Hot, spicy, and yummy.

I love soup.  I love everything about it, from the brothy, vegetable-laden bowls of flavor, to the thick, hearty meatiness of stews and chilis, and to the bowls of comfort in chowders.  I eat soup in any weather, even the hot.

One of my local grocery store chains, Stop n Shop, makes a delicious soup made with chicken, greens, white beans, and tuscan spices, called logically enough, Tuscan Chicken Soup.  I eat it almost every week, but a container of it is pretty expensive. So, therefore, it inspired me to make my own rendition, as you see above.

Here then, is the recipe.

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1.5 pounds of chicken breasts
  • 1 cup each of minced onion and carrot
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 2 tablespoons of dried Tuscan spice blend (I used Penzey’s Tuscan Sunset blend, composed of sweet basil, turkish oregano, red bell pepper, garlic, thyme, fennel, black pepper, and anise seed)
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Pinch salt and pepper to season chicken.
  • 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 12 ounce can northern white beans
  • 1 carton chicken broth
  • one smallish bunch of cooking greens such as spinach, kale, or chard (I used rainbow chard)
  • optional garnish of finely grated Romano peccorino cheese

In large pot or dutch oven, saute garlic and onions until translucent.  Add carrots, bell pepper, herbs and spices. Cook 3-5 minutes, til veggies start to soften. Add chopped chicken, season with salt and pepper. Cook chicken til no pink remains.  Add tomatoes, beans, and chicken broth. Bring to a light boil. Toss in shredded greens. Simmer one hour. Add cheese and cook a little longer, or serve cheese as a garnish instead.  Serve hot, and if you can eat bread, have a hot buttery crusty chewy roll.

Simple,  nutritious, spicy, and full of delicious Italian flavors!

9 thoughts on “A Tuscan Experiment

    1. Tofu? *ASKANCE*

      You’re right, that does sound weird. I’ll leave the vegetarians among you to try it with tofu, Me? I dont believe tofu is food. 😉

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