Saturday, September 20, 2008

Italian Chicken Soup

I adapted this somewhat from a Taste of Home cookbook. Don't let the long ingredient list fool you - this is simple, down-home cooking - and yet it has an elegance to it that makes it an equally good choice for entertaining or sitting down with a blanket and a book. Sprinkle on some Romano or fresh Parmesan if you like.

Italian Chicken Soup

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
4 c. vegetable broth
2 tsp low-sodium chicken bouillon granules
2 bay leaves
1 can (15 oz) petite diced tomatoes, undrained
6 green onions, sliced
½ c chopped fresh parsley (may use dried instead, but decrease amount)
¼ c ketchup
1 tsp dried rosemary, crushed
½ tsp dried basil
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ tsp pepper
2 cans kidney beans, rinsed & drained

In a large Dutch oven, combine spices, broth, tomatoes, parsley, onions and ketchup. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; leaving cover ajar, simmer for 30 minutes. Add beans and chicken, heat through. Discard bay leaves before serving.

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