Chicken Floretine Soup

I saw this pasta recipe and started to figure out the nutrition info for it and didn’t like the amount of carbs that were in it. It was pretty scary. I was thinking of ways to make it a little more carb friendlier so it became soup. Chicken florentine is basically chicken, pasta, spinach and tomatoes. Sounds good doesn’t it? Ben asked me if I added in the pesto and I wish I would have now. That would have given it even more flavor. I know it’s almost summer time, but it doesn’t hurt to have soup every now and then. Especially when fresh produce is becoming more available.

I went to Minneapolis this weekend to visit my brother. It turns out he’s a pretty good cook. He made this shrimp dish which he still has to give me the recipe for. It had 4 heads of garlic in it. We went to this place called Mozza Mia and they had the best pizza there. I bought all the ingredients I needed to make this fig, caramelized onion and prosciutto pizza. Plan on seeing that post sometime later on this week. That bowl in the picture came from Pottery Barn too. The plate underneath it, I want to find a plate holder for it to hang up in my kitchen.

Servings: 6

Points Plus: 6

calories: 219, Fat 6.2, Protein: 23.7, Carbs: 17.1, Fiber: 2.4

Ingredients from Oxmoor House

1/2 cup uncooked ditalini (very short tube-shaped macaroni)
1 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, chopped
3 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 cup water
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano
1 (6-ounce) package fresh baby spinach
2 tablespoons commercial pesto
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Grated fresh Parmesan cheese (optional)


1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Set aside.

2. While pasta cooks, combine chicken, broth, and water in a large Dutch oven. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 3 minutes or until chicken is cooked. Remove chicken with a slotted spoon; keep warm. Stir in tomatoes; cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Stir in spinach; cook 2 minutes or until spinach wilts. Add cooked chicken and pasta to pan; cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Stir in pesto and pepper. Ladle soup evenly into 6 bowls, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

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