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Tuscan Chicken Soup

Change up your traditional chicken soup by adding delicious white kidney beans. It is also a great way to use up cooked chicken. —Rosemary Goetz, Hudson, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 small carrot, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2/3 cup uncooked small spiral pasta
  • 3 cups thinly sliced fresh escarole or spinach
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken


  • In a large saucepan, saute onion and carrot in oil until onion is tender. Add the broth, water, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Stir in beans and pasta; return to a boil.
  • Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until pasta and vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Add escarole and chicken; heat through.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 329 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 1542mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 6g fiber), 28g protein.

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  • meliss.beyer
    Jan 14, 2017

    This recipe was easy to make with simple ingredients. I added spinach and it made a good addition to the soup. In the future, I think I would add some more seasoning.

  • pajamaangel
    Sep 25, 2016

    Really enjoyed this soup. So quick and easy to make when using a rotisserie chicken from the store. Great flavor for as little seasoning as the recipe calls for. I may add some garlic next time when I saute the onions and carrots. Used gluten free pasta, too. The liquid had diminished quite a bit before adding the chicken and spinach so I will add a bit more liquid next time. Keeper!

  • mrdestiny04
    Apr 30, 2015

    Loved the recipe, it has good flavor. The next time I make it I would add more liquid to it because the beans and pasta absorb a lot of it leaving it with hardly and liquid.

  • LBurkey
    Sep 1, 2014

    This is a good-for-you, feel-good soup. It's not difficult to make, but tastes like you worked hard. I double the recipe so we can have some for lunch the next day:)

  • Rose2425
    Oct 26, 2012

    This soup is the best! I used a whole bag of spinach & it turned out great. I will definitely make this many times more.

  • lashob
    Oct 12, 2012

    No comment left

  • shortie2
    Sep 30, 2012

    So easy and quick, but oh the flavor. Added garlic.

  • S.M.E.
    Sep 28, 2012

    We used smoked chicken in the soup. Very tasty. Loved all the veggies.

  • slimsha
    Sep 27, 2012

    No comment left

  • califdreamin
    Sep 26, 2012

    This is a good basic soup, but I did pretty much what cramirez did, but went one step further and added about a half tbsp of a garlic-herb mix that I have from Costco. It gave it the punch it needed. I served it with a garlic studded artisan Italian Bread to soak up the broth. With my additions it was voted a keeper. Thanks for the great basic recipe.