Country Chicken Minestrone

Country Chicken Minestrone

A garden variety of vegetables, macaroni and beans create a hearty old world chicken soup.

20 min.prep time 1:20total time
6 servings
151 Rating



6 cups water
2 ribs (1 cup) celery, sliced 1/4-inch
2 medium (1 cup) carrots, sliced 1/4-inch
1 medium onion, cut into eighths
1 (3 to 4-pound) frying chicken, cut-up
1 tablespoon dried basil leaves
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 bay leaf


3 1/2 ounces (1 cup) uncooked dried elbow macaroni
1 medium (1 cup) zucchini, sliced 1/4-inch
1 (15 1/2-ounce) can red kidney beans, rinsed, drained
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


Combine all stock ingredients in 4-quart saucepan. Cover; cook over medium heat until chicken is fork tender (45 to 60 minutes). Remove chicken; set aside. Skim off fat; continue cooking until stock comes to a full boil (8 to 10 minutes).

Meanwhile, remove chicken from bone. Add chicken, uncooked macaroni and all remaining vegetables ingredients to broth. Cook over medium-high heat until macaroni is tender (7 to 10 minutes). Remove bay leaf.

Recipe Tip

Prepare stock the day before so chicken is cool enough to easily remove from bone.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 270

Fat: 5g

Cholesterol: 55mg

Sodium: 620mg

Carbohydrates: 30g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 25g

Recipe #4150©2001Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

This is a great recipe to serve when the weather starts getting cool! In fact one of my children remarked it won't be to long before time for you to make minestrone! The only substitution I make is I do not add salt, its on the table for anyone that needs it. You will be happy to try this recipe.I serve it with hot loaf bread and fresh fruit. mmm really good

Comment On This Recipe

Please correct the item(s) in red below:
5 Please select a rating

Email address will not be published

Please note, all submissions are screened for content deemed appropriate by Land O'Lakes. Comments are published within 3 business days.
Thank you, your comment has been submitted for approval


Your friend thought you might be interested in Country Chicken Minestrone

Latest Blog

Even the Pickiest Eaters Will Love These Chicken Enchiladas
January 13, 2015 by Mallory

We’re entering a new phase in our life as new parents – the dinnertime meltdown stage (or the “witching hour” as I like to call it). We rush home from daycare, singing “Wheels on the Bus” as many times as it takes to keep him entertained on the 10-minute car ride. It’s the same song and dance when we get home, while his daddy finishes up work and I’m hectically trying to empty the dishwasher, make dinner and keep our little guy from hiding the dog food between the couch cushions. More ...

The Simple Rewards® Club is your personal online resource for exclusive offers and information. It’s also our way of saying “thank you” for trusting Land O’Lakes and inviting us into your home. Membership is free, so sign up today.

FREE Sign Up Includes:
  • Our Measuring Cup® Newsletter Preview »
  • Money-Saving and Exclusive Offers
  • Online Recipe Box

Already a Member? Sign In.


YES. Send me the Measuring Cup® Newsletter.
Cancel and Go Back

Forgot Your Password?

Please correct the items(s) in red below

    We'll email instructions to the address you used to register.

    Reset My Password Cancel and Go Back

    Confirmation Email Sent

    We've sent a confirmation email to the address associated with your account. Check your email and follow the link within 3 hours in order to complete the password reset process.


    Welcome Back!

    If you are already a member, please sign in.

    Not a Simple Rewards Member? Join Now. Forgot Your Password?

    Check Your Email

    Look for an email soon with instructions to reset your password.

    If you did not receive the email, please check your email junk folder (just in case) or contact us.

    Hi, I'm Becky. I'm eager to share my best ideas and favorite recipes from my 20+ years in the Land O'Lakes Test Kitchen. I'm also excited to help with any questions you have about cooking and baking with Land O Lakes® products. Some of the questions and answers will be published in our newsletter, The Measuring Cup®. Please use the short form below to ask your questions, or share your tip or memory.

    Please correct the item(s) in red below

    *These fields are required


    Your question has been submitted.

    Close Window