This Elbow Macaroni Chicken Noodle Soup is a delicious crock pot meal, comforting and delicious made with whole wheat pasta!

Perfect for a Sunday dinner, enjoy this Elbow Macaroni Chicken Noodle Soup, served with hot crunchy bread. Make a green salad, and invite your neighbors over!!

Elbow Macaroni Chicken Noodle Soup

We’re big Garrison Keillor fans. My husband and I have seen him several times, once in Portland for my 50th birthday. It was dreamy the way he weaved his way through the audience, leading us in his usual songs (folksy American favorites, love songs, and a few hymns).

I’m not sure if you’re heard the radio program “Prairie Home Companion,” or even know who Garrison is, but he’s a legend, and he’s recently retired. That made us sad this week as we listened to his very last … podcast. We wish we could have been there live!

My kids have funny stories to tell about Garrison being a part of their lives, as on trips, when instead of head phones in, or iPhones or iPads, we’d make our kids listen to Prairie Home Companion on the radio. Only now do they really appreciate the heritage or the memories, and realize what a storyteller he was. They actually laugh now, where before they’d say … Dad, no, not again! We’re glad we persevered. It will be a part of their heritage, with stories that they’ll never forget.

Elbow Macaroni Chicken Noodle Soup

Last week, after putting some of the finishing touches on our kitchen (we’re still waiting for countertops and lighting for the big reveal), I wanted to do a quick sweep through the fridge and make a slow cooker Chicken Noodle Soup.

Elbow Macaroni Chicken Noodle Soup

Elbow Macaroni Chicken Noodle Soup

We always keep DeLallo pasta stocked in the pantry, and chicken in the freezer, so quickly I pulled carrots, celery, onion, fennel, and fresh dill from the fridge and started chopping!

The first thing is to add the veggies, chicken breasts, and stock to the crock pot and cook on LO for 3-4 hours.

Elbow Macaroni Chicken Noodle Soup

You know that I’m a big fennel lover. I think it adds so much flavor, but of course this is optional if you cannot find it in the grocery store.

Then you remove the chicken (with slotted spoon), and shred it–keeping the broth in the crock pot.

Add the pasta (do not overcook it). Add back in the chicken, and serve!

Happy Wednesday, Friends!

Elbow Macaroni Chicken Noodle Soup

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Elbow Macaroni Chicken Noodle Soup


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into thirds
  • 2 cups carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 cup  uncooked elbow macaroni pasta, I use DeLallo brand
  • 6 Tbsp. fresh chopped basil


  • In a large crock pot, add chicken breasts, carrots, onion, fennel, celery, garlic, olive oil, thyme and a bay leaf.
  • Pour chicken broth and water over the chicken mixture and season heavily with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cover and cook on low heat 3-4 hours.
  • Remove cooked chicken breasts with a slotted spoon and set aside; shred with a fork.
  • In the hot broth, add the elbow macaroni pasta and basil. Cooke until the noodles are tender, about 8-10 minutes (on low heat).
  • Add the chicken back in; gently mix together. Serve with fresh Parmesan cheese!
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