Slow Cooker Chicken & Orzo Pesto Soup



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?




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.

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Slow Cooker Chicken & Orzo Pesto Soup


  • 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 celery 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


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.
**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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20 comments on “Slow Cooker Chicken & Orzo Pesto Soup”

  1. I’m not even sure I know what pesto is, but I would like to try this. I’ve never used ZipList before either, but I’m trying it out so thanks.

  2. Looks good! I love making soup this time of year, specially in the slow cooker.

  3. Lunch can’t come soon enough. Such a yummy post!

  4. SO delicious! This looks fabulous!

  5. Love this recipe, friend! Or friends I guess. ;)

  6. Looks delicious!! We love pesto so my family should enjoy this soup. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. Do you think it would cook the liquids too quickly to cook on the high setting? It only takes me about 3.5 hours for a large chicken breast to go from frozen to thoroughly cooked on high, but I don’t think I’ve tried any recipes that use milk from the very beginning.

  8. Well I actually made this soup according to the directions and I don’t think it’s edible. The milk curdled. I believe I remember now that you aren’t supposed to cook dairy in the crockpot like that. Other recipes I have tried usually put it in at the end. Very disappointed and hopefully not a waste of a lot of ingredients. Guess I’m having McDonalds for dinner. :(

  9. I made this tonight (not in the slow cooker) and just used cooked chicken and it was really good. I will definitely be making it again – it’s a comforting winter soup that is relatively healthy. Thanks!

  10. Looks like a winner. I’m trying this soup for dinner tonight. Thank you. (=

  11. What is an Italian Squash? Is it a zucchini? I looked at my grocery store and cannot find it.

  12. Can I use whole milk?

  13. If you like curdled milk then make this soup. Just learned a valuable crockpot lesson. Only add your dairy products last. This recipe is bogus and wasted a lot of time and money for me. Poor effort here

  14. WONDERFUL!  Family loved it.  Husband wouldn’t stop eating it! Made according to directions except I only had fat-free milk.  Not sure why others had problems. Milk did  NOT curdle.  WIll make again. Thanks for sharing!!!

  15. I made this for dinner tonight and it was a big hit. The kids walked into the house after school and said what smells so good? 

    Thank you!!! 

  16. I am worried that the milk will curdle for that long in the crock pot
    . have you tried it on the stove and adding the milk in later?

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