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Tuscan Chicken and Sausage Soup

Yields8 ServingsPrep Time30 minsCook Time1 hr 30 minsTotal Time2 hrs

This savory medley of meats, beans, and vegetables is delicious, healthy, and satisfying. It’s hearty enough to stand alone as a main course, and pairs well with gluten-free garlic bread. This recipe is a favorite in my home, and I hope it will be loved in yours, too!

 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed. Bake and shred beforehand, if desired. (See Step 1)
 2 ½ tsp salt (reserve 1/2 tsp when cooking chicken), or to taste
 12 oz package of Italian sausage, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
 1 tbsp olive oil
 1 small onion, minced
 5 garlic cloves, minced
 1 ½ cups carrots, peeled and diced
 2 14.5 oz cans of diced tomatoes with liquid
 5 cups chicken stock (low sodium). Imagine and Pacific are tasty brands.
 1 large zucchini, cut in half lengthwise and sliced in 1/4" pieces (like half moons)
 3 15.8 oz cans of cannelini or Northern beans, drained
 2 tsp basil (flakes--not fresh)
 1 tsp garlic powder
 2 tsp onion powder
 1 tsp black pepper, or to taste
 1 small bunch of escarole, deveined and chopped
 Grated parmesan or pecorino cheese as an optional garnish
1

Put the chicken breasts in an 8”x13” (or similar) baking dish with 1 inch of water. Sprinkle ½ teaspoon of salt over the meat. Cover and bake at 325° for 45-60 minutes. Shred and put aside with residual broth.

2

Saute the Italian sausage pieces in an oil-coated skillet until slightly browned. Drain on paper towels and set aside. (Or bake the sliced sausage at 350° until cooked.)

3

Heat olive oil in a stock pot over medium heat. Saute the onions, garlic, and carrots for 5 minutes or until they “sweat.”

4

Add the canned tomatoes and chicken stock. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.

5

Add the zucchini, beans, cooked chicken and reserved broth, sausage, and spices. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

6

Add the escarole--use less for veggie-phobes--and let simmer uncovered for an additional 5 minutes or until desired tenderness.

7

Serve immediately and enjoy! (This is when you’d add your sprinkle of cheese as an optional garnish.)

Nutrition Facts

Servings 8