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


I have a lot of basil left over in my garden, so I definitely know what I'm going to be doing with it...making pesto and freezing it so I can make this soup for the upcoming cold months!
The only thing I had to change in this recipe was the marjoram. I didn't have any, so I substituted 1/2 tsp. oregano and 1/4 tsp. thyme. Oh, and I did add one more can of beans just because I wanted it to be a little thicker.
Please give this a try. It is so worth it, IMO.

Noir a winner

The soup wasn't a hit at our house. It wasn't bad, but it just didn't wow me with flavor as do 99.9% of recipes from Eating Well. Oh well.

Easy to prepare

It was absolutely wonderful. This is the very first recipe I have tried from this site. My household likes more spice, so I added about a tablespoon of Crushed Red Pepper. I also added more spinach and chicken than it called for to make it more hearty. The flavor was amazing, and I will definitely be making this again.

Healthy, Filling, Tasty

This was amazing! I made this for lunch for my 2 year old daughter and myself. Added chopped asparagus, red bell pepper and carrot. Wonderful!! My daughter ate it and asked for seconds. Great way to get in the veggies.


I did use store-bought basil pesto because that's what I had, but it was really good! I'm not too big on soups to begin with, but I really liked the beans in this for added protein. The only thing I did different was cut up the chicken into small pieces before cooking. That way, it sped up cooking time and it gave some nice browning on more sides of each piece of chicken. Also, we didn't have any croutons to use, so we just skipped that. I would definitely make again!


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