Photo Credit: Elizabeth Newman
This simple and healthy soup utilizes a store-bought rotisserie chicken, making it a breeze to whip up on a weeknight.
Lemon Chicken Soup with Spaghetti
- 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice about 2 lemons
- 1 dried bay leaf
- 1 2-inch piece Parmesan cheese rind, optional
- 2 medium carrots peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch pieces
- 1 cup about 2 1/2 ounces spaghetti, broken into 2-inch pieces, *see Cook's Note
- 2 cups diced cooked rotisserie chicken preferably breast meat
- 1 cup grated Romano cheese
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- Kosher salt
- In a large stockpot, bring the chicken broth, lemon juice, bay leaf, and Parmesan rind, if using, to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Add the carrots and simmer until tender, about 5 to 8 minutes.
- Add the broken pasta and cook until the pasta is tender, for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the chicken and heat through, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the bay leaf and the Parmesan rind and discard. Stir in 1/2 of the cheese and the parsley. Season with salt, to taste. Ladle the soup into serving bowls and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.