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Copycat Progresso Chickarina Soup

January 8, 2018 (Last Updated: March 20, 2021)

Copycat Progresso Chickarina Soup is my ode to a childhood favorite of my son. One of the convenience foods in a can; we sometimes would make when he wasn’t feeling well. The combination of a flavorful broth with tiny chicken meatballs, carrots, celery, and little pearl pasta came together on a cold day to warm his little belly beautifully.

Chickarina Soup has sometimes been confused with Italian Wedding Soup; however, other than a few similar ingredients such as the meatballs and its apples compared to oranges in an Italian-American household. I will say both are equally delicious and perfect for eating on a cold day winter day.

 


Copycat Progresso Chickarina Soup is my ode to a childhood favorite of my son. One of the convenience foods in a can; we sometimes would make when he wasn't feeling well. The combination of a flavorful broth with tiny chicken meatballs, chunks of chicken, carrots, celery, and little pearl pasta that came together on a cold day to warm his little belly in a wonderful way.One of my favorite ingredients in this Copycat Progresso Chickarina Soup is the light, airy meatballs. Looking on the web, many bloggers went through Heaven and Hell to find the right consistency and texture of the meat to make them light, airy, and floatable. I am one of the lucky ones because, over the years, I have made Italian wedding soup for years and knew how to get my meatballs on point without all the unnecessary steps. Thank you, Nonna Josie.

The secret behind the bouncy meatballs isn’t the ingredients; it’s the method you use in cooking them. Most people will treat them as ordinary meatballs; however, the idea is to treat them entirely differently to meet that light, airy, and floaty texture. Instead of frying or baking the chicken meatballs until cooked, you are instead going to drop them in boiling seasoned chicken broth until they are done. The texture is perfect!

 

 

Copycat Progresso Chickarina Soup is my ode to a childhood favorite of my son. One of the convenience foods in a can; we sometimes would make when he wasn't feeling well. The combination of a flavorful broth with tiny chicken meatballs, chunks of chicken, carrots, celery, and little pearl pasta that came together on a cold day to warm his little belly in a wonderful way.I like using a homemade seasoned chicken broth in my Copycat Progresso Chickarina Soup. Still, you can also substitute an organic seasoned low sodium broth in yours and adjust the salt and seasoning if need be. I usually make roasted chicken reasonably often, so I make homemade seasoned broth and freeze it in portioned containers to use in soups or meals requiring chicken broth.

 

 

Copycat Progresso Chickarina Soup is my ode to a childhood favorite of my son. One of the convenience foods in a can; we sometimes would make when he wasn't feeling well. The combination of a flavorful broth with tiny chicken meatballs, chunks of chicken, carrots, celery, and little pearl pasta that came together on a cold day to warm his little belly in a wonderful way.Feel free to use the leftover white chicken meat for those bite-sized chunks of beef in the Copycat Progresso Chickarina Soup to save time; you can also use a roasted chicken from the local market to save time if you don’t have leftover chicken breast meat. Free-range, all-natural, never antibiotics, and steroid-free chicken meat is the best option to buy if you are making it fresh. I know I preach organic and all-natural, Y’All, but it’s just so much better for you and your little ones. 

 

 

 

Copycat Progresso Chickarina Soup is my ode to a childhood favorite of my son. One of the convenience foods in a can; we sometimes would make when he wasn't feeling well. The combination of a flavorful broth with tiny chicken meatballs, chunks of chicken, carrots, celery, and little pearl pasta that came together on a cold day to warm his little belly in a wonderful way.Disclaimer: Hey, Y’all, I am sure you already know this, but this recipe is in no way the real method that Progresso uses. It is just my version and a Copycat recipe for Progresso’s Chickarina Soup. I have not been sponsored or paid by anyone to do this post. I am just sharing one of our favorite homemade versions of this remarkably delicious convenience food.

 

 

 

 

Copycat Progresso Chickarina Soup Ingredients 

  • ground chicken
  • chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • grated pecorino romano cheese
  • crushed Ritz crackers, about 12
  • One head of garlic
  • One large egg white, lightly beaten
  • unsalted butter
  • matchstick carrots
  • 1/2 of a cup diced yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup finely diced celery
  • 8-10 cups chicken broth
  • dried Italian seasoning
  • Kosher salt
  • freshly ground black peppercorns
  • Israeli pearl couscous, cooked
  • chopped fresh parsley
 

 

 

Frequently asked questions

  1. What is Israeli Couscous?  Israeli couscous, aka pearl couscous—is often thought of as a whole grain. However, it’s a type of pasta made from semolina flour and water.
  2. What can I substitute for the Israeli couscousYou can use acini de Pepe, orzo, or ditalini pasta; it will slightly change the recipe and cooking time.
  3. I don’t have yellow onions. What can I use instead? My second choice in a bind would be to use white onion instead.
  4. Can I use ground turkey instead of ground chicken? You can. However, the taste will not be the same as the copycat recipe.
  5. Shouldn’t I precook the meatballs before adding them to the broth? There is no need to precook them; they will cook in the broth perfectly.
  6. What does one head of garlic mean? It is the entire bulb of garlic.
  7. Can I use an off-brand of crackers instead of the Ritz crackers? Sure, use a comparable brand to the Ritz crackers.

 

 

 

 

Copycat Progresso Chickarina Soup is my ode to a childhood favorite of my son. One of the convenience foods in a can; we sometimes would make when he wasn't feeling well. The combination of a flavorful broth with tiny chicken meatballs, chunks of chicken, carrots, celery, and little pearl pasta that came together on a cold day to warm his little belly in a wonderful way.

Copycat Progresso Chickarina Soup

hmccallum
A fantastic combination of a flavorful broth with tiny chicken meatballs, carrots, celery, and little pearl pasta that come together perfectly on a cold day.
5 from 22 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 1 min
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 8 People
Calories 148 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • ¼ cup Italian parsley chopped
  • ¼ cup pecorino Romano cheese grated
  • ½ cup Ritz crackers about 12 crushed
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 large egg white lightly beaten

Soup

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots chopped
  • ½ cup yellow onion diced
  • ¼ cup finely diced celery
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 8-10 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
  • Kosher salt to own taste
  • freshly ground black peppercorns to own taste
  • cups uncooked Israeli pearl couscous
  • ½ cup fresh parsley chopped

Instructions
 

  • In a medium glass bowl combine ground chicken, chopped Italian parsley, grated pecorino Romano cheese, crushed Ritz crackers, minced garlic, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, and lightly beaten egg white. Form into tiny to small-sized meatballs ( the mixture will be sticky so rinse hands if they start sticking to you or you having a hard time forming them.
  • Meanwhile, place a Dutch Oven over medium heat, add unsalted butter, matchstick carrots, diced yellow onion, and finely diced celery sauté until softened yet still firm-about 5-6 minutes. Add homemade chicken broth or store-bought low-sodium broth to the Dutch Oven, raise heat to high and let broth begin to boil.
  • Once the broth has started boiling you can begin to carefully drop the meatballs in the broth, do not disturb them for about 5 minutes, turn and reduce heat to low. Add Italian seasoning, kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper to your own taste. Let cook on low for about 20 minutes before adding the chopped fresh parsley and cooked Israeli couscous to the Copycat Progresso Chickarina Soup. Let the soup sit for about 8 minutes before serving for the Israeli couscous to absorb the other flavors.
  • Ladle the Copycat Progresso Chickarina Soup into your favorite serving bowls and serve while still hot with oyster crackers or a nice crusty bread
  • Enjoy!

Notes

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Nutrition

Serving: 01Calories: 148kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 13gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 1030mgPotassium: 587mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 2656IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 79mgIron: 2mg
Keyword chicken, Meatballs, Pearl Pasta, Soup
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43 Comments

  • Reply
    Danielle@wenthere8this.com
    November 29, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    I am all about using seasoned broth – and I love the sound of those light and airy meatballs. This sounds like awesome cold weather food.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      April 1, 2019 at 10:19 am

      Thank you, Danielle, me too! I love a good homemade copycat soup

  • Reply
    Jessica Formicola
    November 29, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Copycat recipes are my favorite! I can’t wait to try this Soup one!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      April 1, 2019 at 10:19 am

      Hey there, Jessica, you have to try this one! So darn good!!!

  • Reply
    Morgan @ Host the Toast
    November 29, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    This soup looks so delicious! I need to load up on soup recipes for this cold weather and this one is definitely getting added to the list!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      April 1, 2019 at 10:20 am

      Thank you and Good morning, Morgan!

  • Reply
    Catherine Brown
    November 29, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    Oh my, YUM! I actually have some Israeli couscous that I need to use…. this soup is a perfect application! 🙂

  • Reply
    watchlearneat
    November 29, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    OMG! You just brought back so many good memories! This was by far my FAVORITE soup as a child! I remember coming in from playing in the snow and slurping up a bowl of this soup! Love this homemade version! So fresh and healthy! 🙂

    • Reply
      Heidy McCallum
      November 29, 2018 at 12:27 pm

      Thank you! I love this soup when I don’t feel well too. One of my favorites.

  • Reply
    Wendy PA DutchTravel (@PaDutchTravel)
    January 10, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Thanks. I’m always on the lookout for new soup recipes. It looks good. Something new for me to try.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      August 26, 2019 at 5:05 pm

      Hi, Wendy hope you enjoy the copycat version!

  • Reply
    lucicoo
    January 8, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    Yummy, this would be perfect right about now with the yucky weather we have been having.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      August 26, 2019 at 5:04 pm

      It’s great for the end of summer colds too! Enjoy!

  • Reply
    Kaitie, Creator of Fuchisa Freezer
    January 8, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    GREAT soup recipe! This will definitely be a repeat in my home for cold days and school lunches!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      August 26, 2019 at 5:04 pm

      Thank you, Katie, I bet the kids will love it!

  • Reply
    foodtasticmom2013
    January 8, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    It’s great to know the secret for “light and airy” meatballs – thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      August 26, 2019 at 5:04 pm

      Totally works every time!

  • Reply
    Amy | The Cook Report
    January 8, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    I love those foods that remind you of childhood!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      August 26, 2019 at 5:03 pm

      Thank you, Amy! Such a wonderful thing, isn’t it?

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