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Pesto Chicken Noodle Soup

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This Pesto Chicken Noodle Soup is perfect for busy weeknights. Simple to prepare and full of great flavor!
Pesto Chicken Noodle Soup

There’s nothing like a warm bowl of soup simmering on the stove ready for dinner. I’m kind of in love with this new soup I developed last week. It’s ย got so much flavor you won’t believe how little time it takes to prepare. Weeknight dinners can be so stressful, which is why I love new fast soup recipes!

You’ve got a few options depending on how much time you have. I used the Costo canned chicken this time, you can bake your own chicken or even shred a rotisserie chicken.

You can even look for pre-chopped vegetables. I can find mine at Trader Joe’s but have seen them at the regular grocery store as well. Makes for a speedy soup!

Pesto Chicken Noodle Soup

Gorgeous chopped veggies ready for the soup.

Pesto Chicken Noodle Soup

Saute those veggies. Once they are softened, add the rest of the ingredients and let simmer until ready to serve. Mmm!

Pesto Chicken Noodle Soup

I love using the Ditalini pasta. You can also use spaghetti noodles or any other small pasta you prefer. Enjoy!

Pesto Chicken Noodle Soup


Pesto Chicken Noodle Soup

Pesto Chicken Noodle SoupPrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 20 min | Total time: 30 min


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup finely diced white onion
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 cup diced mild green pepper
  • 3 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 32 ounces reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 4 oz jar prepared pesto
  • 4 cups cooked ditalini pasta or other small pasta of your choice
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Place oil in large dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Saute onions, carrots and celery until softened about 10 minutes stirring frequently.
  2. Stir in cooked chicken, chicken broth, pesto, cooked pasta, garlic salt and pepper. Simmer on low until ready to serve.

Makes 8 Servings


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  1. 1

    Pesto is great with everything but I’ve never thought of adding it to soup. My life just got better!

  2. 2
    Karen says:

    Easy! Looks delicious and I almost always have the ingredients on hand. Thank you for sharing this now…it is really cold and this is the season where you need quick meals and also great comfort food!

  3. 3

    What a comforting soup!! I LOVE adding pesto into unexpected things…such a great flavor. Definitely going to try this one!

  4. 4

    i agree – when it’s chilly out there is nothing better than soup! Gorgeous!!

  5. 5

    Oh Jenny! That looks heavenly!!

  6. 6

    Such a healthy & warming soup. Love the pesto!

  7. 7
    Aggie says:

    Ditalini reminds me of childhood, my grandparents always cooked up that pasta for us! This soup is one that I need today…would warm me up (it actually got really really cold in FL!). I love the added pesto!

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    Verna Anderson says:

    This sounds so comforting, and yummy. Did you use the whole can of Costco chicken, or if you are doing your own chicken, how much? This soup has got to be wonderful, and I love that it is not an all day kind to make.

  9. 9

    I adore chicken noodles soup! Love the addition of pesto in this! Can’t wait to try!

  10. 10

    perfect dinner! I just love that you added pesto!!

  11. 11

    How much chicken did you use? I don’t see it listed in the ingredients.

  12. 12
    chris bennett says:

    Jenny- how much chicken do you recommend using??? Thanks….this soup sounds delicious!!

  13. 13
    naomi says:

    Such a great idea to add pesto to chicken noodle soup for flavor!

  14. 14

    The best kind of soup to cozy up with!

  15. 15

    YUM! I love hearty, quick weeknight meals — this soup is totally up my alley!!

  16. 16

    Girl we are on the same page! I just made turkey noodle soup and it is exactly what I want to be eating right now. Love the pesto idea!

  17. 17

    I am loving that pesto!! What a great idea ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m also going crazy over those ditalini….they’re so cute!

  18. 18
    Becca says:

    I ALWAYS use Costco canned chicken in soups!

  19. 19
    Maria says:

    Love the pesto addition!

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    This looks like something I’d love – anything pesto is amazing!

  22. 22
    Gaby says:

    This is comfort food at it’s best! I want a bowl right now!!!

  23. 23

    I love the idea of “jazzing up” a classic soup. This looks great! Perfect for cold weeknights.

  24. 24
    Cindy R says:

    Went home and made this last night. Very good!! Will definitely make again.

  25. 25

    What an easy but hearty and delicious soup!

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  27. 27

    I love that you added pesto to this soup! What a delish idea!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Angela P says:

    Do you have a favorite brand of Pesto? I love pesto but never bought it in a jar before.
    Thanks, this soup looks amazing!

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