Sep 11
2010

Mediterranean Chicken, Bean & Pasta Soup Recipe

Mediterranean Chicken, Bean & Pasta Soup Recipe

Autumn. This word fills my senses with a multitude of pleasant sensations – the crisp bite of the morning air, the crackle of the leaves beneath my feet, and the rainbow of colors painted across the trees. With the start of school and soccer, the kids look forward to spending more time with their friends (and less time with those fuddy-duddies known as Mum and Dad). Close-knit friendships bring plenty of joy to their lives… and plenty of germs into our home. Besides telling the filthy little munchkins to wash their hands and keep their fingers out of their noses (sigh), there is not much I can do about the onslaught of creepy crawlies. So, I do what any self-respecting food-obsessed mother would do. I make soup. Batches and batches of it.

This healthy soup is a hearty mixture of chicken (I used rotisserie chicken for ease), cannellini beans, vegetables, and pasta. It requires a small amount of chopping and then some inactive simmering time. In other words, it comes together with very little effort. Along with my Crockpot Chicken, Black Bean & Chipotle Pepper Soup, this will be a meal that we are sure to enjoy many times over the cold-weather months, in sickness and in health.

Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large saucepan set over medium-high heat. Add 1 large shallot, minced, 2 medium carrots, cut into half-circles, and 2 large stalk celery, cut into 1/2-inch pieces. Saute until the vegetables are beginning to soften, 2 to 3 minutes.

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Add 1 can (28 ounces) whole tomatoes, finely chopped, with juices, 5 cups low-sodium chicken broth, and 2 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 2 cups chopped cooked chicken, 1 can (15 oz.) cannellini beans, and 1/2 cup ditalini pasta (small, short tubes).

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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.

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Other soups with chicken and beans:
Cookin’ Canuck’s Crockpot Chicken, Black Bean & Chipotle Pepper Soup
Kalyn’s Kitchen’s Chicken, Black Bean & Cilantro Soup
The Sweet’s Life’s Salsa Chicken & Black Bean Soup

Mediterranean Chicken, Bean & Pasta Soup
 
From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com
Serves: Serves 4 to 6
Ingredients
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 2 medium carrots, cut into thin half-circles
  • 2 large celery stalks, cut into ½-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
  • ½ cup ditalini (small, short pasta tubes)
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 8 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Season with salt and pepper, add ¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley and 8 leaves fresh basil, thinly sliced. Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese. Serve.

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1 Nancy@acommunaltable September 11, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Wishing it was "soup season" here but alas, it's still too warm!! This is a great "second use" for a chicken and makes this soup an easy, weeknight dish!!!

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2 Jenny September 11, 2010 at 11:28 pm

Hope everyone gets well soon! Soup cures everything!! Looks beautiful!

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3 Kalyn September 11, 2010 at 11:59 pm

Ah soup! I've been thinking a lot about it, but haven't made any yet.

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4 Pegasuslegend September 12, 2010 at 12:52 am

The picture just makes you want to try this, what an inviting bowl of healthy fabulous goodness! love it!

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5 Lisa@Pickles and Cheese September 12, 2010 at 1:13 am

I love soup and this one looks wonderful. What would I do without Rotisserie Chickens? They save me several times a week! Thanks for these soup recipes. It's that time of year!

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6 Tickled Red September 12, 2010 at 3:15 am

That looks sooo nummy! As soon as it cools off here I will be making that on Sunday :) PS: Love your new look!! Two of my favorite colors Blue & "Red"

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7 Katie @ goodLife {eats} September 12, 2010 at 3:28 am

This looks like a great recipe for a busy day. Simple but with lots of flavor. I can't wait for soup season to come around. We've had a couple cool days but not consistent yet. Like the new header, too!

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8 Jane @ Sweet Basil Kitchen September 12, 2010 at 4:01 am

I am a soup freak! As soon as the weather cools, I retrieve all my old favorite soup recipes, but always on the hunt for new ones. I am intrigued by your recipe and can't wait to try it. I have bookmarked it, I know our family will love this.

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9 bellini valli September 12, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Any self respecting germ would be vanquished for life with this delicious soup in the table.

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10 daer0n September 12, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Perfect! Absolutely delicious! This would be perfect right now for us in Calgary, it's starting to get cold here and soup would be a great and delicious way to warm up during this season, yum! I have to definitely try this recipe :)

Thank you!

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11 tspegar September 12, 2010 at 2:40 pm

your blog looks beautiful! i really like the new look. congratulations on your makeover and lovely site. this soup also looks fantastic and perfect for crisp fall weather… i love fall! bring on the soup.

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12 Chris September 12, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Perfect for the fall. Love this kind of soup…lots of goodness in it. Now, if Atlanta weather would just decided to get cooler, that would be great!!

Love the new look, Dara! :)

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13 Megan Carroll September 12, 2010 at 4:06 pm

The banner and the recipe look great…. I have plenty of soup making days ahead of, mine start pre-school this year and the real thing next year.

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14 Our Blissfully Delicious Life September 12, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Looks delicious! Hearty, healthy & comforting! I am so excited to switch cooking modes from summer to fall! Wish the weather here would cooperate! Can't wait to try this! :)

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15 whatsfordinneracrossstatelines September 12, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Thanks Dara, I love soup recipes, I'm saving this one, I like the pre-cooked chicken idea.
-Gina-

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16 MaryMoh September 12, 2010 at 4:53 pm

A healthy and delicious soup. I like it. I need to cook more of this type of soup as the weather starts getting colder.

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17 sara @ CaffeIna September 12, 2010 at 5:11 pm

You are making me crave for a soup even if it's not completely soup time here! Uh and beautiful redisign of the blog. I really like it!

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18 Carolyn September 12, 2010 at 6:08 pm

I love making and eating soup in the fall. This recipe looks like a real keeper!

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19 Karina Allrich September 12, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Your soup looks absolutely gorgeous! And I love your new design- your blog looks spectacular. xox Karina

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20 Skylar Wolfe September 12, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Looks delicious and hearty!

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21 oneordinaryday September 12, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Yes, the start of school always means someone's gonna be coming down with a cold. Soup's the perfect cure and yours looks delicious. Great photos and a great recipe.

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22 Kristen September 13, 2010 at 12:14 am

Does your blog look different? Am I going crazy?

The soup sounds wonderful for those cold days of autumn and winter. We are still in the 80s here in the high country of Arizona, but by October, the evenings should be cool enough for this lovely soup.

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23 Suzanne aka vivisue September 13, 2010 at 2:18 am

LOVE the new, fresh look of your blog – but of course, I loved the other one, too. I can't wait until cooler weather comes around because we are soup fanatics. This one will be first on the menu as soon as we hit something other than iced tea weather. LOL! Great post!

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24 A SPICY PERSPECTIVE September 13, 2010 at 2:24 am

Love the new blog look–I'm working on a new look myself! This soup loos perfect for fall, so hearty!

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25 Cristie September 13, 2010 at 1:31 pm

It's so nice to have the cool in the mornings, isn't it? Your soup sounds delicious and it's beautiful as well. Your blog is very happy with it's clean new look :)

I've made several of your recipes over the last few weeks and they have all turned out wonderfully. You are wonderful cook.

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26 Maria September 13, 2010 at 2:05 pm

I am ready for soup season! LOVE the new look Dara!

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27 Winnie September 13, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Oh my goodness…your new design is just gorgeous! I popped over because I am unveiling my new site design later today and I was updating my blogroll to add you. The soup looks marvelous, too- perfect for fall and keeping away the creepy crawlies, as you say!

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28 Pacheco Patty September 13, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Love this soup, perfect for dinner this time of year. The new header looks wonderful, unique design- nice update:)

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29 Priscilla - She's Cookin' September 13, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Your new look is fantastic – especially love the maple leaf in Canuck :) Love a delicious soup with plenty of veggies!

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30 Emily Malloy September 13, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Simply marvelous.

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31 ravienomnoms September 13, 2010 at 7:39 pm

This is fantastic! WOW! I think I would have to have a second helping of this!

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32 Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker September 13, 2010 at 7:49 pm

What a wonderfully hearty and rustic soup. Perfect for fall!

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33 Tracy September 13, 2010 at 7:53 pm

This looks SO good! I'm so excited that it's soup season. :-) Also, I love the new look of your blog! Lovely!

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34 Monet September 13, 2010 at 9:09 pm

The simplicity of your photographs is stunning. I was drooling after each new shot. Thank you for sharing such a warm and flavorful rustic soup. I would love to serve this with a large and crusty loaf of bread.

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35 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. September 14, 2010 at 12:36 am

Love this combination and the soup photo. Your updated sight is fabulous!!

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36 Sara September 14, 2010 at 1:16 am

Love this fantastic Soup!! Great for one dish dinners on a chilly Autumn night! Love your photography & blog! :)

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37 Devaki September 14, 2010 at 2:52 am

Dear Dara – Aah the scents of soup and such wonderful weather for it.

Love the new look! And your pics are fabulous as usual :)

Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

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38 Michelle September 15, 2010 at 3:47 am

Such gorgeous photos! Soup looks wonderful and tummy warming good!

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39 Heather September 15, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Looks so yummy! I'm so happy soup season is coming. This soup would be perfect for those cooler days.
I love the new look of the site! Beautiful!

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40 Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food September 17, 2010 at 1:18 pm

This hearty, healthy soup looks wonderful. Fall hasn't arrived where I live, darn it, but I'm very much in the mood for soups and stews such as this. A steady round of summer BBQ and salads is getting to be old hat.

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41 Kristen September 20, 2010 at 10:39 pm

Your pictures have me wanting to reach into my screen and grab a cup of soup. Lovely!

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42 Shannon September 26, 2010 at 12:35 am

I made this soup for dinner tonight (have had it on my "to make" list ever since you posted it. It was delicious and very easy to make! I used rotisserie chicken and a quart of tomatoes that I canned last fall. My 8-year old son exclaimed that he loved it and it's now his second favorite food (behind mac & cheese)!

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43 Cookin' Canuck September 26, 2010 at 2:34 am

Thanks again for all of your comments. I truly appreciate each of you taking the time to write a note.

Shannon – Thanks so much for letting me know that you and your family enjoyed this soup. Please tell your son I am honored that the soup made it near the top of his "favorite" list.

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44 Jeanette September 26, 2010 at 12:23 pm

What a beautiful looking soup! Sounds so easy and tasty too.

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45 krista resnick September 27, 2010 at 2:03 am

made this soup over the weekend and it was FABULOUS!!!!! thank you!!!!

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46 Heidi December 1, 2010 at 8:02 am

I made this tonight and it was yummy! I'm posting about it tomorrow, I've copied your recipe and given you credit. Let me know if that isn't okay. Thanks for sharing! I hope to try more of your recipes

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47 Sandra :) December 13, 2010 at 10:06 pm

BRRRRRRrrrr it's a cold wintery blustery day here (windchill = -21C, ouch!) so I cooked up a pot of this soup with a couple of changes based on ingredients I have on hand (turkey instead of chicken and barley instead of pasta) – it smells and looks delicious :) I'm making grilled cheese sandwiches to go along with it – thanks for a great recipe!

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48 Raquelle January 4, 2011 at 12:04 am

I made this for my beau Carlos and I and Carlos absolutely loved it (so did I as a matter of fact). Your recipes are always a huge hit with him.

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49 Michaela March 4, 2011 at 6:58 am

Looks delicious & beautiful! Thanks for sending us the link!
Michaela @finecooking

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