5-Ingredient Pesto Chicken Soup

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Whoa.  I just realized that 2 weeks from today, I will be in Italy!  Italia!!!

(Oh yeah, and today I also just realized when reading my flight confirmation email that I fly out next Tuesday instead of Wednesday, the date I’d had in my mind for months.  Tiny detail.  ;))

Still, assuming I catch the correct plane and actually make it across the pond, I cannot wait to be in Europe!  I will be spending a few days in Austria, then a week in Germany, and then my sister and I are going to cap off the trip with four days in Florence.  She’s an art teacher and is happily planning our artistic itinerary.  And me?  You’d better believe this food blogger is planning a mega food tour around the region.  I have a list of recommended places to visit from friends, which include everything from fresh pasta…to gelato…to pizza…to gelato…to espresso…to gelato…to paninis…to local wine…to gelato…oh, and maybe some more gelato.  It’s going to be magnifico.

So to (ahem) get my palate in the Italian spirit before leaving, I have been doing the hard work of making and eating endless batches of fresh homemade pesto.  And one of the recipes I have re-fallen in love with is an oldie but goodie from the blog archives that I am renaming this 5-Ingredient Basil Chicken Soup.  It’s basically like the Italian version of my favorite 5-Ingredient White Chicken Chili.  And oh man, it is a winner.

5-Ingredient Pesto Chicken Soup -- seriously one of the best soups I've ever had! | gimmesomeoven.com

The old recipe that I had on the blog was just a simple spinach and white bean soup with pesto swirled in.  But hey, something about chicken soup is always all the more comforting, right?  So I decided to update the recipe with some shredded chicken stirred in, and the result was basically a 5-ingredient Italian version of my favorite Mexican soup.

And oh my goodness, just like the Mexi version, this soup could not be easier to make.

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I have to say, though, this soup will rise or fall on the quality of your pesto.  If you’re in a hurry, you can buy the store-bought stuff.  (And if you do, the brand I genuinely recommend is DeLallo.  This is not a sponsored post.  It is just the best I’ve tried, times a hundred.)  But if you have a few extra minutes, I highly recommend pulling the food processor out and making a batch of my homemade pesto recipe.  It’s classic, it is simple to make, and it is unbelievably good when made with fresh basil.

Actually, you can use any sort of pesto for this recipe — kale pesto, arugula pesto, pistachio pesto, etc.  But if you want to go classic, basil pesto will never fail.  :)

5-Ingredient Pesto Chicken Soup -- seriously one of the best soups I've ever had! | gimmesomeoven.com

To make the soup, simply stir together your first four ingredients — chicken stock, shredded cooked chicken, spinach and white beans — in a saucepan.  Then bring them to a simmer.  Stir in your pesto, and cook it for a few extra minutes.  And then serve!!5-Ingredient Pesto Chicken Soup -- seriously one of the best soups I've ever had! | gimmesomeoven.com

I like mine topped with some extra freshly-grated Parmesan, and served with crusty bread.  And I like to go back for seconds on this one, because it is just too good.

So if you’re looking for a quick meal, or a use for some leftover pesto, or even just a new take on comforting chicken soup, I genuinely can’t recommend this recipe enough.  So, SO good.

Cheers to great Italian food!

5-Ingredient Pesto Chicken Soup -- seriously one of the best soups I've ever had! | gimmesomeoven.com


5-Ingredient Pesto Chicken Soup

  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 0 About 4 servings 1x


This 5-Ingredient Pesto Chicken Soup is super quick and easy to make. Plus it is full of the most amazing flavor!



  • 4 cups good-quality chicken stock
  • 3 handfuls (about 3 cups) fresh spinach
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 2 (14 ounce) cans Great Northern or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/3 cup pesto
  • optional topping: grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Stir together chicken stock, spinach, chicken, beans in a medium saucepan. Cook over high heat until the soup reaches a simmer. Then reduce heat to medium, stir in the pesto, and let the soup continue to simmer for 2 minutes.
  2. Serve warm, topped with Parmesan cheese if desired.

5-Ingredient Pesto Chicken Soup -- seriously one of the best soups I've ever had! | gimmesomeoven.com

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131 comments on “5-Ingredient Pesto Chicken Soup”

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  2. Made this last night when we had guests over. Everyone loved it! I doubled the recipe (used 3 chicken breasts lightly seasoned with salt and pepper), added a little extra pesto and salt to taste. Seriously fantastic — definitely adding this to our favorites list! 

    Thanks for yet another fabulous recipe!

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  7. My husband and I are addicted to this soup! It’s easy, fast, flavorful and simply delicious. Thank you for sharing this!

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  9. Made this tonight- it was so yummy, and incredibly easy! I used ground Italian chicken sausage instead and added a cup or two of frozen corn. Served it with garlic bread too. It was a huge hit. Will definitely be saving it for soup season next year too. 

    • Thanks Caitlyn, and I bet it was awesome — I love that you added corn to it, I’ll have to try that next time!

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  11. Lovely soup! Thank you for this article, sorry I can’t give you photos and really sorry that I can’t transfer the taste!
    So So So nice, if you have more Italian soups like this one, please share!!!!!

  12. Making this as a teacher gift with homemade focaccia and thanks for being a souper teacher cards! You think the spinach is okay cooled and reheated tomorrow for their lunches? Don’t wsmt it to get slimey. Thanks!

  13. Can I substitute stock for broth? I only have stock on hand.

  14. Wow, I never thought this would be so easy. Trying this as soon as can! :)

  15. Definately a keeper. I added an extra cup of broth one small potatoe and one small sweet potato. No chicken. The basil pesto makes it.

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  18. This was just GREAT.

  19. This is by far my go to soup now. I’m obsessed & have passed it along to friends who are as well.  I substitute the spinach for kale and add a little extra – with red pepper flakes it’s the most amazing pesto spice bomb I’ve ever had. Thank you!! 

    • That’s so great to hear Liza! We’re happy you and your friends are fans! :D

  20. Thanks so much for another fabulous recipe!  I have loved all of yours and this was sooo easy and Delish!

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  23. Absolutely love this soup! SUPER easy to make and seriously SO good. I’m a big onion lover so I added some white onion to mine for a little extra flavor.

  24. Could I do this in the crockpot? Any changes that would require?

    • Hi Karyn, we think you could (probably on low for 4-6 hrs), though we honestly think the stove-top method is just as easy (since it’s essentially throw everything in one pot and cook)! :) Either way, we hope you enjoy!

  25. Thank you all so much! This was super delicious and ridiculously easy to make. Made it for myself & my sis after a long day & we both loved it! The pesto adds such wonderful flavors! Thx again for sharing this.

    • We’re so glad to hear you two enjoyed it Jill! Thanks for giving the recipe a try! :)

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  29. How many calories do you think is in this soup?

    • Hi Judi! We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  30. Made this last night and it was SO GOOD. Holy cow. I can’t believe something so simple is so flavorful!!! Thanks for sharing. I emailed to all my friends.

    • We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Jami, and we appreciate you sharing the recipe with your friends! :D

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  32. I am the worst cook EVER !!! Timing of dinners is NOT what I do best. HOWEVER, this up made me cook like a rock star, and was SO easy, it did not impact the timing of the rest of my dinner. Everyone loved the soup, and is actually as easy as the directions imply!

  33. Hi. Just wanted to let you know that I tried your recipe and loved it! You can find my review of it on my blog at: https://confessionsaboutlife.com/

    Thanks for sharing such a simple, delicious recipe!

    • Thanks for letting us know, and for giving the recipe a try, Jacklyn! We appreciate you sharing it on your blog, and we’re happy to hear you enjoyed it! :)

  34. Sounds wonderful, will try

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  37. 5 stars
    GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We recently started eating gluten free, and this soup is GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. 5 stars
    Wow. So good!! Very easy. Luv it.

  39. 5 stars
    I have been making this since you first posted it. It’s one of my go-to soups when I want something really good, warm and easy. I’m actually making it tonight. When I came to peek at the recipe I figured it was time to leave a review. Definely one of my favorite recipes.

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  47. 5 stars
    Delicious. My grown daughter just bought a food processor and was anxious to make something like pesto. We found this recipe and combined her desire to blend with my desire for something new for dinner! We were delighted. Definitely adding this to a dinner time favorite. Thank you!

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  49. 5 stars
    I’ve been making this for years! So good! Occurred to me tonight to add some crumbled bacon- delish!! Thanks for such a great recipe!