Leftover Roast Chicken Soup

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes


Chicken Stock

  • 1 chicken carcass
  • 1 onion cut into quarters
  • 2 carrots cut into quarters
  • 2 celery stalks cut into quarters
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 8-10 cups water

Soup Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 2 stalks of celery diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/3 lb ditalini cooked
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  1. In a large stockpot, add the chicken carcass, chopped onion, carrot and celery, bay leaves, peppercorns and salt. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Stir, then lower to a simmer and let cook for 2 hours, at least.

  2. Using a strainer to catch the bones and vegetables, pour the stock into a big bowl. Set aside. Remove the carcass to a plate to let cool. Rinse the stockpot and return to the stove.

  3. Over medium heat, add the olive oil to the pot. Once warm, add in the minced garlic and red pepper flakes. Stir for 1 minute, then add in the diced onion, carrot and celery. Stir and let cook for 10 minutes, stirring often until vegetables are softened.

  4. Pour in the strained chicken stock from bowl and add the bay leaf, black pepper, salt, thyme, parsley and rosemary. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

  5. While the soup is cooking, cook your ditalini according to the package directions and pick any chicken meat from the carcass. Toss the bones and other vegetables and set the meat aside.

  6. Once the soup is simmered, remove the bay leaf. Use an immersion blender or high-speed blender to puree the soup to your desired consistency.

  7. Add soup back to the pot and add the chicken and cooked ditalini. Stir well and let cook for another 10 minutes. Taste and season as needed. Finish the soup with the lemon juice, cook another 2 minutes, then serve!