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Nana's Chicken Pastina Soup

Yield 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups soup and about 2 teaspoons cheese)
You can substitute orzo or alphabets for pastina in this Sicilian-style chicken soup.

Ingredients

  • 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

Nutrition 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

How to Make It

  1. 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.