This main course soup is a real keeper! So divinely delicious, it combines light Alfredo sauce, baby spinach, chicken, and 3 cheese tortellini. My husband loved it so much he first had it for lunch but wanted it again for dinner. So quick to make it’s wonderful for a weeknight meal and fabulous enough for company. Each huge and satisfying main course serving has 324 calories 11 grams of fat and 7 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints and 9 Green.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
2 tablespoons reduced-fat butter or Smart Balance Light
1 cup onions, chopped
2 teaspoons fresh garlic, minced
6 cups Swansons reduced-sodium chicken broth, I like Swanson’s
1 (15 ounce) jar Alfredo sauce, I use Classico or Ragu, See shopping tips
1 cup fat-free sour cream
2 cups cooked chicken, cut into bite-size pieces
1 (9 oz) package Buitoni refrigerated three-cheese tortellini, see shopping tips
1 (6 oz) bag fresh baby spinach
Ground black pepper, to taste
6 teaspoons Parmesan cheese, grated (optional for topping)
1. Cook onions in microwave for 2 minutes to soften. In a large nonstick pot, melt butter. Stir in softened onions and garlic. Cook until onions are translucent, about 3 minutes. Stir often. Stir in chicken broth and Alfredo sauce. Cook over medium heat until heated through, about 3-5 minutes. Stir in sour cream and cooked chicken; simmer for 10 minutes. Mix cheese tortellini into chicken mixture, cover pot and simmer for 10 minutes. Mix in spinach, cover and continue to simmer for 2 additional minutes. Check cheese tortellini for doneness. You want it al dente (cooked just enough to retain a somewhat firm texture)
2. Ladle 2 cups soup into each bowl and sprinkle each with 1 teaspoon of Parmesan cheese, if desired.
Makes 6 main-course servings. Each serving, 2 cups.
Look for Classico Light Alfredo Sauce or Ragu for this recipe. It’s shelf-stable and found in the pasta sauce aisle. There are other brands available if you can’t these two.
I used Buitoni 3 Cheese Refrigerated Tortellini. It’s fresh pasta and is found in the refrigerated section of most supermarkets. There are other brands if you can’t find this one. And sometimes I use Trader Joe’s Cheese Tortellini.
WW FreeStyle SmartPoints 7-Blue
WW SmartPoints 9-Green
WW Points Plus 8
|SKINNY FACTS: for 2 cup serving
326 calories, 11g fat, 4g sat. fat, 80mg chol, 23g prot, 33g carbs, 2g fiber, 1130mg sod, 7g sugar
|FACTS: for FreeStyle SmartPoints
133 calories, 0g sat. fat, 24g sugar, 0g protein