Easy Chicken Pesto Soup

Easy Chicken Pesto Soup

January 12, 2024

National Soup Month – Week 2

Busy work days do not have to end up with takeout in front of the television – although it often happens in our home. After a quick stop at the supermarket, you can pull together this delicious soup in about 20 minutes.

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A quick stop at the market

Assuming you have ingredients like carrots, chicken broth, pasta, and parmesan cheese in your fridge and pantry, make a quick stop for the remaining items and you will be ready to go. You will need:

  • A rotisserie chicken
  • Jarred pesto
  • Pre-washed baby spinach
  • Crusty loaf of bread to serve with the soup

And that’s it.

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Bring it all together

First thing to do when you get home is get the chicken broth into a pot and heating on the stove. While the broth is heating up, peel and slice your carrot and shred the chicken breast.

Once the broth is boiling, it’s a matter of adding ingredients at the right time – carrot and pasta first; chicken, baby spinach, and pesto last – and in about 15 minutes you’ll have a tasty, satisfying dinner.

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Easy Chicken Pesto Soup

Easy Chicken Pesto Soup

  • Author: She’s Almost Always Hungry
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This twist on the classic chicken noodle soup takes advantage of supermarket shortcuts for an easy weeknight meal.



6 cups low sodium chicken broth

1 carrot sliced into thin disks

½ cup orzo (or other small pasta like ditalini or stelline)

8 ounces baby spinach

2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken breast

2 tablespoon pesto, homemade or store-bought

Parmesan cheese, for serving


In a large pot, bring the broth to a boil.

Add the sliced carrots and orzo and cook for 8 minutes.*

Add the baby spinach and shredded chicken. Allow to heat through, about 2 minutes. Stir in the pesto. Adjust for seasoning as needed.

Ladle into bowls and top with parmesan cheese. Serve with crusty bread.


*Depending on the brand and type of pasta used, you may need to adjust the time (see the package directions).

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Soups
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 379.93
  • Sugar: 1.78 g.
  • Sodium: 1317.19 mg.
  • Fat: 14.91 g.
  • Saturated Fat: 4.38 g.
  • Carbohydrates: 18.38 g.
  • Fiber: 2.4 g.
  • Protein: 42.77 g.
  • Cholesterol: 119.26 mg.

Keywords: rotisserie chicken, pesto, orzo

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