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Recipe: Pesto Chicken and Cannellini Bean Soup

October 22, 2019

Yield: 8 servings

Servings: 8

Serving Size: 1 3/4 cups

Active Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Total Time (mins): 60

To Make Ahead: Cover and refrigerate, without the pesto, for up to 3 days. To serve, reheat and then stir in pesto.

Recipe Description:

This healthy, Italian-inspired chicken soup recipe is loaded with fiber-rich vegetables and beans and gets an extra boost of flavor from a swirl of pesto at the end. To get a homemade stock flavor using store-bought broth, we simmer bone-in chicken breasts in the broth before adding the rest of the soup ingredients.

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh marjoram or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 pounds bone-in chicken breasts, skin removed
  • 3 cups sliced fennel
  • 3 cups broccolini (1-inch pieces; about 1 bunch)
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup prepared pesto

Recipe Steps:

  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add oregano and marjoram; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add broth and chicken. Cover, increase heat to high and bring to a simmer. Uncover and cook, turning the chicken occasionally, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part without touching bone registers 165°F, 20 to 22 minutes. Skim any foam from the surface as the chicken cooks. Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board. When cool enough to handle, remove the meat from the bones and shred.
  2. Meanwhile, add fennel, broccolini and tomatoes to the pot; return to a simmer. Cook until the vegetables are tender, 4 to 10 minutes. Stir in the shredded chicken, beans, salt and pepper and cook until heated through, about 3 minutes more. Remove from heat and stir in pesto.

Recipe Nutrition:

Per serving: 264 calories; 11 g fat (2 g sat, 6 g mono); 48 mg cholesterol; 18 g carbohydrate; 0 g added sugars; 3 g total sugars; 27 g protein; 5 g fiber; 656 mg sodium; 713 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (54% daily value), Potassium (20% dv), Vitamin A (18% dv).

1 Carbohydrate Serving(s)

Exchanges: 1 1/2 vegetable, 2 1/2 lean meat, 1 1/2 fat

Recipe Disclaimer(s):

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