Chicken and White Bean Soup

Chicken and White Bean Soup Recipe
Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
Cannellini beans, native to Tuscany, work beautifully in this rustic soup because they hold their shape after simmering in the flavorful broth. Serve with a crusty Italian bread, such as ciabatta, and a salad of bitter greens.

Yield:

4 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)

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Recipe Time

Total: 40 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 335
Fat 9.9 g
Satfat 2.8 g
Monofat 2.5 g
Polyfat 1.5 g
Protein 26 g
Carbohydrate 35.4 g
Fiber 5.1 g
Cholesterol 61 mg
Iron 3.2 mg
Sodium 530 mg
Calcium 64 mg

Ingredients

2 smoked bacon slices, chopped
12 ounces skinless, boneless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup chopped plum tomato
2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups water
2 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
2/3 cup uncooked orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
1 (15-ounce) can organic white beans, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preparation

1. Cook bacon in a large saucepan over medium heat 7 minutes or until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving drippings in pan; set bacon aside.

2. Add chicken to drippings in pan; sauté 6 minutes. Remove chicken from pan. Add onion and garlic to pan; cook 4 minutes or until tender. Add tomato, oregano, and pepper; cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Return bacon and chicken to pan. Stir in 2 cups water and broth, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Bring to a boil. Add orzo, and cook for 9 minutes or until al dente. Add beans; cook 2 minutes or until heated. Remove from heat; stir in parsley, vinegar, and salt.

Note:

Deb Wise,

April 2011
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