Nana's Chicken Pastina Soup

You can substitute orzo or alphabets for pastina in this Sicilian-style chicken soup.


4 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups soup and about 2 teaspoons cheese)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 288
Caloriesfromfat 28 %
Fat 9.1 g
Satfat 2.5 g
Monofat 5.2 g
Polyfat 1 g
Protein 33.7 g
Carbohydrate 16.3 g
Fiber 2.7 g
Cholesterol 73 mg
Iron 699 mg
Sodium 697 mg
Calcium 156 mg


1/2 cup water
2 (14-ounce) cans fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
2 1/4 cups prechopped celery, onion, and carrot mix
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 pound chicken breast tenders (cut into 1-inch cubes)
1/4 cup (1 1/2 ounces) uncooked pastina (tiny star-shaped pasta)
3 tablespoons commercial pesto
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup (1 ounce) preshredded fresh Parmesan cheese


Bring water and broth to a boil in a large saucepan. Stir in celery mix, pepper, salt, and chicken; bring to a boil. Add pasta; cook 4 minutes. Stir in pesto and juice, and simmer 1 minute. Sprinkle with cheese.