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.
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.
64 Reviews for Chicken & Spinach Soup with Fresh Pesto
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!
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!
This was AMAZING! My (Italian) fiance couldn't believe how flavorful it was and that is always a compliment! I had only frozen chicken breast so I poached that separately before adding it to the broth and also added brown rice since I didn't have croutons on hand. The pesto was really easy-I added a little extra garlic here-and thought it made the soup. I wouldn't skip the pesto!
I really liked this. I can't wait to try variations on it. I didn't use any croutons to cut down on unnecessary carbs, but me and my carnivorous unhealthy food-loving fiance ate this up. I doubled the recipe because I had to use the chicken I had, and took extra soup into the office and everyone loved it. Will definitely make again. What a healthy alternative to your everyday chicken noodle!