This 30 Minute Pesto Chicken, Kale + White Bean Soup is the perfect cozy recipe to whip up on a cold night when you want something healthy and easy.
Another day in February, another snow storm, and so, another pot of soup.
Call it a hunch, but I think you're really going to love this recipe for Pesto Chicken, Kale and White Bean Soup. For starters, it's easy. Like, really easy. It's made with basic pantry staples like chicken stock and canned beans, and comes together from start to finish in an astonishing 30 minutes. This soup was made with busy weeknights in mind.
Last month I asked my Instagram and Facebook followers what kinds of recipes they'd like to see more of, and the overwhelming response was easy and healthy dinners. I've been on a mission to fulfill that request ever since, and I think this recipe fits the bill perfectly.
In such a short amount of time, this Pesto Chicken, Kale + White Bean Soup manages to develop an impressive depth of flavor. It's a flavor that reminds me of summer, despite that this recipe was clearly made with winter in mind. The scent of homemade pesto buzzing away in the food processor always brings me back to the warm sunshiny days when I had a never-ending supply of fresh basil growing in my garden. It stings a little to have to buy basil from the grocery store this time of year, but for this soup, it's totally worth it.
In addition to this being a crazy easy and crazy delicious meal to whip up, it's also crazy healthy. It's high in protein thanks to the chicken and beans, and chock full of veggies, like carrots, celery onions and kale, plus there's no shortage of pungent garlic, which is known to possess magical illness-fighting powers.
Unlike the last pot of soup I made, this one definitely begs to be served with a piece of crusty bread or cheesy toast, but if you've been following along with me lately you know that I've been avoiding that stuff like the plague. Needless to say, I served this Pesto Chicken, Kale and White Bean Soup sans bread, and Chaser and I both enjoyed it just fine. While it certainly would have benefitted from a freshly baked hunk of baguette, it truly didn't need it, and that is quite a feat.
If you're hunkering down for a storm or just want a delicious, easy and healthy dinner to add to your repertoire, this recipe is one you absolutely don't want to miss.Print