This easy Chicken Orzo Soup from scratch is perfect for a meal or sandwich partner any day! Made easily in minutes with a hint of lemon, this lovely orzo soup recipe is ready in about 15 minutes.
Hello Friends! How is your week going? We are enjoying the cool weather of the season and enjoying watching our sports. There is nothing like getting together with family and friends around the table to enjoy a good meal together.
Today’s recipe is an easy one when you are looking for a tasty soup to put together quickly. I love simple recipes like this one because I can use ingredients I already have on hand and the amount of clean up is minimal. I also love the way all the flavors come together pretty quickly.
If you have never made Chicken Orzo Soup, it is one of the easiest soup recipes to make. The orzo pasta lends a little heartiness to flavorful chicken soup. This recipe is perfect on its own, but it also goes great with some crusty bread, or a salad or both.
It is light enough to serve as a lunch dish too!
This recipe is a wonderful soup recipe that is flavorful while offering a nice variation from your usual chicken soup recipes.
How to make Chicken Orzo Soup
It starts out like most soups, with your standard Mirepoix, which is made up of onions, carrots, and celery.
With the addition of orzo pasta, chicken broth and chicken, we add a few seasonings as well.
It makes for a wonderful lunch or dinner idea. We love to serve this with a tossed salad or a ham sandwich.
Tip for Making Chicken Orzo Soup
I like to make the Orzo Pasta separately from this soup. I also recommend a low salt Chicken Broth so that you can control the salt level in your recipe. You can always add more salt when you use a low-salt version of broth.
I make soup all year round, but this time of year I find myself making them more often. They are a nice way to keep the lightness of a summer meal but offer a little heat and comfort as we head into fall.
I love making soup in a stove pot like this one.
For more great easy soup recipes, be sure to check out:
- Italian Wedding Soup – A soup recipe is full of flavor and warmth, perfect any time of year.
- Potato Chipotle Soup – A tasty potato soup revved up with a little Chipotle pepper and spices. Wonderful for a chilly day or evening.
- Homemade Chicken and Rice Soup – A classic flavorful, homestyle soup that brings back memories of simpler times.
Chicken Orzo Soup
Chicken Orzo Soup
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 4 stalks celery, chopped
- 1/2 cup onion, chopped
- 3 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup orzo pasta
- 1 cup cooked chicken
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 pinch pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon basil
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 /2 lemon
- Cook the orzo in a pot of boiling water per package directions
- Add cold water to pasta. Drain and set aside
- In a large stockpot, add oil over medium heat.
- Add chopped onions, carrots and celery.
- Saute until onion is clear.
- Add chicken broth and water to the pot.
- Add garlic, basil, oregano, salt and pepper.
- Squeeze juice from 1/2 a lemon and add to the pot and add cooked chicken.
- Bring the pot to boil.
- Add cooked orzo pasta.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and cook another 5-7 minutes.
You can save time using a rotisserie chicken on this recipe. It makes it really easy to prepare and it is also a great way to use up leftover chicken.
Precut the onion, celery, and carrots ahead of time. I usually will cut up these vegetable the day I bring them home and keep them in containers in my refrigerator for use during the week. It really saves valuable time since I can prepare these for more that one recipe at the same time.
Making the most of our time is the basis for this blog. It is simple recipes like this that allow us to create meals that help us create comforting, enjoyable moments around the dinner table.
For more great soup recipes, check out our delicious Mexicorn Chowder a wonderful, hearty soup with potatoes, peppers, and corn. You may also like our Easy Roasted Vegetable soup, full of fresh vegetables that you roast in just minutes in your oven.
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What’s one of your favorite late summer soups?