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Italian Chicken Soup Recipe

Italian Chicken Soup Recipe

This satisfying soup gets its Italian flair from fennel, thyme, basil and orzo pasta. If you don't start with a low-sodium or sodium-free stock, advises our Test Kitchen stay, you might want to decrease the amount of salt called for in the recipe.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 45 min. YIELD:4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 fennel bulb, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped carrots
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fennel fronds

Directions

  • 1. In a Dutch oven, saute fennel bulb and onion in oil until fennel is tender. Add the next seven ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduced heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • 2. Stir in chicken and orzo. Cover and cook for 20 minutes or until orzo is tender. Stir in fennel fronds. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups equals 282 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 55 mg cholesterol, 769 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 26 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.