I have been craving this soup this whole weekend. I have a nice pot bubblin' on my stove right now and will be making up some cornbread to go with it. I had some KFC grilled chicken breast in the fridge and shredded that up and added it to the soup. I didn't have any of the Ditallini pasta so I used some of my penne. It's kind of big for this soup but should taste fine. This is one soup that I make at least once a month although I've never added the chicken in the past. I have made it with mushrooms or with broccoli. There is a lot of flavor in it and it always touches the spot. Enjoy!
Mediterranean Chicken, Bean & Pasta Soup
2 tsp olive oil
1 large shallot, minced
2 medium carrots, cut into thin half-circles
2 large celery stalks, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 can (28 oz.) whole tomatoes, finely chopped, including juices
5 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 bay leaves
2 cups chopped, cooked chicken
1 can (15 oz.) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup ditalini (small, short pasta tubes)
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
8 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
Grated Parmesan cheese
Heat olive oil in a large saucepan set over medium-high heat. Add shallot, carrots, and celery. Saute until the vegetables are beginning to soften, 2 to 3 minutes.
Add chopped tomatoes with juices, chicken broth, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to medium-low, partially cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.
Uncover the soup, remove the bay leaves, add cooked chicken, beans, and pasta. Increase the heat to medium-high and cook until the pasta is al dente, about 10 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper, add 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley and 8 leaves fresh basil, thinly sliced. Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese. Serve.
Serves 6 to 8.