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Creamy Tuscan Chicken Soup

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Creamy Tuscan Chicken Soup is a recipe that nourishes your body and soul. This comforting soup recipe is packed with tender chicken, fresh spinach, cream, and Italian spices. The combination of flavors creates a delicious and hearty dish sure to please any palette. Feel free to top it with freshly grated Parmesan cheese for the perfect finishing touch. Bon Appetit!

Bowl of soup with chicken, bacon, and spinach.

You’ll love this recipe for Creamy Tuscan Chicken Soup. It’s nourishing, flavorful, and perfect for any night of the week. The recipe consists of simple ingredients that come together to create an amazing flavor combination. Serve bowls of soup with a fresh salad for a satisfying meal.

Enjoy a bowl of this cozy, Tuscan-style soul food without the carbs, courtesy of Natasha Newton. It’s one of 115 low-carb recipes in her book, Let’s Celebrate: A Low-Carb Cookbook for year-Round Entertaining.

Let’s look at how to make this delicious soup.

Ingredients

Ingredients in bowls to make chicken soup.
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • ½ cup diced onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)

Instructions

Melt the butter in a heavy soup pot over medium-high heat. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Cook the chicken and bacon until the chicken is browned on both sides and the bacon is cooked, about 10 minutes.

Add the onions and garlic and cook until the onions are tender, about 5 minutes.

Pour in the broth and tomatoes, then stir in the parsley, basil, oregano, and paprika.

Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Adding heavy cream to soup pot.

Stir in the spinach and cream and cook until the spinach is wilted and the cream is heated through, about 10 minutes.

Adding spinach to soup pot.

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Bowl of Creamy Tuscan Chicken Soup.

Recipe Notes

This recipe can be made up to 2 days ahead. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat in a stockpot over low heat.

As written, this soup is lower in carbs than traditional chicken soup, making it a delicious low-carb option. If carbs are not a concern, serve this soup with crusty bread.

To make this chicken soup more like a stew, you could add two cans of northern beans or two cans of cannellini beans (be sure to rinse and drain them) when you add the broth and tomatoes. Note, though, that it will no longer be a low-carb soup.

If you have extra kale in your fridge, you could use that in place of spinach. Be sure to chop it before adding it to the soup pot.

If needed, you could use chicken stock in place of chicken broth.

Bowl of creamy Tuscan chicken soup.
Bowl of soup with chicken, bacon, and spinach.

Creamy Tuscan Chicken Soup Recipe

This soul-soothing dish is full of creamy goodness, tender chicken, and flavorful Italian spices. Don't forget to sprinkle on some freshly grated Parmesan cheese for an extra special touch.
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 367kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 pound chicken thighs boneless, skinless, cut into bite-size pieces
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 slices bacon diced
  • ½ cup onions diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 14.5 ounces petite diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for serving (optional)

Instructions

  • Melt the butter in a stockpot over medium-high heat. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Cook the chicken and bacon until the chicken is browned on both sides and the bacon is cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the onions and garlic and cook until the onions are tender, about 5 minutes. Pour in the broth and tomatoes, then stir in the parsley, basil, oregano, and paprika. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in the spinach and cream and cook until the spinach is wilted and the cream is heated through, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Notes

Recipe excerpted from Let’s Celebrate: A Low-Carb Cookbook for Year-Round Entertaining by the bestselling author of Southern Keto, Natasha Newton. Copyright 2023 and reprinted with permission.
This recipe can be made up to 2 days ahead. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat in a stockpot over low heat.
Nutrition information is an estimate and does not include the optional Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 367kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 727mg | Potassium: 517mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1772IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 2mg
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Let’s Celebrate by Natasha Newton

Let’s Celebrate cookbook.

Natasha Newton has been creating low-carb and keto-friendly recipes since 2014. In Let’s Celebrate: A Low-Carb Cookbook for year-Round Entertaining, she shares how to create delicious meals to nourish your family and friends.

It’s a gorgeous full-color cookbook with pictures that will make you want to host a low-carb party! In addition to 8 chapters of recipes, Natasha included:

  • a checklist for planning a party, themed menu ideas,
  • a potluck sign-up sheet that you can make copies of and use to make sure everything is covered,
  • templates showing you how to set a table,
  • a section on serving pieces and decor,
  • a note about food safety and storage, 
  • information about hosting a low-carb happy hour,
  • ideas for creating a carb-conscious charcuterie,
  • notes on shopping for ingredients, and
  • a list of her favorite kitchen equipment.

This book is perfect for those who are trying to keep their carbs to a minimum without sacrificing flavor or fun. Recipes range from appetizers to desserts with everything in between and feature the author’s distinct Southern style.

Look for it at your local bookstore or get it at Amazon.com. (The book is set to release on January 10, 2023.

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