Packed with fresh veggies, tender chicken, orzo pasta, surrounded by a bright lemony broth, this soup is comforting and refreshing all in one bite!
Soup is one of those foods that seems like you only make on a cold, cloudy day. I would typically agree, but this soup is so bright and fresh that we make it all year long! The fresh lemon gives the broth a boost of citrus and elevates all of the other flavors in the soup.
I like to think of it as a much easier, lighter version of chicken noodle soup. Orzo are a lot easier to eat than noodles for kids in my opinion. But have a more satisfying bite that rice. This soup has the comforting flavors that many soups start with as a base: garlic, onions, and celery. Add in fresh thyme, rosemary, and just a dash of Worcestershire and you will have a flavor explosion in every single bite.
The hardest part of this recipe is just chopping the veggies. Once that is done, your pot will do the rest!
Chop onion and celery, peel and chop carrots, and mince garlic. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add chopped veggies, and cook stirring occasionally until onion is softened, approximately 10 minutes.
Dice chicken and add to pot; season with freshly ground black pepper and salt. Cook stirring frequently until chicken has begun to turn white on the outsides.
Add chicken broth, orzo pasta, worcestershire sauce and herbs (except parsley) Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer, covered, until orzo is tender but still has some firmness, about 6 to 8 minutes.
Finish by squeezing the juice of the lemon into the soup. Portion into bowls and garnish with fresh parsley. Enjoy!
Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 393mg | Potassium: 760mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3762IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 2mg
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