Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Lemon Chicken Orzo SoupIngredients:

  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound shredded roasted chicken (or cook your own)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 - 32 oz boxes of unsalted chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3/4 cup uncooked orzo pasta*
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves Juice & zest of 1 lemon – (optional –add thin slices of 1 lemon) 
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Directions:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a stockpot. Add garlic, onion, carrots, and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in thyme until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. 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, spinach, and parsley; season with salt and pepper to taste.

*I do not cook pasta/rice in soups. I cook them separately so they do not suck up all the liquid, eliminating adding water to my recipes and keeping my pasta/rice intact as well.

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