Chicken and White Bean Soup with Greens

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/4 cups thinly sliced leeks, white part only
1 large garlic clove, crushed
1/2 cup (1/4-inch-thick) slices carrot
6 cups reduced-sodium, fat-free chicken broth
1 1/2 cups skinless, boneless, shredded, rotisserie chicken
1 (2-inch) fresh rosemary sprig
1 (19-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup packed roughly chopped fresh kale
1 cup packed baby spinach
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

1. Heat oil in a stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add leeks and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, 3–4 minutes or until tender but not browned. Add carrots, and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add broth, chicken, and rosemary; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes, skimming occasionally.
2. Add beans and kale, and simmer for about 5 minutes more. Add spinach, and cook 2–3 minutes more or until tender. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Remove rosemary sprig and garlic clove. Ladle soup into 6 warm bowls; sprinkle each with 1/2 teaspoon parsley.

Yield: Makes 6 servings (serving size: 1 1/3 cups)

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