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Crockpot Chicken And Pesto Soup

Crockpot Chicken And Pesto Soup

I’ve mentioned my affinity for soups before, but have I ever mentioned my bond with my crockpot? Some days  it’s my lifeline. Summer and I have a love/hate relationship. I hate being hot, but I love to cook. I hate that using the oven, even the stove top  in summer and spring, makes my kitchen feel like a sauna. I can’t stand to be hot while cooking. In the summer, the crockpot and I are best friends. I’m talking bosom buds. It helps me feed my family the lovingly prepared, delectable food we all like, without me sweating up a storm as I slave away. Did I mention I’m also to cheap to turn up my air conditioner just because I’m hot in the kitchen? No, I don’t think I did. But, I am. This recipe has been adapted from 365 Days of Slow Cooking and it’s a winner. It’s also a must when I’m craving soup in the summer. Same great taste, but noticeably less heat. When I first tried it, I honestly couldn’t believe I’d never seen something like it in an Italian restaurant somewhere before. Then again, without this recipe, I don’t think it would have occurred to me to try pesto in a soup. Lesson learned.

Crockpot Chicken And Pesto Soup

4 Sons 'R' Us: Chicken Pesto Soup

  •  3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 carrots, shredded and finely diced
  • 2-3 ribs of celery, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp dried, chopped onion
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 heaping tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thawed or frozen
  • 1/2 cup pearl barley (not quick cooking)
  • 1 1/2 cups milk, room temperature (you can sub half/half or even cream for a richer soup)
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup pesto
  • 1/2 of a zucchini, shredded, optional

Directions

  1.  Add broth, carrot, celery, onion, oregano, garlic, and zucchini (if using) to the crockpot. Stir.
  2. Add in chicken breasts.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through and the barley is soft and chewy.
  4. Remove chicken to a plate. Shred or dice.
  5. Put the shredded, or diced, chicken back into the crockpot.
  6. Stir in the milk, parmesan, and pesto.
  7. Cook for another ten minutes on HIGH.
  8. Ladle into bowls and garnish with additional parmesan or pesto, as desired.
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About 4 Sons 'R' Us

Hi! I’m Meaghan. Welcome to my virtual kitchen & craft corner. Pull up a chair, stay awhile and follow along with us and our 4 sons. Can I get you a glass of wine? Some coffee? Pretzels or cheese sticks? While I can’t actually give you these thing online, I can show you how to make them… on a budget!

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