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."
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.
65 Reviews for Chicken & Spinach Soup with Fresh Pesto
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!
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
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!