All of this snow in Utah this past week has put me in a soup mood. The cold snowy weather just makes me want to stay inside and enjoy a hot bowl of soup. And this bowl of soup is amazing!
This soup incorporates all the elements of a white chicken lasagna. That creamy sauce turns into a rich creamy soup base. Then you have tender chunks of chicken accompanied by carrots, green peppers, spinach, and lasagna noodles. A welcomed addition to this soup is some white cannellini beans. They add to the creaminess and add a little more heartines to the soups.
Do not let the long list of ingredients scare you. Most don’t require much more effort than measure and add to the soup. The other bonus is this is made all in one pot!
Now, I used fully cooked rotisserie chicken to make this easy to make but you can always cook some chicken in the pot before adding in the other ingredients. I included instructions for that in the notes.
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 1 diced onion
- 2 sliced carrots
- 1 chopped green peppers
- 4-6 cloves minced garlic
- ⅓ cup flour
- 9 cups chicken broth
- 3 Tbsp cornstarch
- 3 cups diced cooked chicken
- 1 (16 oz) can white cannellini beans, drained
- 1 Tbsp chicken bouillon (or 3 cubes)
- 1 tsp parsley
- 1 tsp basil
- ½ tsp oregano
- ½ tsp thyme
- ½ tsp salt
- pepper to taste
- 2 bay leaves
- 10 lasagna noodles, broken into pieces
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 2-3 cups half and half
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 (10 oz) bag fresh spinach
- In a stock pot, add the oil and butter. Add in the onion, carrots, and green pepper. Saute for 3 minutes. Add in the garlic and cook until fragrant. Sprinkle flour over the vegetables and cook for 3 minutes.
- Slowly add in 8 cups of the broth. With the remaining 1 cup, whisk in the cornstarch until smooth and then add to the pot.
- Add in the chicken, beans, seasonings, and noodles. Stir until combined. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer and coo for about 20 minutes or until noodles are tender.
- Remove the bay leaves and add in the cream, 2 cups of half and half, cheese, and spinach. Cook until spinach wilts. Add in the remaining cup of half and half as needed to adjust the thickness of the soup if needed. Serves 8-12.
Recipe adapted from Carlsbad Cravings.