January 6th, 2016

Creamy Chicken Orzo Pesto Soup

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I’m sure I’ve said it before, but a quick, hearty soup is my favorite meal for a busy winter’s night. And this Creamy Chicken Orzo Pesto Soup is a new family favorite.

Creamy Chicken Orzo Pesto Soup

I’ve made this soup at least three times this month and there are never any leftovers. Best of all, it couldn’t be any easier!

A shredded rotisserie chicken is perfect to use in this recipe, but feel free to cook your own, or even use leftovers.

I used the refrigerated Buitoni pesto in this recipe and it’s just the right amount. And the pesto adds so much unique flavor to this soup.

It’s a great addition that turns a regular chicken noodle soup into something special.

Creamy Chicken Orzo Pesto Soup

This was one of those meals where if you wanted a second helping, you had to be quick, because this soup went fast!

All you need is a loaf of crusty bread and you’ve got the perfect meal for a chilly evening.

Be sure to save this quick and easy soup recipe to your favorite Pinterest board for later.

Creamy Chicken Orzo Pesto Soup

Creamy Chicken Orzo Pesto Soup

Preparation 5 min Cook Time 25 min Total Time 30 mins

Orzo, chicken and vegetables in a creamy pesto broth.


  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups cooked, shredded chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups orzo, uncooked
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3/4 cups prepared basil pesto
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a large soup pot, bring broth to a boil over medium high heat. Add carrots, garlic, chicken and orzo and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until orzo is just tender.
  2. Stir in cream, lemon juice and pesto and continue to simmer for another 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soup has thickened slightly. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
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Who Dished It Up First: This is an original recipe.



  1. I don’t see the Orzo in your list of ingredients, would love to try this looks wonderful!

  2. I just made this, and it’s utterly delicious!


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