This soup is so creamy and full of vegetables that it’s almost a stew, yet has the rich flavor of the classic comfort-food soup.
1 (49.5-ounce) can fat-free chicken broth
1 pound chicken breast, skinless and boneless
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 1/4 cups onion, diced
1 1/2 cups carrots, peeled and diced
1 cup celery, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1 cup frozen green peas
2 cups cooked egg noodles
1/2 cup low-fat (1 percent) milk
1/2 cup fat-free half & half
1) Place two cups broth and chicken breast in a skillet, cover, and simmer over medium heat until chicken is just cooked through, turning once, approximately 15 minutes. Set chicken aside to cool, then dice. Save broth.
2) In a large, nonstick saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrots, celery, and garlic and cook until onion is transparent, approximately 5 minutes. Sprinkle vegetables with flour, oregano, poultry seasoning, and salt. Toss to coat. Continue to stir gently for 1 minute.
3) Add broth from cooked chicken and remaining broth to vegetable mixture, cover, and reduce heat to medium. Gently simmer for 15 minutes, or until carrots are tender. Add diced chicken, thyme, and peas and simmer for 2 minutes or until peas are heated through. Add noodles, milk, and half & half, stir, and heat until steaming, but not boiling. Remove from heat and serve. Makes 8 servings.
Nutritional Analysis per serving: 215 Calories; 17 percent fat (4 grams); 1 gram saturated fat; 41 percent protein; 42 percent carbohydrate; 3.2 grams fiber.