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 9 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.
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 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.
Weight Watchers SmartPoints 9
Weight Watchers 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 SmartPoints
307 calories, 4g sat. fat, 6g sugar, 22g protein