the soup that was finished in an hour

orzo chicken soup on

I am incredibly fond of soups. They are easy and often can be quick and are, most importantly, usually delicious. There are many things to be said for a soup that’s sat all day accumulating flavor, but I don’t always think ahead and I don’t always have the time for that.

minimal chopping

This classic soup is perfect when you don’t have a lot of time and is great this time of year as we slowly transition into Springtime. Orzo is a small pasta shape just a little larger than rice. I found some local, bulk, multicolored orzo at the new Whole Foods in Brooklyn that I’ve been meaning to use. The small pasta adds significant substance to the soup while still qualifying it as lighter fare. The parsley and lemon really add a lot of flavor to the broth and shouldn’t be skimped on. I highly suggest fresh parsley and a ripe lemon for the best flavor, though I suppose you could use bottled lemon juice and dried parsley in a pinch.

bulk local pasta from WFM Brooklyn

orzo chicken soup with lemon
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makes 4 servings

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 ribs celery, diced
1 small onion, diced
6 cups chicken broth
2 chicken breasts
Juice of 1 large lemon
1 cup orzo
1/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped

Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large soup pot. Add the garlic, celery, and onions and saute for 4-5 minutes until softened and the onion becomes translucent. Meanwhile, slice the chicken breasts in half lengthwise, then cut them into bite-sized pieces (i cut the halves into strips, then small cubes so they fit on a soup spoon nicely). Add the broth, cut up chicken breasts, and lemon to the pot and raise the heat to medium-high. Bring to a boil. Add the orzo and parsley. Cook for 8-10 minutes until the orzo is fully cooked. Serve immediately. When reheating leftovers, add a little more broth if necessary as the orzo tends to soak up the soup.


About Jessica

New Yorker, coffee addict, cook, blogger, baker of delicious things.
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