Basil Pesto Chicken Orzo Soup
My Basil Pesto Chicken Orzo Soup is a wonderful twist on a traditional chicken noodle soup that is packed with tons of fresh garden flavors.
Don’t you just love a good soup to help kick off the feeling of fall? It just makes you fell all warm and cozy on the inside.
So, last Friday, October 13th, I made this soup specifically for Miss Emma. She had a rough day, like really rough and I honestly don’t think she will ever leave the house on a Friday the 13th again! So, y’all let me paint a picture for you. The entire week has been great. Miss Emma has been on Fall Break so she has been staying up late, sleeping in, hanging out and doing her thing. Friday rolls around, the week is almost over and visions of going back to school are running through her head. So, she decides that she must do something fun on Friday...lets go kayaking! Great, it gets her out of the house, she gets to bond with grandma, her brother and her cousin, Zack-O (his name is Zac but I added the ‘O’ and he is now forever stuck with it), and it’s something she loves to do. So we plan it!
Now Miss Emma doesn’t like to be bored so of course the night before she has a girlfriend spend the night and you know what that’s means...she didn’t get enough sleep. So, Friday morning 9am rolls around, its time to go. So, we take her friend home, pick up her cousin, Zack-O and then head to Grammie’s house to meet up with Chris and off they go.
Before even leaving Miss Emma was complaining about how tired she was and that she really didn’t want to go anymore BUT that is not an option, mom, me, won’t let her flake out on family. Poor kid.
So, starving, tired and a little bit pissy, off Miss Emma goes. They get to the lake and its cold, windy, the water is choppy but out into the waters Miss Emma and Zack-O go. Miss Emma’s mood lightens up and she begins to have fun, life is getting better. About an hour goes by and that’s when the curse of Friday the 13th hits Miss Emma smack in the face.A big gust of wind blows through the lake, the water gets choppier and Miss Emma’s kayak begins to tip; the next things she knows, she slightly over corrects and over she goes. That’s right y’all Miss Emma tipped over.
Now I don’t know if y’all are familiar with kayaks or not so let me explain a bit. When you sit in a kayak your legs go inside the boat; so if you tip you are stuck. So, there is Miss Emma flipped upside down, legs stuck in the boat; with her weight in the kayak it begins to fill with water and starts to go under. Literally, as Miss Emma said, she was the Titanic. That ship was her and she was going down. Finally, Miss Emma frees herself and her head pops out of the water, gasping for air. She immediately flips the kayak over, then she realizes that her iPhone was in her hoodie pocket; she grabs for her phone and of course it is gone. Then she sees that the oars are floating away. That’s when the panic set in. Shear terror was slammed across her face. She is about 30-40 feet away from shore, her phone is gone and now, since she is full clothed in Converse tennis shoes, jeans, and a hoodie she is being weighted down and that means she is sinking. SWIM! She immediately begins swimming to the shore.
Now no worries, Miss Emma is a good swimmer and she made it to the shore with no problem at all; and Grammie and Chris were ready to jump in if needed; but she was fine. So, she gets to shore, coughing and hacking and about 5 seconds after getting to shore she bursts into tears. Grammie starts to console her and tell her that she did great by leaving everything in the water and swimming and Miss Emma, looks at her and says ‘I know that Grammie but my phone is at the bottom of the lake - Mom is going to kill me!’ Poor kid. Thinks I would be more concerned about the phone. Ha ha! Hands down this could have been way worse than just loosing a phone.
Anyhow, from there Grammie sends Zach-O out to retrieve the kayak and oars and he was a real trouper, he got everything handled and towed it all back to shore. As he got out of his kayak, he fell into the water too! So, needless to say, with two (2) soaked kids they headed home.
Once Mis Emma got home all she wanted was to wash the lake water off of her and get into some warm, dry clothes. Friday the 13th struck again, there was no hot water for her shower. I was home when all of this happened so I was taking advantage and running dishwasher, laundry, cleaning and so on, So, yes the hot water was gone - there was no getting warm for Miss Emma.
So hours later she is still freezing and with that, I made her some soup. I got out my Calphalon Classic 7 Quart Nonstick Dutch Oven with Cover, and got to cooking. In less than 30 minutes you have a heart warming bowl of soup that wonderfully packed with flavor. This is hands down one of the simplest and most flavorful chicken soup recipes y’all can make and in no time at all. This soup gives you a delicious twist on a chicken noodle type of soup that will please all of your senses.
Brown chicken sausage.
Add broth basil pesto (here’s my Basil Pesto Recipe) and water.
Add orzo and simmer some more.
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 small yellow onion, chopped
- 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 1 pound chicken sausage, casing removed (i used apple chicken sausage)
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1/4 cup white cooking wine
- 8 cups chicken broth
- 3 cups water
- 1/3 cup fresh basil pesto
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 pkg orzo pasta
- In a large pot heat the olive oil over medium heat; add onion, carrots, celery and chicken sausage; cook until the sausage is browned all the way through and veggies are softened, about eight minutes.
- Add the garlic and cook for one minute more.
- Pour in the white wine, scraping the bottom of the pot to incorporate any browned bits, and simmer for one minute, or until the wine is almost evaporated.
- Carefully pour in the chicken broth, 3 cups of water, the basil pesto, salt and pepper and bring to a boil; boil for about two minutes.
- Lower heat to low and add the orzo.
- Simmer for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked through.