Lemon Pepper Pappardelle & Chicken Soup

Heather Bullard | Lemon Pappardelle Chicken Soup

Lemon Pepper Pappardelle Chicken Soup – quite the tongue twister of a recipe name but trust me…it’s oh, so good. If you are feeling under the weather and yearning for spring, this soup is your remedy! It’s a modern spin on your grandmother’s chicken noodle soup with a vibrant lemon pepper pasta and hefty splash of fresh lemon juice. It’s both comforting and refreshing and has been on rotation in our home this winter.

One of my strategies for posting more frequently this year is simply; to share more everyday things. Fortunately, when I started to make another pot of this delicious soup, I remembered my intention and pulled out my camera to document making the recipe. I hope sharing these glimpses of an average day will connect with you. When I read other blogs, they’re my favorite type of posts. Plus, it feels good to not stress about creating content and actually just live it. So welcome to my kitchen, let’s make Lemon Pepper Pappardelle Chicken Soup…

Heather Bullard | Lemon Pappardelle Chicken Soup Heather Bullard | Lemon Pappardelle Chicken Soup

One anniversary my husband gave me a potted Meyer Lemon tree. It was the saddest looking thing you ever did see. Spindly and barren for years. When we moved he planted it next to some of our orange trees and it was like watching a miracle happen. It just sprang to life! I can’t tell you how much joy it brings when I go out to pick one. Thank goodness my husband never gave up on it. He’s very sentimental in the best possible ways.

Heather Bullard | Lemon Pappardelle Chicken Soup

When I’m peeling or chopping veggies I keep a scrap bowl nearby to take out to the chickens. Waste not, want not. Which reminds me…have you read this book? It’s the perfect winter read and would be a great gift for a newlywed or college graduate. I’ve read it over and over. In fact, for this soup, some of my carrots were less than pristine and I used leftover rotisserie chicken to pull it together. Her book gave me confidence in the kitchen.

Lemon Pepper Pappardelle Chicken Soup | Heather Bullard

When there are only a few dirty dishes (like this one pot meal) I prefer to wash them by hand. It’s probably because I was raised in a dishwasher era and as such, tend to romanticize scrubbing pots and pans. But on occasion, I find it therapeutic to look out the window and clean up my station. It’s satisfying in a sense of ‘job well done’. Where are you on the hand washing fence – love it or leave it? I’m guessing family size has an impact.

Heather Bullard | Lemon Pappardelle Chicken Soup Heather Bullard | Lemon Pappardelle Chicken Soup

Before we go I should mention, there is one finicky ingredient in this recipe, the lemon pappardelle pasta from Trader Joe’s. If you live miles from a TJ’s check your local grocer for any other lemony type pasta. It’s available online (a tad pricey) but you could also try using regular pappardelle and add a teaspoon of lemon zest just before serving. The lemon is what makes this soup amazing! Also, this makes a very large batch. It freezes quite well, but I recommend inviting friends over or taking some to a loved one who could use the comfort.

PS. These are my favorite glass water bottles. I think all the other items are either antique or found.


Lemon Pepper Pappardelle & Chicken Soup
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 4 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 - 32 oz cartons of chicken stock or homemade equivilent
  • 4 cups water
  • 8 oz lemon pepper pappardelle pasta
  • 1-2 chicken breasts, cooked, shredded
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 lemon, sliced for garnish
  • 2 TB fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1tsp salt and ½ tsp pepper - to taste
  1. Heat oil in a large pot. Add onion and garlic, cook 2-3 mins. Add celery and carrots, cook 4-5 mins then add shredded chicken breast.
  2. Pour in chicken stock and water. Bring to a boil. Break pasta into smaller pieces and add to boiling soup. Cook 8-10 mins. You'll want it to be al dente or just a bit undercooked. Add S&P to taste.
  3. Before serving, add lemon juice to pot. Ladle into bowls and top with lemon slices and fresh parsley.

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  • Karen B.

    This looks delicious and simple, which is always nice when you want a warming soup to get you through a work day! I love that you’re posting more, everyday living is perfect as a topic. It doesn’t get noticed as often as it should. 🙂
    Happy Friday!

    February 16, 2018 at 6:17 am Reply
    • Heather Bullard

      I agree, everyday living can be very inspiring. After all,, it’s the little moments that make up a life well lived. Always enjoy hearing from you, Karen. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

      February 16, 2018 at 6:45 am Reply
  • Jennifer

    Yum! I love to make chicken soup, but I’ve never added lemon to mine. Also, I’ve never been to Trader Joe’s – I’ll go!!
    I’m so glad you are posting more!

    February 16, 2018 at 7:42 am Reply
    • Heather Bullard

      I have a sneaky feeling you’re going to LOVE Trader Joe’s! Hope you love this lemony spin on chicken soup!
      I’m happy to be posting more as well. Feels great to get “back in the saddle”! 😉

      February 16, 2018 at 8:01 am Reply
  • Kadri

    Looks delicious! I’m so glad you decided to post more frequently – I always enjoy and get inspired by your styling and photos, no matter the topic (everyday life is one of the most interesting for me, by the way) . Greetings from Europe, Estonia!

    February 19, 2018 at 5:42 am Reply
    • Heather Bullard

      Estonia, wow! So nice to “meet” you, Kadri! 🙂 I’m happy to hear you enjoy everyday posts as well…they’re one of my favorites too!

      February 20, 2018 at 8:30 am Reply
  • karen

    Thanks Heather, I was unfamiliar with this pasta , although a TJ shopper for many years. It is so good!

    February 20, 2018 at 7:15 am Reply
    • Heather Bullard

      I’m going to try making a shrimp dish with the lemon pasta. I think it will be a perfect combination. TJ’s has so many great products…including their flower selection!

      February 20, 2018 at 8:31 am Reply
  • Amanda Marshall

    Ooh thank you for the book rec, I’d never heard of it before. The basic premise reminds me a lot of Croatia — that’s just normal life for them. Their culture is not disconnected from the soil, from growing, raising, canning, butchering, etc their own food like ours has unfortunately become. Have you heard of the book ‘Folks This Ain’t Normal’ by Joel Salatin? Such a great and funny read and I think similar to the one you recommended! Thank you also for the recipe — I make chicken soup all the time but never thought to add lemon pasta or lemon period to it! Will try it tonight 🙂 So glad you’re blogging more, Heather! Always a treat:)

    February 21, 2018 at 11:22 am Reply
    • Heather Bullard

      I haven’t heard of the Salatin book but will definitely look it up, thanks! Hope you love the lemon spin on traditional chicken soup! 🙂

      February 22, 2018 at 8:29 am Reply
  • Carmella

    That’s exactly how to produce more content :)!! This looks delicious. Thank goodness for Amazon for those of us who have nary a TJ’s around. Also? Hand washing all the way 😉 Love the photos

    February 21, 2018 at 11:31 am Reply
    • Heather Bullard

      Yes, to handwashing! So easy to do when you have a small family. 😉 And I can’t tell you how much value I receive from my Amazon prime membership. Pays for itself!

      February 22, 2018 at 8:31 am Reply
  • Lisa

    I made the soup today and it was fabulous! Loved the Trader Joe’s lemon pasta addition…that will be a regular in my meal planning now. I love Trader Joe’s and it’s so fun to try new products for meal ideas and variations. I made 2 huge pots today to share with family and neighbors. Thanks again for the recipe share and your beautiful photos…enjoyed your lovely post! You make everything an art. ????

    February 22, 2018 at 5:50 pm Reply
    • Lisa

      *an art!!

      February 22, 2018 at 7:13 pm Reply
    • Heather Bullard

      I’m thrilled you loved the soup! And even more so that you shared it with family and neighbors. I feel that’s what soup does best – gather people around the table. 🙂

      February 26, 2018 at 8:12 am Reply
  • christina

    Lovely recipe. I love all things lemon and I did see that pappardelle at TJ’s. I’ll get some next time. BTW, loved that book and it’s actually one of only a few I own. Her new book, though, was a real disappointment.

    February 25, 2018 at 12:32 pm Reply
    • Heather Bullard

      There’s always something new to discover at TJ’s! They have a way of making grocery shopping enjoyable.

      February 26, 2018 at 8:14 am Reply
  • Christi

    This looks delicious! I am adding that pasta to my TJ’s list. I have a similar recipe that I make often… I roast the lemon slices before adding to the soup… YUM! As for dishwashing… the very first little house we owned didn’t have a dishwasher. I was so happy to have our own house, that I didn’t care that it was really small and didn’t have certain things like a dishwasher. I learned that I really didn’t mind hand-washing, and like you said it’s good therapy. I always enjoy reading your posts, and also enjoy when you share some of your favorites like those glass bottles. XO

    February 25, 2018 at 6:30 pm Reply
    • Heather Bullard

      Ooooh, roasting the lemon slices, I like that idea. This week I’m going to make a batch of salt preserved lemons to add to roasted chicken or fish. It’s also a wonderful ingredient for salad dressing. Lemon for the win every time!

      Funny story about the bottles. My neighbor brought them home from a business trip for his wife and I LOVED them so much that I begged him to bring me a few. Which then led to me searching for them online (for more!) because apparently, I have a tendency to become obsessed with things. haha! 😉

      February 26, 2018 at 8:20 am Reply

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