This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Discover Endive. I have received two complimentary shipments of California endive over the last few months, and I am being compensated for my efforts to promote California endive; all opinions are 100% mine.

chicken soup with endive pesto

Since becoming an “OnDiva” a few months back, I’ve explored many new ways to eat endive. It’s become a daily staple in my diet in some form or another, all but replacing lettuce in my salads this winter. I’ve also juiced with it, added it to fruit smoothies, braised it, and sautéed it…you name it and I’ve probably eaten endive that way :)

Here, I’ve put endive to use in a healthy and hearty organic chicken and root vegetable soup.

Endive makes two appearances in this recipe. It is added to the soup toward the end of cooking so any bitter flavor is mellowed, and it’s the principal component of the pesto.

pesto with endive

endive parsley pesto

While I think the soup is perfect as a family meal (it’s a great way to get kids to try endive, in fact), the pesto is pretty strongly flavored and might not appeal to young ones, especially if they don’t like parsley (my son is not a fan). You can always serve the soup without the pesto for the kids, or go with a more traditional basil based pesto, if you prefer.

I hand chopped the pesto because I love the resulting texture and because it’s a good way to control the amount of oil in it, but if you prefer a smoother pesto, you are welcome to make it in the food processor: just add more oil so it will blend to the consistency you desire. Feel free to scale up the pesto ingredients (except for the garlic, maybe), and chop everything a bit more coarsely, for a delicious salad to serve along with the soup instead of on top.

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organic chicken soup


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    Cassie — March 12, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

    This whole thing works for me, Winnie! I love the textures and the flavors and the endive-parsley pesto…totally on board with that. Love it!

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    Winnie — March 14, 2012 @ 10:16 am

    Thanks so much for this lovely comment Cassie!

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    Lauren (Healthy Delicious) — March 12, 2012 @ 9:43 pm

    Winnie, this looks amazing! I love the idea of endive pesto.
    Also those blue rimmed bowls are gorgeous.

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    Winnie — March 14, 2012 @ 10:22 am

    Thanks Lauren…my mom is moving and she gave me the bowls…I love them, too :)

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    Sarah — March 13, 2012 @ 12:37 am

    This is the kind of food to restore faith in humanity, truly. I can’t wait to try this recipe. Keep putting good stuff out there!

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    Winnie — March 14, 2012 @ 10:28 am

    This comment truly made my day. Thank you.

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    Kathryn — March 13, 2012 @ 6:03 am

    I don’t think that I’ve ever cooked with endive but I love the idea of this soup and the pesto too. The pictures are really gorgeous too.

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    Winnie — March 14, 2012 @ 10:28 am

    Thanks Kathryn :)

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    Dramatic Pancake — March 13, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

    Winnie, this is so inventive! I am so used to endive in salads, but I love the idea of using it in a pesto and putting it in soup. Sounds and looks so comforting!

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    Winnie — March 14, 2012 @ 10:36 am

    It’s really quite versatile :)

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    Magda — March 13, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

    This recipe sounds great. Can’t wait to try this! Thanks for sharing!

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    Winnie — March 14, 2012 @ 10:36 am

    You’re welcome…thanks for stopping by!

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    Jay @ — March 13, 2012 @ 9:27 pm

    This is great. A nice season-ender (well, we can hope) soup. I love root vegetables, but am ready to say farewell to them for the season.

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    Winnie — March 14, 2012 @ 10:36 am

    I am ready to say farewell, too…ready for spring!

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    Dee at Deelicious Sweets — March 13, 2012 @ 10:08 pm

    What a beautiful soup! Great ingredients and so inventive!

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    Winnie — March 14, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    Thanks so much Dee!!!

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    Anna @ the shady pine — March 14, 2012 @ 5:31 am

    Simply a beautiful looking soup!

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    Winnie — March 14, 2012 @ 10:41 am

    Thanks Anna!

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    Jeanette — March 14, 2012 @ 9:51 pm

    Love the rustic texture of your pesto. My kids happen to love pesto and I use it often as a stir-in for soups, love how it adds an extra punch of flavor.

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    Dr Samantha — March 14, 2012 @ 10:44 pm

    The soup looks great. And the photos? Absolutely stunning.

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    Sara {OneTribeGourmet} — March 14, 2012 @ 11:48 pm

    Winnie, love the soup with parsley endive pesto! definitely going to try your recipe! soup bowls are gorgeous!

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