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Pesto soup in a yellow bowl, topped with shredded parmesan cheese.

Pesto Chicken Orzo Soup

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x


  • 6 cups chicken, turkey, or vegetable stock
  • 1.5 cups cooked chicken, cubed or shredded
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil pesto
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • shredded parmesan cheese, for garnish (optional)


  1. In a large pot, bring chicken stock to a simmer, covered, over medium heat
  2. Add cooked chicken, orzo, pesto, lemon juice, salt and pepper and stir to combine.
  3. Cook, uncovered, until orzo is al dente (about 8 minutes).
  4. Garnish with shredded parmesan cheese and serve immediately.


I love orzo in this soup, but you can use any type of pasta you like!