Oh hey! I have Monday dinner perfection for you today!
What could be better than a bowl of chicken noodle soup on a cozy Monday night? Umm, one with the cheesiest piece of fontina toast ever. Yes, I’ve got that!
I’m sure you guys have noticed, but I’m pretty excited about this whole fall season that’s happening right now. October is one of my most favorite months of the year and I am trying to soak up every minute of these crisp sunny days, even breaking free from work for a late afternoon walk with my mom on Friday! Granted it was a busy weekend full of cookbook edits and video making and family hanging, but I somehow managed to pack a ton in!
Love when that happens!
Now that Monday is here though, I’m feeling the need to ease back into the work week, and chicken noodle soup just seamed like the perfect recipe to help with the hustle and bustle that comes with Monday. OkOK, and I’ve been on a serious soup kick lately, it’s kind of all I ever want to make. Let’s just say I already have my Thanksgiving soup recipes planned… and I am pretty pumped about them!
Here’s the thing about me and soup though. I am the type of person who likes a hearty soup. Meaning a soup with some carbs and some texture. A full broth soup is not something I normally go for, though it does have its time and place…today is not that day.
Nope, today’s soup is loaded with pasta, cheese and pumpkin!
Um, yes please!! Anything with pasta, cheese and pumpkin is always a major yes in my mind.
So, here ‘s how this Italian pumpkin and kale chicken noodle soup with fontina toast breaks down.
…first up is your holy grail of all chicken noodle soups – say hello to onions, garlic and herbs….and in this case, rosemary, sage and thyme as well. Traditionally there would be carrots and celery, but I swapped the carrots for pumpkin and well, I just don’t love celery, so I said goodbye to the celery.
…then comes the broth, obviously going to need that.
…up next is the chicken. I used chicken breasts because the people I am feeding have this seriously weird issue with chicken thighs and have convinced themselves that thighs are gross. Ugh. They just do not understand that thighs add all the flavor. Whatever, I am over it. You can use your favorite, breasts or thighs!
…from here the soup simmers away, develops a whole bunch of flavor and makes your house smell amazing.
…time for the kale and the pasta! I used baby kale and a cute little pumpkin shaped pasta, so fun! Also, don’t judge me for buying pumpkin shaped pasta. I’m just a dork who can’t resist fall everything. <–truth.
…finally, the cheesy fontina toast… buttered bread, melted fontina and fresh sage. <–aka the reason to make this soup!
Chicken noodle soup perfection, right?
When it comes to Monday, I typically look at it as the most difficult day of the week to get through, but when soup like this is involved, I can actually get a little excited for Monday night. Maybe cozy up by the fire with a good TV show and bowl of soup…with a double side of cheesy toast – of course.
Yup, I can get excited about that!
Oh, and on a completely random note, has anyone else noticed all the Christmas emails flooding their inbox or is that just me? I mean, I can’t say that I dislike the emails because looking at them gets me pretty excited, BUT at the same time I can’t help but think it’s way too early and we just need to like enjoy Halloween first, you know?
All that said, I totally bought Asher a Grinch Christmas ornament in Orlando last week…oooopsies. Random note over.
Italian Pumpkin and Kale Chicken Noodle Soup with Fontina Toast.
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 566 kcal
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- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small sweet onion diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced or grated
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme
- kosher salt + pepper to taste
- 2 quarts low sodium chicken broth
- 1 cups small pumpkin peeled + cut into cubes (about 3 )
- 3 small skinless chicken thighs or breasts
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan + the rind of the parmesan
- 1-2 cups baby kale
- zest + juice of 1 lemon
- 1 pound short cut pasta
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 4 slices bread sliced into 1/2 inch slices
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup shredded fontina cheese
- fresh chopped sage for topping
- Heat a large dutch oven or soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil. Once hot, add the onion. Cook until the onion is soft, fragrant and beginning to caramelize, about 10 minutes. Stir in the garlic, sage, rosemary and thyme. Season with salt and pepper, cook a minute longer or until fragrant.
- Slowly pour in the chicken broth. Add the pumpkin, chicken and parmesan cheese rind. Cover the pot and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and shreds easily.
- After 25 minutes, shred the chicken and remove any bones that may be in the chicken. Add the kale, lemon juice and lemon zest. Cook until the kale has wilted slightly, about 5-10 minutes. Taste and adjust the salt + pepper to your liking.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Boil the pasta according to package directions. Drain and toss the noodles with the butter and grated parmesan.
- Meanwhile, make the toast. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Arrange the bread slices on a large baking sheet with sides. Spread each slice with butter and sprinkle with salt + pepper. Add the fontina evenly over each slice.
- Transfer to the oven and bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbling. Sprinkle with sage.
- Remove the parmesan rind from the soup. Add the pasta to bowl and ladle the soup over the pasta. Top with fontina toast. Eat!
Soo soup and toast for dinner? Cool, let’s do this Monday!