Slow Cooker Chicken & Orzo Pesto Soup

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Hey guys! It’s Kristy from Sweet Treats & More  and I’ve got a hearty and healthy soup for ya today!  This Chicken & Orzo Pesto Soup is loaded with flavor {who doesn’t love pesto?} and full of vegetables–carrots, onion, celery, and my very favorite, Italian squash.  I know spring and warmer weather is just around the corner, but it’s still a little chilly over here in Utah and I’m still craving soup (I could actually eat it year-round).   Plus this soup is perfect for those busy days you know you just won’t have time to make dinner.  After all, you can never have too many slow cooker recipes, right?

 

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I ordered a  similar soup at a restaurant a few weeks ago and it was so good I had to recreate it at home.  I’m pretty sure it was loaded with butter and full of heavy cream.  Why does butter and cream have to make everything taste so amazing? Serioulsy. I lightened this recipe up by eliminating the butter, and using reduced-fat milk and just a little bit of cream, cutting out some of the fat and calories….so we can all eat a brownie later:)  I almost always use whole grain or whole wheat pasta, so used whole wheat orzo in this soup as well!

The orzo pasta gives it that “umph” it needs to keep you full and satisfied.

Slow Cooker Chicken & Orzo Pesto Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 14 oz cans chicken broth
  • 2 cups reduced fat milk
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup pesto
  • 1 1/2 cup carrots chopped
  • 1 cup celely chopped
  • 1 medium Italian squash chopped
  • 1/4 cup onion chopped
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 1 cup whole wheat orzo pasta uncooked

Instructions

  1. Whisk everything but the chicken and orzo pasta together in a 6 quart slow cooker . Add chicken. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours (could be 4-6 depending on slow cooker). When the chicken is cooked through and easily falls apart, remove and shred.
  2. Place shredded chicken back in the slow cooker. Stir in uncooked orzo noodles and cook for another 15-20 minutes or until pasta is cooked. You can also cook the pasta separately and stir it it just before serving.
  3. Once the pasta is cooked, serve or turn slow cooker to warm setting. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. **You can also add more pesto for stronger pesto flavor. **add a little more milk if seems too thick
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This is a new favorite, and I love not feeling too guilty enjoying a delicious, creamy soup! Looking for some more yummy soups?  This Butternut Squash Chili  and this Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili are healthy favorites.  And if you’re looking for another great slow cooker meal this Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Chicken is amazing!

 

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