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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.



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Chicken & Spinach Soup with Fresh Pesto Recipe

62 Reviews for Chicken & Spinach Soup with Fresh Pesto

05/05/2011
Oh So GOOD!

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.

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04/27/2011
Tasty!

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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01/22/2011
This was really good!

First recipe I've tried from this site and it was great!I made this with just a couple of changes. I used 2 T ready to use minced basil (comes in a tube). I mixed it with olive oil and parm cheese. I also added about 2 T chopped fresh basil to the soup just before serving. I am watching calories so I didn't use the bread but topped it off my bowl with 1T parm. cheese.

Healthy!
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01/14/2011
ONLY w/the Croutons

I tried this soup without the croutons and thought it was fairly bland. But i did made homemade, large croutons out of rosemary bread and they made a big difference in the texture and flavor of this soup. The small amount of chicken makes this budget friendly, i think it was plenty in ration to the other ingredients too. Store-bought pesto will be more oily so keep that in mind if you substitute it. A play on Italian chicken and dumplings if you will.

homemade croutons, fast, budget friendly
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01/06/2011
Delightful winter's meal!

I originally used turkey breast for this soup which worked just as well as chicken. We also made a batch of pesto in the late summer and froze it into cubes. I just tossed one of the cubes into the soup at the end and it was both delicious and super fast.

I would also recommend taking five minutes and making garlicky croutons. Just toss some wheat bread (cut into cubes) with some minced garlic and a little olive oil and toast. It really is a delightful touch!

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