Chicken Soup with carrots, celery, and acini de pepe in white bowls
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5 from 2 votes

Chicken and Pasta Balls

A kid-friendly meal of pasta balls with chicken, carrots, and celery in chicken broth.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Course: Lunch, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 Cups
Calories: 316kcal
Author: Beth Mueller



  • 32 ounces chicken broth
  • ½ large onion diced small
  • 2 extra large bouillon cubes
  • 2 bone-in chicken breasts
  • 3 large carrots sliced
  • 4 celery stalks sliced
  • 1 pound acini de pepe pasta


  • Add chicken broth, onion, and bouillon to a large saucepot.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Add chicken breast, reduce to simmer.
  • Cook until chicken is cooked through, 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Remove chicken from broth and set aside to cool.
  • Add 12 cups of water to broth and bring to boil
  • Add carrots, celery, and pasta.
  • Boil for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Reduce heat to medium and continue to cook until pasta is fully cooked. Stir frequently to keep pasta from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  • The broth will soak into the pasta.
  • Add more water if a soupier soup is desired.
  • Pasta will continue to swell as it cools.


Bouillon cubes can be omitted for lower sodium requirements.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 22.9g | Protein: 45.2g | Fat: 2.9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 413mg | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 2.1g