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Slow Cooker Chicken & Orzo Pesto Soup

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!
Cook Time7 hrs
Total Time7 hrs
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Slow Cooker Chicken & Orzo Pesto Soup
Servings: 12
Calories: 165kcal
Author: Jamielyn Nye


  • 28 oz chicken broth (2 cans)
  • 2 cups reduced fat milk
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 cup pesto
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots (chopped)
  • 1 cup celery (chopped)
  • 1 Italian squash (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup whole wheat orzo pasta (uncooked)


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 420mg | Potassium: 395mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3005IU | Vitamin C: 9.7mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 0.6mg