Chicken & Spinach Soup with Fresh Pesto Recipe

Looking for an easy Chicken & Spinach Soup with Fresh Pesto recipe? Learn how to make Chicken & Spinach Soup with Fresh Pesto using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by sskoko

Makes 10 servings



This fragrant, Italian-flavored soup takes advantage of quick-cooking ingredients?boneless, 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. By Nancy Baggett , EatingWell.com

Recipe Ingredients for Chicken & Spinach Soup with Fresh Pesto

2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1/2 cup carrot or diced red bell pepper
8 oz boneless, skinless chicken
1 clove garlic, minced
5 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 teaspoons dried marjoram
6 ounces baby spinach, coarsely chopped
15 ounce cannellini beans or great northern beans, rinsed
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup fresh basil leaves
1 Freshly ground pepper to taste
3/4 cup plain or herbed croutons

Recipe Directions for Chicken & Spinach Soup with Fresh Pesto

  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.

Categories

Chicken, Soup, Italian

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 216.7g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
247
Calories from Fat
48
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
5.3g
8%
Saturated Fat
1.3g
7%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
20mg
7%
Sodium
499mg
21%
Potassium
870mg
25%
Total Carbohydrates
29.3g
10%
Dietary Fiber
11.3g
45%
Sugars
1.8g
Protein
20.9g
Vitamin A 52% Vitamin C 12%
Calcium 12% Iron 26%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
A
  Good points
  • Low in sugar
  • High in dietary fiber
  • High in iron
  • High in manganese
  • High in phosphorus
  • Very high in vitamin A
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