For a warming, filling and flavour-filled Italian soup, this recipe is Italy’s version of Chicken Noodle Soup. If you haven’t experienced the delights of Fregola, you’re going to LOVE this soup. Learn more.
This Chicken Soup with Fregola was something I ate when I visited Italy. I stayed in the Abruzzo region - known for, amongst other culinary delights, spectacular pasta products. I'd never eaten a soup quite like it, and I'd never before experienced it's most alluring ingredient - Fregola. After a long day trekking around the Majella National Park, a big bowl of soup was a very welcome sight at our tiny Agroturismo restaurant. It stayed with me for years, and has become a winter staple at home. My simple recipe is tried and tested and creates the most delicious 'chickeny' soup!
What is Fregola?
Fregola are tiny balls of durum wheat pasta that have been hand-rolled and then baked. They're cooked, in water, like pasta and used with sauces and in soups and salads. They resemble Israeli/pearl cous-cous in size and shape, but a little coarser. They're a great way to add texture and bulk to dishes. Of all the fregola recipes out there this chicken soup is my favourite.
Chicken Noodle Soup, Italian style.
The fregola acts as another taste and textural component to the soup. The soup itself is beautifully flavoured and has a wonderful, rich chicken taste. It's one of those soups that keeps giving which will leave you intensely satisfied and warm. It doesn't even need bread, due to the plump soup-soaked fregola. It's the perfect winter soup, but a winner all year round for sure.
More delicious soup recipes
If you're a soup kind of person (I am!) why not give some of my other soups from around the world a spin! You can discover my most favourites by taking a look at my Best Soup Recipes.