Chicken, Cannellini, and Spinach Soup

Chicken, Cannellini, and Spinach Soup - Only 5 ingredients away from a quick and healthy soup. Especially good after a weekend of indulgence.

As I continue to grieve the loss of my mother, I can’t seem to focus on any one thing very long. Has anybody else experienced this? Seems like nothing is quite as important as it used to be, including cooking a good meal. But my life is not just about sadness these days.  Yesterday, our family was blessed with the birth of a brand new baby girl, born to my youngest son and his wife. God’s antidote for the hole in my heart couldn’t be more perfect or amazing.

One of my not-so-lofty goals in life is to build a library of quick and easy-on-the-waistline recipes for times like these. You know the drill – few ingredients, lots of healthy flavor, speedy assembly and dirty dishes that wash themselves. (I wish.)

I recently ran across this soup recipe, that seemed to fit these requirements, in the Parade newspaper supplement published February 2015. It appeared easy enough with only 5 ingredients, and calls for chicken stock made from the carcass of a rotisserie chicken as the base. You could substitute canned broth or bouillon cubes reconstituted with water. Personally, I prefer to make my own broth with rotisserie chicken and freeze it. Just know, the better your broth tastes, the better your soup will be.

The instructions suggest a dollop of pesto on top. You could leave that out, but I highly recommend it for increased flavor that makes this soup a homerun. In my opinion, the soup looks more appetizing if you stir the pesto into the soup instead of letting it float on top.

Chicken, Cannellini, and Spinach Soup
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4 servings
5 ingredients make this a light and healthy week-day chicken soup, especially after a weekend of indulgence.
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 (15-oz can) cannellini or white beans, drained
  • 4 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1-2 tablespoons pesto
  1. Heat first three ingredients.
  2. Add spinach leaves and cook until wilted.
  3. Stir in pesto. Serve hot.


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Barbara April 17, 2015 at 8:24 am

I understand. There is no cure for grief but time to adjust; one never fully gets over the empty space, but it does become smaller, and not quite so tender, and when a new grand baby arrives, one takes her place as the grandmother, which is a sweet place to be.

Thanks to you and your salads in a jar, I learned a whole new way to prepare for life’s unexpected jags. I had to take 5 months to heal from hand reconstruction surgery with a husband who cannot cook, and before that, being by his side for a heart attack, bypass surgery, and three months later, brain surgery. Without your help, I wouldn’t have had the meals to sustain me, and us, by having “Moms Meals, Ready To Eat” sealed in Food Saver bags and frozen as flat packages and stacked up like magazines. Meantime, said hubby broke my stove’s glass top, so we’ve had to get by with the slow cooker, microwave, and the stove’s oven, but again, I can cook, freeze, and save. I know your Mom was proud of you, and you can take comfort in that. After all, you have made life better for so many others. Take care, Paula.


Connie April 10, 2015 at 10:38 am

I am so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. I know she held a special place in your heart and you will miss her terribly. May memories of your precious mom replace some of the sadness during this difficult time. My love and prayers are with you.


Julie April 9, 2015 at 10:45 am

Yes, the inability to focus is something I experienced, too, and saw in a close friend when she was grieving both her mom and young husband’s deaths close together….It does subside. The new raw severity of the grief does soften, too. The sweetest memories eventually bring more comfort than tears, as well. I’m sure you know this, but I think sometimes when we are hurting most, it can feel like we will always feel this way, all the time.

Your soup sounds yummy and so comforting. The broth has such depth of color. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Praying for you….Julie


Jocelyn April 9, 2015 at 9:16 am

Paula I lost my own mother when I was in my 20’s. It was a very difficult time in my life, as none of my friends or relatives had lost their mothers. My own husbands mother passed away 3 years ago at the age of 91. It did take a long time to allow that hollow place to heal over. But you never really forget and there are times still when I miss my Mom a lot. Especially since she never knew her grandchildren. The Lord is able, however, to fill that void as you walk the path before you. Your experience will help someone else down the road. Trust that God will bring you peace with the blessed assurance that one day you will see your precious Mom again in heaven. Blessings to you.


Janet April 9, 2015 at 6:40 am

Dear Paula,
In response to your wondering if your inability to focus as usual is common while
grieving, I can admit to having experienced this after my Dad’s death in late 2013.
Little by little, we seem to adjust..returning to normal.

You are so right…that new baby girl will bring joy to your heart! The Good Lord always knows what we need, doesn’t He?

Give yourself permission to grieve and long for your Mom, but keep remembering the joy ahead when you will be reunited in Heaven for eternity….with no tears or troubles….You see, Paula, you still have work to do on earth…so just continue to be your sweet, kind, giving self and realize that time will take care of the rest. You just need time to adjust.

God bless you for all you do…you are in my prayers.


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