Zucchini & Chicken Soup with Whole Wheat Macaroni

Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Serves: 8

Get the kids involved in this easy-to-make, light soup – perfect for a quick afternoon lunch. The flavours of freshly minced thyme, rosemary, and parsley are perfectly complemented by the zesty citrus notes. Whole-wheat macaroni takes a bit longer to cook than the traditional kind, so make sure to keep an eye on the pasta for the consistency you prefer.


1 lb (0.5 kg) boneless, skinless chicken thighs
2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
2 cups (500 mL) red onions, chopped
8 cups (2 L) low-sodium chicken broth
3 cups (750 mL) zucchini, grated
1 cup (250 mL) whole wheat macaroni
3 tbsp (45 mL) lemon juice
2 tsp (10 mL) lemon zest
1 tsp (5 mL) black pepper
1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) sea salt
2 tbsp (30 mL) thyme, fresh, minced
1 tbsp (15 mL) rosemary, fresh, minced
1/4 cup (60 mL) parsley, fresh, minced
1/4 cup (60 mL) light sour cream
1 tbsp (15 mL) 2% milk
8 sprigs thyme, fresh


1 Heat olive oil in large soup pot over medium high heat. Sauté diced onions in oil until soft. Add stock and bring to a boil.
2 Stir grated zucchini into the boiling stock along with the chicken thighs and pasta. Turn down heat and simmer 15 minutes until pasta is tender and the chicken is cooked through.
3 Remove chicken from pot and cool. Cut into bite-size pieces. Add back to soup.
4 Season soup with fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, freshly ground black pepper, sea salt, thyme, rosemary and parsley. The amount of salt you need will depend on the saltiness of your broth. Homemade is usually less salty than purchased.
5 Mix sour cream with milk in a squeeze bottle or a plastic resealable bag. If using a bag, cut off the corner. To serve ladle into bowls and decorate with a swirl of sour cream. Create a decorative pattern such as a spiral. Top with a small sprig of thyme (optional garnish).