Good Pasta Types For Soup

Soup is often paired with carby side dishes, such as toasties, bread, cheese dippers and potatoes. Alternatively, there are other ways in which you can add carbs into your soup. Pasta is not always the most obvious thing that comes to mind, but it’s a very tasty ingredient for many different types of soups and broths and can transform a light lunch into a filling dinner in no time!  

Which Pasta is Good for Soup? 

There are so many different variations and types of pasta to choose form. While pasta is a scrummy meal on its own, some variations are great for adding into certain soups and broths to bulk meals out. We have picked our top pasta variations to add into your soup for additional flavour 

Pasta Types for Soup 

  • Noodles 

Noodles are one of the most popular and well-known pasta types to go into soup. Most common across East and Southeast Asia, chicken noodle soup is a well-known winter comfort dish popular across many regions. Noodles are the easiest option to add into soup, because it is quick and easy to cook.  

  • Tortellini 

Tortellini is the perfect soup ingredient if you fancy a rustic, hearty meal on a cold autumn evening. Its thick texture is perfect for chickenstyle broths and soups. Tortellini is often filled with a mix of meat, cheese, egg or veggies. You can modify which type of tortellini you want to add into your soup depending on the flavour profile of your meal. For example, a spinach and ricotta tortellini would taste very nice in a tomato based soup.  



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  • Gnocchi 

Gnocchi is a popular Italian style pasta that is extremely scrummy and filling. Adding gnocchi to your soup will add a tasty pasta-inspired twist to a comfort food favouriteIt is a quick way for bulking out any type of soup and adding additional flavour. 



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  • Rotini 

Rotini is a common pasta, which is often added to chicken broths to bulk them out. It is light and quick to make, and good for adding in that carby touch to your warm winter’s broth. Alternatively, rotini can also be tasty accompanied by tomato soup alongside carrots, celery, mushrooms and other veggies.  

Tiny Pasta for Soup  

  • Orzo 

Orzo is very easy and quick to cookusually taking around 8 to 10 minutes. The size of the pasta can vary from brandtobrand, but generally is very small and rice shaped. This tiny pasta variation is great if you’re looking to add some weight to your soup, but still looking for a light meal.  


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  • Fregola  

Fregola is a small pearlshaped pasta type that comes from Sardinia. It can bring in a risotto-like texturewhen adding into soup, as it is often better adding it to creambased soups like mushroom or celery. It has such a temptingly tasty texture and small shape that makes it very versatile.  

  • Maravilla  

Pasta maravillais an extremely smallSpanish variation of pasta which are tiny balls, each around the size of a grain of rice. They’re are often added into clear soupto give it some consistency and make it a bit more filling. This type of pasta is not that easy to find in shops but can really add some additional consistency into your soups. Similar to fregola, it is best to add this type of pasta into more creamybased soups, such as Cream of Mushroom or fish chowder.   

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