Chicken, Broccoli Rabe Soup with Tortellini Recipe

Chicken, Broccoli Rabe Soup with Tortellini Recipe
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Chicken, Broccoli Rabe Soup with Tortellini Recipe

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With chicken, pasta and a bold tomato broth, this hearty and inviting soup is like a big, comforting hug in a bowl! —Cynthia Gerken, Naples, Florida
MAKES:
1 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 15 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES:
1 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 15 min. Cook: 45 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound broccoli rabe
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 pound diced pancetta or 4 bacon strips, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cartons (32 ounces each) chicken stock
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 3 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, skin removed, shredded
  • Cooked cheese tortellini
  • Additional grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

Fill a Dutch oven two-thirds full with water; bring to a boil. Cut 1/2 in. off ends of broccoli rabe; trim woody stems. Coarsely chop stems and leaves; add to boiling water. Cook, uncovered, just until crisp-tender, 1-2 minutes. Drain; sprinkle with nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.
In same Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add pancetta; cook until brown and crisp, 4-5 minutes. Add onion and remaining salt and pepper; cook until tender, 3-4 minutes. Stir in garlic; cook 1 minute more. Add next six ingredients and broccoli rabe; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 30 minutes. Discard bay leaf and thyme sprigs. Add chicken; heat through.
To serve, spoon tortellini into individual bowls; pour soup into bowls. Sprinkle with additional Parmesan. Yield: 10 servings.

Test Kitchen tips
  • To mix it up, try Thai-flavored chicken broth in place of some or all of the chicken stock.
  • Extra protein from the cheese tortellini makes this version of chicken noodle soup a real filler-upper. It's a meal on its own.
  • Originally published as Chicken & Broccoli Rabe Soup with Tortellini in Taste of Home November 2017

    Nutritional Facts

    1-1/3 cups: 212 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 1022mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 23g protein.

    • 1 pound broccoli rabe
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
    • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1/4 pound diced pancetta or 4 bacon strips, chopped
    • 1 large onion, chopped
    • 4 garlic cloves, minced
    • 2 cartons (32 ounces each) chicken stock
    • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
    • 3 fresh thyme sprigs
    • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1 rotisserie chicken, skin removed, shredded
    • Cooked cheese tortellini
    • Additional grated Parmesan cheese
    1. Fill a Dutch oven two-thirds full with water; bring to a boil. Cut 1/2 in. off ends of broccoli rabe; trim woody stems. Coarsely chop stems and leaves; add to boiling water. Cook, uncovered, just until crisp-tender, 1-2 minutes. Drain; sprinkle with nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.
    2. In same Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add pancetta; cook until brown and crisp, 4-5 minutes. Add onion and remaining salt and pepper; cook until tender, 3-4 minutes. Stir in garlic; cook 1 minute more. Add next six ingredients and broccoli rabe; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 30 minutes. Discard bay leaf and thyme sprigs. Add chicken; heat through.
    3. To serve, spoon tortellini into individual bowls; pour soup into bowls. Sprinkle with additional Parmesan. Yield: 10 servings.

    Test Kitchen tips
  • To mix it up, try Thai-flavored chicken broth in place of some or all of the chicken stock.
  • Extra protein from the cheese tortellini makes this version of chicken noodle soup a real filler-upper. It's a meal on its own.
  • Originally published as Chicken & Broccoli Rabe Soup with Tortellini in Taste of Home November 2017

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