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 Recipe

62 Reviews for Chicken & Spinach Soup with Fresh Pesto

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 1 year 9 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 1 year 12 weeks 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!?


Flavoursome, quick and easy to eat. Family loved it!

Used my own home made pesto and didnt add carrots or peppers.great recipe - quick and easy.,
Too much marjoram

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.

Easy quick nutritious

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!


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