This a very savoury and hearty chicken soup, hope you will enjoy it!! Pistou is popular in Provence and similar to pesto in flavour, made from garlic, fresh basil and olive oil. This recipe uses prepared pesto for convenience!
This is an excellent soup. I think the pesto adds a wonderful savory dimension so unless you dislike pesto, be sure to add a dollop to the top before you serve and then stir it in. I made only some minor additions to the recipe, and that was about a 1/4 tsp. of dried thyme and a Tbsp. of good quality margarine(watching calories). The latter contributed richness to the soup without alot of added fat. I'm going to try this again and make it with roasted chicken, although it's very good as is. Husband liked it too. - 27 Oct 2002 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
This soup was greatly enjoyed by my 82-year old father-in-law. I used canned green beans and omitted the pesto. - 14 Apr 2000 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Great soup--quick, easy, and husband and 2 young sons love it. We're not crazy about pesto, so leave it out along with the green beans and sometimes substitute pasta (bowties, alphabet) for the potatoe. Wonderful served with garlic cheese bread! - 04 Dec 2003 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)