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

Flavorful Hearty Soup

I love how easy and versatile this soup is! I brown Italian turkey sausage first, remove it from the pan, and then use the grease to brown an onion with 2 red bell peppers instead of using carrots. I then add the garlic and then the broth, but use about 2 cups more than called for to keep it soupy enough with all my additions. I also sub kale for spinach sometimes depending on the sales, and the beans are always a welcome ingredient. I also use store bought pesto, about 2-3 tbs, when basil isn't fresh at the store during the winter. Basically, this soup can be made into what you want and it's always great on a cool fall day for lunch or as a hearty dinner with bread on the side on a cold winter evening!

Healthy, Full of Veggies, Easy
Fresh, healthy and full of flavor!

This soup is awesome! I added both carrots and red pepper for color and more veggies although it only called for adding one or the other. Otherwise made exactly as directed. The fresh basil pesto is key! Drained and rinsed the beans before adding to reduce the sodium. Yum, yum, yum!!

SO easy and SO good!

This soup was awesome. So easy & quick. I made the pesto first to avoid stepping away while everything was on the stove and it worked out perfectly!

Healthy, clean, fast, easy, cheap
This is such a great soup!

I have now made this soup for 3 weeks straight. I stuck to the recipe which is so easy to follow and quick to make. When the first batch was gone, I found myself wanting to taste the flavors again, so I made it again and again and yes, today, again! I find soup is a good way to get veggies and helps me stick to my healthy eating habits. I do use buillion and broth which is a great combo, and add extra water to fill it out a bit. It freezes great too! Going to have a bowl now. Yum!

Light, flavorful, filling
Quick cooking time

Delicious! Just had for dinner. Skipped croutons. Had French bread on the side. Didn't have marjarom, used dried basil instead. Used fresh basil for pesto.

Healthy, delicious, doesn't take hours to cook, good looking
Comments (1)


Anonymous wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

Takes some chopping, grating

Takes some chopping, grating time but worth it.

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