Tuscan-Style Chicken Soup

Tuscan Style Chicken Soup
The Spruce
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 60 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
993 Calories
40g Fat
71g Carbs
87g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 993
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 40g 51%
Saturated Fat 11g 53%
Cholesterol 209mg 70%
Sodium 823mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 71g 26%
Dietary Fiber 15g 54%
Protein 87g
Calcium 288mg 22%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Tuscan-style food is simple Italian countryside cooking, using oil instead of butter and humble ingredients such as white beans. This hearty, rustic chicken soup recipe fits the bill. It is packed with veggies, plus tender chicken breasts and cannellini beans.

The soup is nourishing enough to take center stage at the dinner table. Serve it with wholesome fresh bread or garlic bread and grated Parmesan for a warming fall or winter meal.

The recipe calls for cooked chicken breasts. These can be leftovers from another dish or from a rotisserie chicken. Red potatoes work well in this soup because they hold their shape and they also add nice color to the soup. As for the kale, cooks in Italy would use Tuscan kale but you can use any other type of kale too.

For convenience, this recipe uses canned cannellini beans but if you like to make things from scratch, you can also start with dried cannellini beans and cook them yourself. Northern great beans are a good substitute for cannellini beans, they have softer skin and their inside is a bit less creamy but they are similar in taste to cannellini beans. 

Like many hearty soups, this Tuscan-style chicken soup also tastes great reheated. Leftovers can be refrigerated or frozen. Stored in airtight containers, the soup can be refrigerated for three to four days or frozen for three to six months.



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  • ​​​1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 celery stalk (sliced)
  • 2 medium carrots (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 onion (peeled and chopped)
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme (or 1/2 tsp dried thyme)
  • 2 cloves garlic (peeled and minced)
  • 2 medium potatoes (diced)
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 can cannellini beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 2 cooked chicken breasts (shredded)
  • 2 packed cups kale (chopped, washed)
  • Garnish: grated parmesan cheese

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the carrots, celery, and onion and cook until softened.

  3. Add the garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the potatoes, chicken stock, and some salt and pepper. Raise the heat and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes until the potatoes are cooked through.

  4. Add the beans and cook for about 5 minutes.

  5. Add the shredded chicken and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

  6. Add the kale. Raise a heat a bit to make sure the pot is at a simmer. Cook for a few minutes until the kale is wilted. Taste and season with salt and pepper to taste.

  7. To serve, top with grated parmesan cheese, a crusty piece of bread and fresh parsley or thyme based on your preference.

  8. Enjoy!