One-Pot Wonders

Chicken Noodle & Pesto Soup

September 18, 2021
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Photo by Boucher's Girl
  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 20 minutes
  • Serves 2-4
Author Notes

Here's a puzzle that solves itself. Throw together the best comfort staples -- rotisserie chicken, a simple-blitz pesto, easy egg noodles -- and you have the antidote to leftovers and dreary days.

Wee tip: Whip the pesto up while you're keeping the soup company. You'll have everything to hand when the pot is done. —Boucher's Girl

What You'll Need
  • Soup Base
  • 1/2 rotisserie chicken (skin on) -- hot/room temperature
  • 1 packet egg noodles (125g per person)
  • 1 liter liquid chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 leek
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 2 carrots, medium
  • 1 courgette/zucchini (175g)
  • 1 pinch thyme leaves or Herbes de Provence
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Parsley Pesto (double recipe)
  • 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, large (200g) -- stems removed
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, scant (100ml)
  • 1 garlic clove, large
  • 20 grams parmesan (grated)
  • 1 teaspoon salt and pepper (each)
  1. Soup Base
  2. For the soup: Heat the oil. Chop the leek, celery, and carrots into equal-sized half-moons and sauté them covered for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the herbs and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Chop the courgette to match the other veggies. Add it to the pot and cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Pour in the stock and bring the pot to a boil, then simmer until the vegetables are tender.
  6. Toss in the chicken (pulled into strips) and the egg noodles; simmer for 3 minutes or as the noodle packet recommends.
  7. Stir 2-3 tablespoons of pesto into the pot along with the seasoning. Give everyone a heads up: hot pot coming through!
  1. Parsley Pesto (double recipe)
  2. For the pesto: while the soup is cooking, pureé the parsley leaves, garlic, oil, salt, and pepper together with a food processor or hand blender until smooth.
  3. Fold the parmesan into the pesto.
  4. Reserve half of the mix for your own use; it'll serve two people as a serious pesto.

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