4 In Italian Inspired/ Meals

Mediterranean Vegetable & Chicken Stew

This is an amazing stew/soup that works for the entire family. It’s healthy and perfect for a weekday night.

For the kids I have included a modification on how to serve it listed in the directions. They like to call it Spider Man soup. My son came up with this name when he was little and it stuck.

Vegetarian Note: Omit the chicken and use vegetable stock and you still have a tasty soup.

Servings 8

What you will need:

Short Cuts From the Freezer Section or prepared area in the grocery store:
1 bag of chopped onions or 1 container of chopped white onions from the prepared produce area
1 bag of pepper strips (red and green bell peppers)

8 pieces of Skinless Chicken breast or tenders
1 Cup of Chopped White Onion (or frozen bag)
1/2 Cup of Chopped Red Bell Pepper (or frozen bag mix)
1/2 Cup of Chopped Green Bell Pepper (or frozen bag mix)
1 Tablespoon of All-purpose Flour
2 Each Chicken Bouillon Cubes or 2 teaspoons
2 Cans of Crushed Tomatoes (Use San Marzano Style to get the best flavor)
2 Medium Zucchini Sliced
1/2 cup chopped Italian Flat Leaf Parsley
1 teaspoon of minced garlic
Salt & Pepper to taste

For the Pasta:
1 box of Ancini di Pepe
Salt and Olive Oil

For the Topping:
1 container or wedge of parmigiano cheese to sprinkle or grate over the stew.

Steps to prepare:

For the Stew:
1. In a big pot or dutch oven saute the onion in olive oil and add the Italian Parsley and 1 teaspoon of minced garlic until onions are translucent (stir continuously moving the garlic around so it doesn’t burn)

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2. Add the green and red bell peppers

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3. Add the zucchini slices and the tablespoon of flour mix together

4. Continue to saute for 5 minutes

5. Add the tomatoes and 2 bouillon cubes and bring to a boil

add tomatoes

6. Saute the chicken tenders until cooked

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7. Next cut the chicken up into cubes

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8. Add the chicken cubes to the stew

9. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for about 30 minutes stirring occasionally

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For the Pasta:
1. Bring a pot of water to boil
2. Add the box of Ancini di Pepe
3. Add salt & boil for 9 minutes
4. Drain the pasta and put it back in the pot
5. Mix the pasta with about a tablespoon of olive oil

How the kids like it:
1. Take the stew and puree it until everything is blended

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2. Pour pureed stew over pasta and mix together add some of the liquid from the stew to the pasta

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3. Then sprinkle with parmigiano cheese and it’s ready to serve

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    platanos
    May 25, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    I like this dish and the variations.

  • Reply
    Anna
    January 13, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Love this dish! I love the kiddie variation too…My nephews will love spiderman soup, I bet even my hubby will too. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    Michelle
    February 19, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    The pictures look good :) One question though– what are chicken tenders? Do you mean chicken breasts?

    • Reply
      Carrie Pacini
      February 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      @Michelle Chicken tenders are smaller and flatter pieces of chicken breast that doesn’t include bones or skin.

      You can also get chicken breast and slice them for the soup.

      I like to use chicken tenders since they are smaller and a thinner cut and not as thick as a chicken breast.

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