Chicken & Spinach Soup with Fresh Pesto

September/October 2009

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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.

"OMG. This is the first Recipe that I've tried from this Website and I have to say it's absolutely amazing! My family just loved this dish and the flavor and taste was awsome! I will be making this dish more often this winter! "
Chicken & Spinach Soup with Fresh Pesto

65 Reviews for Chicken & Spinach Soup with Fresh Pesto

Even my picky 6 year old love this!

This is a healthy, easy to prepare soup. I love that it is a way to get green vegetables into my family's meal. This is one of the best meals my 6 year old says he has ever tasted. He had NO desire to even try it and looked for negative comments to try and make a case for NOT eating it. After half a bowl, he asked if he could write a response because "it is sooooo much better than I thought it would be."

quick, healthy, tastes great
Easy and Yummy

This is very tasty and easy to make. Even the 11-year old liked it...spinach and all.
I cut out the majoram and cooked it longer than suggested. The pesto makes this dish awesome.


I added extra carrots and I simmered the soup for quite a bit longer than the recipe called for.... to really bring out all of the flavors. Besides that, I stuck to the recipe and the soup turned out fantastic! My husband and I both loved it! I sent the recipe to my sister to try!

Quick and easy!
Flavourful, easy to make

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

simple ingredients, quick preparation
Potent Richness

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!

Good nutrition. Can prep chicken, pesto, & beans ahead and have them in the freezer for a quick meal
Comments (2)


Laurel_78 wrote 2 years 50 weeks ago

Sooo good. I added about 1-3

Sooo good. I added about 1-3 cup of orzo, some chopped fresh garlic and i used some sprigs of herbs out of the garden eg. oregano, tarragon, thyme.
Also, instead of crutons I toasted some artisan garlic bread, heaped some pesto on top and broiled it.!!

Anonymous wrote 3 years 6 days ago

Ack no edit function? I'd

Ack no edit function? I'd love to take that 'ly' off of the second adjective........ I really do know it's not an adverb! So if one of you at eating well gets wind of this, feel free to edit those couple of letters!?

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