Lemon Chicken Tortellini Soup

May 2010
Lemon Chicken Tortellini Soup

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Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 10 mins

Cook: 25 mins

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 32 ounce container  (4 cups) chicken broth
  • 1 9 ounce bag  tortellini pasta
  • 2 cups shredded escarole
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas
  • Grated peel and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Add to the pot and cook, turning occasionally, until golden, 6 to 8 minutes; transfer to a plate. Let cool slightly before shredding.
  2. Add the chicken broth and 2 cups water to the same pot and bring to a simmer. Add the tortellini and cook according to package directions. Remove from the heat and stir in the shredded chicken, the escarole, peas, scallions, lemon peel, lemon juice and mint. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Try a pasta salad: Omit the chicken broth and toss the cooked tortellini with the rest of the ingredients and extra-virgin olive oil to coat.
  • Swap in vegetable broth and chopped mushrooms and potatoes for the chicken broth and chicken.