Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Spinach Chicken Orzo Soup

Here's a quick weekday dinner that will warm your cold bones!  But first a story - this past weekend we ended up moving our piano to our daughter Danielle.  Back when she was in 2nd grade she started taking piano lessons and since we didn't know if she would stick with it, we had her practice at our neighbors for a couple months just to be sure we should invest in one.  Well, our investment paid off... she ended up taking piano lessons into her high school years.  We went to many recitals and it was fun to see her improve year after year. So, now we are empty nesters and neither The Fisherman or I play... though I could play a mean chopsticks!

I really wanted to use the piano space to do some rearranging of furniture (imagine that!) so we asked Danielle if wanted it and since she did, we made a delivery this weekend. (More like I watched people load and unload it).   And of course I wanted to bring some food.  So back to my dinner - this meal was so easy to put together.  A few simple ingredients and about 30 minutes is all you need... keep this one in mind when you are short on time...and feel free to add other veggies - the more might be merrier!

Recipe Source:  Adapted from The Family Kitchen

Sunday night I received a text from Danielle, the entire pot of soup was consumed...between her, her BF, Kristina and Benj (and a quart I kept for us)... yeah - glad they enjoyed it!  I also made Pumpkin Caramel parfaits... coming to you later this week...

Spinach Chicken Orzo Soup Serves: 6 Calories: NA Prep Time to Table: 30 minutes
Recipe : adapted from babble.com

 -1/4 cup onion, chopped
-1 clove garlic, chopped
 -12 oz. diced cooked chicken
-1 lb spinach, frozen, defrosted
- 15 oz can diced Italian tomatoes (with oregano and basil)
-1 lb package orzo pasta
 -2 quarts chicken stock
-1 ½ quarts water
-olive oil

Preparation: In large dutch oven, heat about 2 Tbls of olive oil until hot and sauté onions until soft. Add garlic and sauté an additional minute. Add remainder of ingredients except for orzo. Bring to boil the add orzo and cook until tender. Season with S&P



  1. I love Soup!! This one looks delicious! Thanks for popping over to my blog and leaving a sweet note.

  2. This soup reminds me of "Italian Wedding soup". Looks delicious! Cant wait to read about your Pumpkin Caramel parfaits. Im a new follower of yours as well. :)

  3. I do love orzo, have never used it in soup. Can't wait to try this recipe.
    We have a similar piano story, we just had our piano of 30+ years moved to our daughters home. All 6 of our children took piano lessons but Candise really embraced it. She accompanied choirs thru college. She has played the piano all over the world. She is married now with a 7 year old. She teaches piano to over 20 students. Yes, our piano lives on and is still making wonderful music.
    Love your blog--am a new follower.

  4. Soup looks absolutely delicious! Thanks Deb for visiting me and for your sweet words. Happy to follow you :)


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