Super-healthy vegetables bathe in a bowl of low-kilojoule chicken soup in this easy recipe.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 leek, white part only, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon
  • 7 cups salt-reduced chicken stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup bow-tie (farfalle) pasta (see variation)
  • 2 chicken breast fillets, trimmed, thinly sliced
  • 2 zucchini, halved lengthways, sliced
  • 150g sugar snap peas, trimmed (see note)


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add leek and cook for 5 minutes or until soft but not coloured.
  2. Cut 4 wide strips of lemon rind, avoiding white pith. Add rind, stock and water to saucepan. Increase heat to high and bring to the boil.
  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta in a separate saucepan of salted boiling water until tender. Drain.
  4. Add pasta, chicken, zucchini and peas to stock. Return to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer gently for 3 minutes or until vegetables are just tender and chicken is cooked through.
  5. Remove lemon rind from soup. Ladle soup into bowls. Season and serve.