Chicken Mac and Cheese Soup (Macaroni Soup)

Macaroni Soup is about to be your new favorite comfort food! I’ve combined delicious, creamy soup with cheeeesy macaroni and cheese to create the perfect dish: Chicken Mac and Cheese Soup. You’re going to want to eat a bowl of this every day!

Cheesy Macaroni Soup recipe

Macaroni Soup

Macaroni Soup is the magical combination of two of the best comfort foods ever: macaroni and cheese, and soup! It’s cheesy, it’s creamy, and it’s quite possibly the most comforting recipe I’ve ever made. A big bowl of this stuff is exactly what you need this fall and winter season!

I have so many mac and cheese recipes, and a lot of amazing soup recipes too. It’s about time I combined them into one perfect dish! This Chicken Mac and Cheese Soup is everything I love about food. It’s warm, it’s filled with cheese…and that’s about all that matters to me. Mac and cheese in soup form is just my kind of meal!

This Macaroni Soup is made with chicken, lots of cheese, some veggies, and shell pasta. The base has the creamiest texture, while the noodles and veggies give it a heartiness to fill you up. And we’re serving it with the perfect side, cheesy crostini. This toasted bread with a layer of melted cheese goes so well with the mac and cheese soup!

Make this Macaroni Soup asap for the most comforting meal of your life! Everyone will love it, and I guarantee you’ll be making it over and over again this season.

Chicken Mac and Cheese Soup is your new favorite comfort food. This cheese Macaroni Soup is basically everything you’ve ever dreamed of in one bowl!


3 bowls of mac and cheese soup

Chicken mac and cheese soup topped with cheesy toasted crostini

Chicken Mac and Cheese Soup

I love macaroni and cheese. I love soup. I love chicken. The obvious thing to do is to combine them all into one perfectly delicious dish! This Chicken Mac and Cheese Soup does just that. It’s one of the best comfort food recipes I’ve ever made and/or eaten, which means I’m going to be making it all winter long! I don’t care what the health gurus say, we need our cheese and our carbs during the colder months of the year, so I’m going to fill myself with this macaroni soup and be happy about it.

What’s in this Chicken Macaroni Soup recipe?

  • Chicken
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Shell pasta
  • Chicken Stock
  • Multiple types of cheese (because 1 is never enough)
  • Half & Half
  • White Wine
  • Nutmeg
  • Thyme
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Onion

It’s basically the perfect mac and cheese recipe in soup form, with chicken and veggies thrown in for good measure. I’m obsessed with this recipe and I think you will be too!

Cheesy soup recipe with pasta, carrots, chicken, and more

A bowl of macaroni soup topped with a piece of cheesy bread

How to Make Macaroni Soup

This Macaroni Soup is a pretty straight-forward recipe. Just like most soup recipes, everything will be cooked in one pot, and it is just a matter of adding in your ingredients at the right time and letting it all simmer and cook together. Simple!

How to make Chicken Mac and Cheese Soup:

  1. Prepare the Chicken – Start by seasoning your chicken breasts, then add them into dutch oven after melting the butter. Cook the chicken for about 3 minutes on each side, then removed from the pot and set aside.
  2. Make the Soup – Start with the carrots and celery in the dutch oven for a few minutes, then add in the onions to cook. Slowly stir in the chicken stock and wine, then bring to a boil. Add in the seasonings and the pasta shells, and let it simmer for about 30 minutes (until pasta is cooked through).
  3. Finishing Touches – Cut or shred the chicken breasts, then add them into the soup along with the milk. Let the soup simmer another 10 minutes, and then stir in the cheese to melt.

This macaroni soup comes out just right, with a creamy texture, a cheesy flavor, and the perfect amount of veggies and herbs to finish it off. Yum! Check the recipe card for more detailed instructions. And don’t forget to make the cheesy crostini to serve with this soup recipe!

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Three bowls of cheesy macaroni soup

A bowl of chicken mac and cheese soup with a slice of cheesy bread

Cheesy Toasted Crostini Recipe

This cheesy Macaroni Soup is sooo good, and I think the cheesy crostini is the perfect addition to this simple meal. I love having hearty, crusty bread to serve with soups because I’m a big fan of dipping. And what better way to highlight the CHEESE part of mac and cheese soup than to serve it with CHEESY bread? Yes, I have a cheese problem. But this Cheesy Toasted Crostini recipe really adds something to the comfort aspect of this dish, so don’t skip it!

Just take a baguette, cut it into thin slices, bake the bread with olive oil, then pile the cheese on top and broil it. It’s such a simple addition to this macaroni soup but it makes all the difference!

Bowls of cheesy macaroni soup with cheesy crostini

Are you sold on this chicken mac and cheese/soup hybrid yet? It is by far the most comforting food ever, and I know you’ll love it. Make this cheesy macaroni soup ASAP!

See the recipe card below for details on how to make Macaroni Soup with Chicken. Enjoy!


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Macaroni Soup is about to be your new favorite comfort food! I've combined delicious, creamy soup with cheeeesy macaroni and cheese to create the perfect dish: Chicken Mac and Cheese Soup. You're going to want to eat a bowl of this every day!
Chicken Macaroni Soup
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
Macaroni Soup is about to be your new favorite comfort food! I've combined delicious, creamy soup with cheeeesy macaroni and cheese to create the perfect dish: Chicken Mac and Cheese Soup. You're going to want to eat a bowl of this every day!
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken soup, macaroni and cheese, macaroni chicken soup, macaroni soup
Servings: 6
Calories: 410 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin
For the Toasted Cheesy Crostini:
  • French baguette cut into 1-inch slices
  • Olive Oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup shredded cheese cheddar or Italian blend
For the Soup:
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (or 3 cups cooked chicken)
  • 3 medium carrots cut into 1/8-inch slices
  • 1 celery stalk cut into 1/8-inch slices
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • ¼ cup semi-dry or dry white wine one you like to drink; optional
  • 1 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ¾ tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ pound small shell pasta uncooked
  • 2 cups whole milk or half ‘n half
  • ½ cup shredded Gruyére cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Colby Jack cheese
  • ½ cup shredded Cheddar blend cheese
  • Garnish: Chopped fresh parsley
  • Smoked paprika or grated nutmeg optional
For the Toasted Cheesy Crostini:
  1. Heat oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with foil or parchment. Place the baguette slices on the prepared baking sheet and drizzle them
  2. with oil. Bake at 375°F for 10 minutes then turn each piece over and bake another 5-10 minutes or until crispy and golden brown.
  3. When ready to serve, set the oven to broil.
  4. Top each crostini with a mound of cheese and sprinkle (very lightly) with crushed red pepper flakes.
  5. Broil 2-3 minutes or until the cheese is melted and has a little color on top.
  6. *NOTE: If not using crostini to top the soup, add 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper to the soup. This will add a little “kick” to the soup but won’t make it spicy.
For the Soup:
  1. Pat the chicken breast dry using paper towels and sprinkle both sides of the breasts with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat and add the oil. When the oil shimmers, add the butter and the chicken breasts. Cook the chicken breasts 3 minutes or until the pan-side is golden brown. Flip the breasts over and cook another 2-3 minutes. Transfer the breasts to a plate; set aside.
  3. Add the carrots and celery to the still-hot Dutch oven and, if needed, add 1-2 more tablespoons oil. Cook the vegetables 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the onions and cook another 3 minutes or until the onion has softened and is translucent.
  4. Slowly add the chicken stock, while stirring to deglaze the pan, and add the wine. Stir well. Bring the stock to a boil.
  5. Add the thyme, nutmeg, mustard and pasta. Stir well and bring back to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer the soup about 30 minutes. The pasta should be cooked through and the broth thickened.
  6. While the soup simmers, cut or shred the cooked chicken breasts.
  7. After 30 minutes, turn the heat to medium and add the milk and cut chicken breasts.
  8. Bring the soup just to a boil and immediately reduce the heat to low. Cook the soup 10 minutes or until it has thickened slightly.
  9. When it is the desired consistency (soup-ish but not stew-ish), add the cheeses and stir until cheese has melted.
  10. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  11. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with one or two Toasted Cheesy Crostini (depending on the size).
  12. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley, sprinkle lightly with smoked paprika or grated nutmeg and…
  13. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
Chicken Macaroni Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 410 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 100mg 33%
Sodium 556mg 23%
Potassium 730mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 9g
Protein 30g 60%
Vitamin A 114.1%
Vitamin C 6.2%
Calcium 32.1%
Iron 5.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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This looks amazing. Seems like it could be an InstantPot meal also!
Debbie Simmons
Hi there! On the mustard - is it "3/4" tsp, tbsp, or cup? Thanks!
    Becky Hardin
    Tablespoon. My apologies!
      Thanks Becky! I took a guess while making it and went for the tablespoon. Honestly, it's one of the most delicious soups I've ever eaten. I had it four days in a row and never got tired of it. Thank you for sharing the recipe.
        Becky Hardin
        OMG YAY! This made my night to hear. Sorry I didn't get back to you soon enough but I'm so glad everything worked out :)
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