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

64 Reviews for Chicken & Spinach Soup with Fresh Pesto

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!

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.


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