Pesto Chicken Macaroni Soup – Recipe Clippings

Soup | January 24, 2015 | By

This Pesto Chicken Macaroni Soup is my entry for the January Recipe Clippings blog event, read more about it on the Recipe Clippings page.  I haven’t quite got round to cutting out this recipe for future reference, it’s part of 10 ways with Chicken Soup in the February ‘Eat In’ magazine.  There’s a base soup recipe which you then change to make the different recipes, I chose to make the Pesto, Chicken, Macaroni Soup.  I replaced the macaroni with wholewheat fusilli and reduced the amount of pesto by half otherwise no changes. Pesto Chicken Macaroni Soup, a delicious meal in a bowl
Pesto, Chicken Macaroni Soup
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  1. Pesto, Chicken Macaroni Soup
  2. Serves 4
  3. 1 tbsp vegetable or olive oil
  4. 2 onions, thinly sliced
  5. 1 carrot, quartered and sliced
  6. 2 celery sticks, finely sliced
  7. 2 waxy potatoes, diced (skin on)
  8. 500g chicken thigh fillets
  9. 2 chicken stock cubes
  10. 2 dried bay leaves
  11. 240g macaroni
  12. 200g green pesto
  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a high heat. Saute the onions, carrot, celery and potatoes for 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the chicken, stock cubes bay leaves and 1.5 litres boiling water. Bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to low. Simmer, covered, skimming off any scum that rises to the surface, for 30 minutes or until the chicken and vegetables are cooked. Discard the bay leaves.
  3. Remove the chicken to a chopping board and cool slightly, finely shred, then return to the soup with the macaroni. Cook for 8 minutes or until tender. Stir in the pesto. Season and serve.
Adapted from Eat In Magazine
Adapted from Eat In Magazine
Farmersgirl Kitchen

The Pesto, Chicken Macaroni soup was really filling and had a lovely flavour, it was ideal to take to work for lunch and is hearty enough to make an excellent main meal with lots of crusty bread. 


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belleau kitchen

love a chicken soup… great idea to put pesto into it, bet that tasted great… no time to join in recipe clippings this month but I love the challenge x

Charlene F

Love this unique sounding chicken soup, would be perfect for lunch x

Phil in the Kitchen

Warming and comforting chicken soup with a touch of pesto sunshine. Sounds like a fine combination to me.


This chicken soup sounds wonderful, I bet the pesto makes all the difference. GG

Jane Sarchet

That looks gorgeous Janice, perfect for popping in a thermos on winters walk. Deelish!
Janie x

Karen S Booth

A very tasty little clipping Janice and a comforting looking recipe too! Karen


Fab idea Janice. I love a good chicken soup with weather like we are having now. Perfect