This tasty soup is both flavorful and filling. To lower the calories, reduce olive oil or use a spray oil such as Pam. To reduce sodium, use salt-free canned tomatoes or diced fresh tomatoes. Eliminating and/or reducing the pesto and cheese will also lower the calories and sodium.
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 (14 ½ oz) can diced tomatoes, drained
- 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary or ½ tsp crumbled dried rosemary
- 12 oz fresh or frozen tortellini, or 9 oz fresh ravioli
- 3 cups chopped fresh spinach or other leafy green such as arugula or chard, or one 10-oz package frozen leaf spinach, thawed and drained
- Salt to taste
- Freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Toppings: 4 Tbsp pesto, 4 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
- Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, and sauté 5 minutes or until softened.
- Add tomatoes and cook 1 minute.
- Stir in broth and rosemary, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, 5 minutes.
- Add pasta, stirring to blend, and simmer 5 to 6 minutes more.
- Add spinach, salt and pepper. Simmer, stirring often, 3 minutes or until spinach is wilted and pasta is just tender.
- Ladle into bowls and stir 1 tablespoon pesto into each, then sprinkle 1 tablespoon cheese on top
Nutrition facts per serving; serves four (will vary with the brands and types of the foods selected): 440 calories, 29g carbohydrates (2 carb choices), 23g protein, 881mg
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