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Chicken and Spinach Soup with Fresh Pesto
I love this soup! .It's even quicker if you have some cooked chicken. And if you're really in a rush, using prepared pesto is OK, too. 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) Preparation: 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. 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. 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. 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. Nutrition Makes 5 servings. Per serving : 204 Calories; 8 g Fat; 2 g Sat; 4 g Mono; 29 mg Cholesterol; 16 g Carbohydrates; 18 g Protein; 6 g Fiber; 691 mg Sodium; 529 mg Potassium Photo and recipe from eatingwell.com
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