Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Chicken-Spinach-Bean Soup

Warm Up a Cool Fall Day

Oh my, it's a rainy, muggy July day, so I'm setting my mind on my favorite time of the year...Autumn.   Autumn, when the trees begin to change colors, bringing a beautiful display of different colored foliage, which eventually drops off into our yards and creates a playground of crunchy leaves for children to jump and play.

It also brings cooler temperatures, and, as it progresses, we put away our summer clothes, and bring out our warm sweaters.  I love to wear my sweats during the winter in the house because they are so warm and cozy!  And, it's time to bring in the wood and start the fire in the fireplace. Now, that is cozy!  

The only thing that could make this better would be a bowl of warm, fresh, delicious soup.   This one is a winner and you'll love the simple preparation that goes with it.  I may not wait until Fall to make this...mmm!


2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 leeks (white and light green parts only)cut into 1/4" rounds
1 small pkg. fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
1/4 tsp. dried sage (if you use fresh sage, increase to 1 Tbsp., chopped)
2 (14 oz.) cans chicken broth (I use reduced sodium)
2 c. water
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 (15 oz.) can cannellini beans, rinsed
1 (2 lb.) roasted or rotisserie chicken, skin discarded, meat removed from bones and shredded (about 4 cups)
1/2 c. diced tomatoes
1-1 1/2 c. D'Italini pasta

Heat oil over medium heat.  Add leeks and cook a few minutes, until tender.  Stir in sage, broth and water, cover and bring to a boil.  Add rinsed beans and chicken.  Cook uncovered, about 3-5 minutes.  Add fresh spinach. 

Serve in a bowl, over D'Italini pasta, rice or noodles.

"Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”  -Deuteronomy 3:16



  1. Wow! That looks wonderful and so easy! My family loves a good soup. I will definitely be making this one!

  2. Let me know how you all like it! Love you, sweetie! xo