Roasted Vegetable & Chicken Soup
Like I’ve said, I just love soup, stews and chowders.  Here again is another chicken type soup but with roasted vegetables.  Roasting the veges really carmelizes them and gives them a wonderful boost in flavor.  You can use other veges if you want as well as the type of mushroom you love.  I don’t roast the broccoli instead I put it in during the last 5 minutes.  It stays green and is not overcooked.  I like the whole wheat rotini pasta bit you could use bow tie, elbow or penne or any type you love. The fresh rosemary gives the broth a wonderful flavor. Remember recipes are guidelines and you can add or take away any ingredient you don’t love.  It’s not a real quick soup, but it’s only on hands for about 10 minutes.  Long enough to prep the dishes.  The rest of the time is simmering unattended cooking.
For 8 servings (1 cup)
1 cup cubed carrot (1 inch)
1 cup cubed onion (1 inch)
1 cup chopped mushrooms, chopped
1 cup celery cut in 1 inch pieces
1 cup red bell pepper, cut in 1  inch pieces
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup water
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 (14 ounce) cans fat free, chicken broth, low sodium
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound skinless boneless chicken breast, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
2 cups unchooked whole wheat rotini pasta or other sape
1 cup broccoli florets
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
combine the first 5 ingredients in a bowl and add the oil, tossing well to coat.  Arrange the vegetable mixture in a single layer on a jelly roll pan, that has been lined with foil.  Bake at 375 deg for 50 minutes or until browned.  Stir the mixture a couple of times.
Combine water and next 5 ingredients in a large Dutch oven.  Bring to a boil and reduce the heat and simmer 30 minutes.  Add roasted vegetables, simmer another
30 minutes. Bring soup to a boil.  Add pasta, simmer 10 minutes, adding the broccoli the last 5 minutes.  
Per serving:  176 calories; 4.8g fat; 2.3g fiber; 450mg sodium.  
Roasted Vegetable & Chicken Soup
Monday, January 15, 2007