie chicken and heat through, about 1-2 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings to preference (salt and pepper here again if needed; remember Parmesan cheese will add saltiness). See Note 3.
  • SERVE: Ladle soup into bowls. Serve soup bowls with a generous spoonful of the pasta mixed in. Garnish bowls with lots of cheese, fresh basil, additional pepper or red pepper flakes if desired. Enjoy hot with garlic bread to dip in it!

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Recipe Notes

Note 1: I get Italian-style tomatoes which have seasonings added in. If you aren't a huge fan of chunks of tomatoes use crushed instead of diced tomatoes.
Note 2: Use part of a leftover rotisserie chicken or buy pre-shredded rotisserie chicken (This is what I do for this soup which makes it even quicker.)
Note 3: I like to keep the pasta separate as opposed to mixing it all in the soup in case I have leftovers (the pasta bloats and becomes soft/soggy when stored). If you plan on eating all the soup in one day, mix all the pasta in when you add in the chicken.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 543kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 512mg | Potassium: 431mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 213IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg

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40 Comments

  1. Just made this as directed, except swapped out some dried basil for fresh, because that’s all I had. Delicious, as easy as advertised, and very filling. Thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    Chelsea this was fantastic!! I added zucchini and used gluten free pasta!! Thanks for sharing!! Have a great day….

    1. You can do that and even with raw chicken. Just add about 3/4ths a pound raw chicken with all the other ingredients (minus cheese and pasta) and slow cook on high for 3-5 hours or low for 6-8 hours. Shred the chicken, add in cooked pasta, and garnish with cheeses 🙂 Enjoy!

  3. Ah- you haven’t had a challenge until you have a toddler that chews on glass ornaments as if they were tortilla chips!! Yes, twice I had to retrieve glass shards from the kid’s mouth! The three year old had to show me how the little guy was smacking the tree to get the ornaments to fall. Luckily no cuts?!,
    Oh- and the soup recipe looks like a winner!

  4. This was a big hit from kid to adult at movie night at our place. Loved how easy it was to make and how easy it would be to add to for other tastes.

  5. 5 stars
    I am a few years behind and just found Pinterest. I just stopped working and became a stay at home mom. This is the first thing that I have made and it was so easy. Thank you so much for sharing! I couldn’t find diced tomatoes but used sliced. It was chunky so my husband loved it!!!

    1. Cari, i’m soo glad you enjoyed this! I think sliced tomatoes would definitely be just as good! Hope you’re enjoying the stay at home life!

  6. 4 stars
    I really liked this, but I adjusted a couple things. I pan seared chicken and then cooked the onion and garlic in it, I thought it added some good flavor to the soup. I also added a Parmesan rind and couple table spoons of tomato sauce to make it a little less watery. Some really good flavors!

  7. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe! I have made it a couple of times including yesterday. I add diced carrots and some broccoli, too. Since I cook for an elderly relative who has chewing issues, I put the chicken in the food processor for her. Because a low sodium diet is essential, I use no salt tomatoes…the rotisserie chicken has enough salt, I think . I also use 4 cups of broth instead of 3 as I have to add the pasta before freezing so this helps a little with the broth. Sometimes, i add a little water before reheating. TY for a recipe that my 94 year old aunt an enjoy…as do I!

    1. I’m sooo glad you guys love this dish! And those subs sound awesome! I’m sure your relative greatly appreciates you! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  8. I only have chicken broth, can I substitute that for the stock? Also, I only have regular diced tomatoes, will that make a difference since there are already alot of italianish seasonings in the recipe?

  9. 5 stars
    This was delicious – I added a few more veg, specifically red pepper, zucchini and spinach.. Will definitely be making this again and again.

  10. 5 stars
    Superb! A distinctive hearty soup. I added zucchini, mushrooms and used a home made tomato sauce. Then cooked it all slow & low for 90 minutes overall to get those delicious flavours mixing! Cheers…

  11. 5 stars
    Had some fresh homemade bread and needed something wonderful to accompany it. This soup was that wonderful. Even my picky eaters enjoyed it. Thank you for such an easy and amazing soup that will be added to our regular recipes.

  12. 5 stars
    Superb! Added zucchini and home made tomato sauce, then cooked slow & low for 90 minutes to get all of the flavours! Delicious, cheers!

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