We are officially in the thick of fall here in Michigan and yesterday was a really chilly fall day. All day I kept thinking “This is a great day for a warm cup of soup.” It was that kind of day. I decided that’s what I was going to make my family for dinner. I remembered I had pinned a recipe to my Pinterest board and so I went there. The recipe was for a Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup. I love Orzo and I love lemon so I had to try it! And I am so glad I did. The recipe is from a website called www.damndelicious.com.
The recipe said it would take 30 minutes total to make and that is probably about how long it took me. It’s like chicken noodle soup but the lemon and the orzo add great flavor. All the ingredients are fresh vegetables and herbs. And if you are vegetarian you could remove the chicken. I didn’t have celery, so I just didn’t use it. I loved it, my husband loved it and my kids loved it! They all loved it so much there was only one cup left – which I just had for lunch!
So if you are looking for a soup recipe to try – this is it!
Here is the Recipe, you can also find it here: Damn Delicious – Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch chunks
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
3 carrots, peeled and diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
5 cups chicken stock
2 bay leaves
3/4 cup uncooked orzo pasta
1 sprig rosemary
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper, to taste. Add chicken to the stockpot and cook until golden, about 2-3 minutes; set aside.
Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the stockpot. Stir in garlic, onion, carrots and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 3-4 minutes.
Stir in thyme until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Whisk in chicken stock, bay leaves and 1 cup water; bring to a boil.
Stir in orzo, rosemary and chicken; reduce heat and simmer until orzo is tender, about 10-12 minutes.
Stir in lemon juice and parsley; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
The picture above is from www.damndelicious.com Here is what mine looked like: