Healthy Chicken Minestrone Soup Recipe
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5 from 2 votes

Chicken Minestrone Soup

Healthy Chicken Minestrone Soup Recipe - A zesty chunky classic Italian minestrone soup with an extra dose of lean protein.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8
Calories: 338kcal
Author: Sommer Collier

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cans fire roasted diced tomatoes (15-ounce cans)
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 tablespoons dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 small zucchini, quartered and sliced
  • 1 small summer squash, quartered and sliced
  • 15 ounces kidney beans, drained (1 can)
  • 15 ounces cannellini beans, drained (1 can)
  • 8 ounce dried macaroni noodles (could be gluten-free)
  • 1 cup frozen cut green beans
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted red peppers
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Set a large 6-8 quart soup pot over medium heat. Add the olive oil, onions, garlic, mushrooms, and carrots. Sauté for 5-8 minutes to soften the vegetables, stirring regularly.
  • Place the whole chicken breasts down in the sautéed veggies at the bottom of the pot. Add in the chicken broth, water, canned tomatoes, red wine, Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the chicken breasts are cooked through.
  • Remove the chicken breasts with tongs and set on a cutting board. Add the zucchini, summer squash, canned beans, macaroni, green beans, and roasted red peppers to the pot. Stir well. Bring to a simmer and cook for another 5-8 minutes, until the pasta is cooked through.
  • Meanwhile, chop the chicken into bite-size pieces. Stir the chicken back into the soup. Taste, then salt and pepper as needed.

Notes

NOTE: If making a gluten-free variation of this recipe, make sure to use a GF pasta that will not disintegrate in the soup. (Both ALDI and Trader Joe's have a pretty hearty GF pasta.)

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 1147mg | Potassium: 839mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3240IU | Vitamin C: 32.6mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 3.9mg