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Chicken carbonara soup

Chicken carbonara soup


This creamy chicken soup is inspired by the flavours of a classic carbonara. If you don't have broken spaghetti, use any odds and ends of pasta you have to hand

  • Feeds 4 Feeds 4
  • Ready in 1 hour

Each serving contains

  • Energy
    2000kj 481kcal
  • Fat
    High 53%
  • Saturates
    High 79%
  • Sugar
    Low 4%
  • Salt
    High 26%

% of adult’s reference intake | Carbohydrates per serving : 18g


  • 2 tbsp Co-op olive oil
  • 3 Co-op British chicken thighs, skin removed
  • 100g Co-op diced pancetta
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1.2 litres chicken stock, made with 1 stock cube
  • 50g Co-op Parmesan wedge, finely grated, plus extra to serve, and the rind (optional, see tip)
  • 70g Co-op spaghetti, broken into small pieces
  • 100ml Co-op double cream
  • 4 tbsp flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • Crusty bread, to serve


  1. In a large saucepan, heat the oil over a medium heat and fry the chicken thighs for 5 mins, turning occasionally, until golden
  2. Remove from the pan and set aside
  3. In the same pan, fry the pancetta for 3 mins, until just starting to colour
  4. Add the onions and garlic and fry for a further 3-4 mins, until the onions are soft but not coloured
  5. Return the chicken to the pan along with the stock and parmesan rind, if using
  6. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 30 mins
  7. Remove the chicken thighs with tongs and cover with tin foil
  8. Add the broken spaghetti to the pan and cook for 10 mins
  9. Meanwhile, shred the meat from the chicken thighs and discard the bones
  10. A couple of minutes before the spaghetti is cooked, return the chicken to the pan and heat through thoroughly for a further 2 mins
  11. Turn off the heat and stir in the cream, grated parmesan and parsley
  12. Remove the parmesan rind and divide the soup between four bowls
  13. Serve with extra parmesan, a generous grind of black pepper and crusty bread, if you like


When you come to the end of your Parmesan wedge, don’t throw the rind away! Keep it in the freezer and add to soup, stews or sauces

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