I love this recipe because
- it uses simple ingredients that can be easily substituted. For example, I use Italian seasoning in place of marjoram.
- it takes little effort to prepare and thus save time and encourages me to make homemade food rather than process food such as can soup
- it is SOOOO tasty
Chicken & Spinach Soup with Fresh Pesto
From EatingWell: September/October 2009
This fragrant, Italian-flavored soup takes advantage of quick-cooking ingredients—boneless, skinless chicken breast, bagged baby spinach and canned beans. It features a simple homemade basil pesto swirled in at the end to add a fresh herb flavor. If you are very pressed for time, you can substitute 3 to 4 tablespoons of a store-bought basil pesto.
62 Reviews for Chicken & Spinach Soup with Fresh Pesto
I love this recipe because
Rich, potently flavors, thus satisfying. The richness struck me in a heavy sort of way, but pesto usually strikes me that way, so I shouldn't be surprised. Actually, I thought that, with this being a soup, the pesto aspect might be lighter *to me* - but it wasn't. Anyway, I can't eat much pesto at one time, but with this soup, that doesn't matter. The potent richness is very filling indeed. Hubs knows that I'm working towards meals with less meat, more beans, and loads of greens; and agrees that's a good idea in spite of his natural inclination to run the other direction! His first bite of this soup? He said that it was good, but that he was going to be slow about giving his opinion about this being a 'regular' in our new food line up. In the end, he affirmed that this was good enough for him. He's not what I used to think of as a meat and potatoes guy. Rather, he's a hamburger and fry kind of guy (oh, and pizza and etc.). So this is a big stretch for him. But he was apparently pleased. Not all of the things I try *&* like fly with him, but this did after he gave it some time. Thanks 'eatingwell'! One more good meal for our monthly lineup!
Flavoursome, quick and easy to eat. Family loved it!
Followed recipe exactly except added both carrots and 1 small red pepper and 1 small yellow pepper. Easy and quick but the marjoram is so overpowering that I had to add more broth and a alrge sprinkle of grated parmesan to each bowl to be able to stand it and it is still too strong. I am the only one in my family eating it. I only had ground marjoram so I must need it for some recipe but I bought dried marjoram as I did not know how to convert measurements. Now I don't know what I will do with all the marjoram as obviously we do not like it. I will make the soup again only using 1/3 of the marjoram (or just a sprinkle) and maybe some thyme instead as the recipe appealed to me and it really was easy even making the pesto.
I used store bought pesto and used the carrots and red peppers and also some onions. I didn't have marjoram so I used a little thyme instead and also added a little bit of orzo pasta. Substituted kale for spinach because that was what was in the fridge. This recipe is delicious and healthy..even the hubby loved it while watching football!