Chicken and Spinach soup with Fresh Pesto


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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 281.7
  • Total Fat: 8.0 g
  • Cholesterol: 41.1 mg
  • Sodium: 1,010.7 mg
  • Total Carbs: 24.0 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 8.2 g
  • Protein: 25.6 g

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Introduction

This fragrant, Italian-flavored soup takes advantage of quick-cooking ingredientsóboneless, skinless chicken breast, bagged baby spinach and canned beans. It features a simple homemade basil pesto swirled in at the end to add a fresh herb flavor. If you are very pressed for time, you can substitute 3 to 4 tablespoons of a store-bought basil pesto. Eatingwell.com This fragrant, Italian-flavored soup takes advantage of quick-cooking ingredientsóboneless, skinless chicken breast, bagged baby spinach and canned beans. It features a simple homemade basil pesto swirled in at the end to add a fresh herb flavor. If you are very pressed for time, you can substitute 3 to 4 tablespoons of a store-bought basil pesto. Eatingwell.com
Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients

    * 2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
    * 1/2 cup carrot or diced red bell pepper
    * 1 large boneless, skinless chicken breast (about 8 ounces), cut into quarters
    * 1 large clove garlic, minced
    * 5 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
    * 1 1/2 teaspoons dried marjoram
    * 6 ounces baby spinach, coarsely chopped
    * 1 15-ounce can cannellini beans or great northern beans, rinsed
    * 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    * 1/3 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves
    * Freshly ground pepper to taste
    * 3/4 cup plain or herbed multigrain croutons for garnish (optional)

Directions

1. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add carrot (or bell pepper) and chicken; cook, turning the chicken and stirring frequently, until the chicken begins to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute more. Stir in broth and marjoram; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes.
2. With a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken pieces to a clean cutting board to cool. Add spinach and beans to the pot and bring to a gentle boil. Cook for 5 minutes to blend the flavors.
3. Combine the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, Parmesan and basil in a food processor (a mini processor works well). Process until a coarse paste forms, adding a little water and scraping down the sides as necessary.
4. Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces. Stir the chicken and pesto into the pot. Season with pepper. Heat until hot. Garnish with croutons, if desired.


Number of Servings: 4

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user MARCUSWARD.

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