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!
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.
65 Reviews for Chicken & Spinach Soup with Fresh Pesto
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!!
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!
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!
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.