Nana's Chicken Pastina Soup

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

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

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 288
  • Calories from fat: 28%
  • Fat: 9.1g
  • Saturated fat: 2.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 5.2g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1g
  • Protein: 33.7g
  • Carbohydrate: 16.3g
  • Fiber: 2.7g
  • Cholesterol: 73mg
  • Iron: 699mg
  • Sodium: 697mg
  • Calcium: 156mg


  • 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


  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.
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