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Chicken Soup Florentine

Chicken Soup FlorentineInspired by classic Chicken Florentine recipes, this light and flavorful Instant Pot soup brings unique elements of its own.

Pureed white beans and a chunk of Parmesan rind contribute to its creaminess, while a bit of baby arugula introduces an interesting peppery green note to the overall flavor profile. The result is a delicious combination you’ll want to make again and again.

For a slightly bolder flavor, try substituting economical boneless, skinless chicken thighs to the chicken breasts – just be sure to trim and remove any excess fat first.

Tip: To save time on busy weeknights, soak the sundried tomatoes in advance.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes + time to come to pressure
Serves: 4

Ingredients:
½ cup sundried tomatoes (not packed in oil)
2 cup water
2 15-oz cans cannellini beans
1/3 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 small red onion, chopped small
3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
4 cup chicken broth
8 oz white mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
4” Parmesan cheese rind
2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1½ lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
1 cup baby spinach
1 cup baby arugula
½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus additional for serving

Directions

1. Place the sundried tomatoes in 2 cups water and set aside. Let soak until softened, about 30 minutes, then chop into small pieces. Reserve the soaking liquid and set aside.

2. Rinse and drain one can of cannellini beans, and puree the other with its liquid in a blender or food processor. Set aside.

3. Remove heavy cream from the refrigerator and set aside at room temperature until the soup is done cooking – this will prevent the cream from curdling when added to the hot soup later.

4. Add olive oil to Instant Pot and press the “Sauté” button. Set the heat setting to high and add the onion and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft and translucent, approximately 4-5 minutes.

5. Add chicken broth and scrape any brown bits off the bottom of the container, then add the chopped sundried tomatoes and soaking liquid, the whole and pureed white beans, mushrooms, cheese rind, and Italian seasoning. Season with salt and black pepper to taste, and stir to combine.

6. Submerge the chicken breasts in the liquid and add lid. Securely lock into position and set the pressure value to the “Sealing” position.

7. Press the “Manual” button and adjust heat setting to high. Then, adjust the cook time to 10 minutes. After a brief pause, the Instant Pot will automatically start building pressure.

8. When cook time is complete, allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then flip the pressure value to “Venting” to release any remaining steam.

9. Carefully open lid and add spinach, arugula, heavy cream, and grated Parmesan cheese. Stir until the greens are wilted and the cheese is completely melted. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.

10. Serve immediately with additional grated Parmesan cheese.

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