5 from 21 votes
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
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
1 min

A fantastic combination of a flavorful broth with tiny chicken meatballs, chunks of all white chicken, carrots, celery, and little pearl pasta that come together perfectly on a cold day.

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, Meatballs, Pearl Pasta, Soup
Servings: 8 People
Calories: 355 kcal
Author: hmccallum
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1/4 of a cup of chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1/4 cup grated pecorino romano cheese
  • 1/2 of a cup crushed Ritz crackers about 12
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg white lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup chopped matchstick carrots
  • 1/2 of a cup diced yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup finely diced celery
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 8-10 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon of dried Italian seasoning
  • Kosher salt to own taste
  • freshly ground black peppercorns to own taste
  • 1 and 1/2 cups uncooked Israeli pearl couscous cooked
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Ladle the Copycat Progresso Chickarina Soup into your favorite serving bowls and serve while still hot with oyster crackers or a nice crusty bread
  5. Enjoy!