Packed with vegetables, chicken, ham, and tasty pasta, chicken macaroni soup is a much-loved Filipino comfort food whose popularity has spread far and wide. It's a richly flavored, hearty soup whose mouthwatering flavor is enhanced with milk. Both children and adults love this creamy soup and it's ideal for chilly nights or to help ward off colds. Macaroni soup is incredibly easy to prepare, with very little active cooking time, making it a wonderful choice when you're in the mood for something nourishing that'll warm you from the inside out.
– This wonderful soup is easy to customize to your family's tastes. Add in extra vegetables, swap chicken for minced beef or turkey, or add some garlic or a sprinkling of your preferred seasonings.
– For extra flavor, add a dash of fish sauce to your macaroni soup.
– For an even simpler version of chicken macaroni soup, make it in your Instant Pot. For Instant Pot versions, it's easiest to use diced chicken breasts as opposed to a whole chicken. Set it to Saute, and cook the vegetables until tender, then brown the chicken. Add the broth, salt, pepper, and pasta and set the Instant Pot to High for 5 minutes, followed by a 5-minute natural release. Turn the pot back to Saute, stir in the milk, and cook for 3 minutes.
Place leftover soup in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days. You can also freeze your macaroni soup, however, if you're planning on freezing it, it's best to leave the pasta out until you're ready to eat as pasta doesn't freeze well. When frozen, macaroni soup will stay fresh for up to 3 months.
You can substitute the whole milk for one can of evaporated milk for a richer soup.