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Chicken Pesto Slow Cooker Soup

This post updated October 2015 as part of the #ThrowbackThursday photography project. There are no old photos because apparently I was so embarrassed that I removed them previously and left the post without pictures. 

Delicious, healthy, comforting, and filling! This slow cooker chicken pesto soup is a hearty meal perfect for chilly weather!

Baby Girl entered our lives just under twelve weeks ago. Some things have changed dramatically, and other things have stayed the same, but the one thing that absolutely floors me is how quickly the time is passing. I saw one of her birth announcements on our living room table this weekend and then looked at the little girl in my arms and I paused as I marveled at the amount of change that has happened in such a short time. Then, as if to really emphasize this, I baked for a friend’s son’s first birthday two weeks ago and I’m baking for another friend’s son’s first birthday party this weekend. I clearly remember having cinnamon rolls and Dance Revolution parties and baking for her baby shower while she was expecting. This happened last week I’m pretty sure, but the calendar is saying something different.

Since my calendar is clearly trying to cheat me out of “living” time (maybe you too), we must devise crafty ways to fight back! Enter the slow cooker. Ya’ll know I’m a fan after discovering that not all crock pot meals have to include processed “cream of something”.

Delicious, healthy, comforting, and filling! This slow cooker chicken pesto soup is a hearty meal perfect for chilly weather!

This soup makes me happy. I love how filling it is and it makes the house smell amazing. The barley is a great substitution to rice or pasta because it doesn’t get all mushy in the slow cooker or the refrigerator if you have leftovers (we did). I’m not sure if you can freeze the leftovers with the barley. Maybe? If you’ve had experience freezing barley I’d love for you to leave a comment below and share your wisdom.

If you have an herb garden, this recipe also serves as a fabulous excuse to use up any basil you have on hand for the pesto (or try an arugula pesto for a bit of a spicier kick since really, leftover basil?). You can also just use jarred pesto, but seriously, homemade pesto is easy with a food processor. (Future blog post? Check!)

Delicious, healthy, comforting, and filling! This slow cooker chicken pesto soup is a hearty meal perfect for chilly weather!

Now go forth and reclaim that time the calendar keeps sneaking away!

Chicken Pesto Slow Cooker Soup
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Serves: 6-8 servings
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped (approx 1 cup)
  • 1½ cups celery, diced
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1.5-2 lbs chopped chicken breasts
  • 1 cup pearl barley
  • 1 cup milk, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese (I used a blend of three Italian hard cheeses)
  • ½ cup pesto (homemade or store bought)
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  1. Add broth, celery, onion, pepper, garlic, chicken, and barley to slow cooker. Stir.
  2. Cover and cook on LOW for about 4-6 hours until the chicken is cooked and the barley is chewy and soft.
  3. Stir in milk, cheese, and pesto. Cover and cook for another 10 minutes on HIGH.
  4. Add salt and black pepper to taste.
  5. Ladle into bowls and serve.


Slow Cooker Pulled Pork – Georgia Style

This slow cooker pulled pork recipe post was updated 8/2015 as part of the #ThrowbackThursday photography project where I add better pictures to already delicious recipes! 

No smoker required for perfectly pulled pork. A Georgia style dry rub and a few hours of low and slow cooking make the perfect slow cooker pulled pork! Get the recipe on

Hello dolls! That chill is in the air and I’ve finally spared a minute to blog again!

The Godfather and I were in Florida for a few weeks visiting family; I didn’t pack a computer and I abhor typing long messages on my phone. Then we came back and I had a wild baking schedule, but it felt so good to be back in the kitchen with my tools. Neither the Godfather’s mother or my own are bakers and we had to get a little creative in the kitchen when working with limited tools. Regardless, it was a wonderful trip. One of the downsides to being a military family is living far from relatives most of the time, so we cherish the moments when we do get to see them.  (more…)

Overnight Chocolate Oatmeal

Healthy steel cut oats in the slow cooker... with chocolate!  Recipe on

The photos in this recipe were updated 6/18/2015 as part of the #ThrowbackThursday photography project. Pictures were shot in natural light using a Canon 40D with either a 50mm/1.8 lens or a 100mm macro. Original photo was taken on a phone… scroll down to the bottom of the post see the totally embarrassing original photo. 

I just realized that I have only shared one sweet recipe on this blog! It’s only been in existence a short time, but the oversight seems almost inexcusable given how much I joke that I’m up to my elbows in sugar all the time. No matter though… we can fix this! And we can justify that this is really not even bad for you (because it isn’t) and it makes the house smell heavenly, like waking up in a chocolate shop.


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