Best Chicken Soup Recipes: Quick And Easy Chicken Soup With Orzo Recipe
Chicken Soup with Orzo
As so often happens to me, necessity is usually the mother of invention. I was going to fire up a pot of chicken soup the other night after a rainy and cold blustery day and discovered that I was missing one ingredient – yolkless egg noodles which I love to have for my homemade chicken soup.
I always think of these moments of my forgetfulness to add things to the grocery list as being my 'creative spurs' so went back to the cupboards and decided to see what else I could substitute. Lo and behold, I think I hit on a winner although there are many substitutions I could have made as well (see below).
Orzo is the ingredient used in risotto dishes which I love to make but figured since it was a 'fat rice' it probably would do just fine in a soup – and luckily it performed great.
Serves many - makes 1 delicious pot of soup!
- 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into chunks
- 1 medium onion diced
- 1 clove of garlic minced
- 4-5 carrots peeled, sliced
- 4-5 stalks of celery, chopped
- 1/2 cup orzo (risotto rice)
- 3 quarts of chicken broth or equivalent water plus bouillon
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Herbs such as marjoram, thyme, basil, sage, tarragon to taste
- Olive oil or olive oil spray
- Spray 3-quart or so dutch oven or soup pan with olive oil spray or couple teaspoons of olive oil. Add chopped onion, celery and garlic – cook about 5 minutes or until softening.
- Add a bit more spray or olive oil and add chicken – saute until brown on one side, turn and brown a bit on the other side. Chicken will not be cooked through at this point – just browned.
- Add broth and then add in carrots. Cook over medium heat until vegetables are tender.
- Meanwhile, heat 3 cups of water or broth in another saucepan and once the water or broth is boiling, add the orzo and simmer for 7-8 minutes.
- Drain the orzo and add to the chicken soup.
SUBSTITUTIONS OR IDEAS
- Turkey instead of chicken – turkey cutlets work great or part of a turkey breast cut up
- Mushroom broth or vegetable broth can be substituted
- Low sodium broths - I use for all our soups
- Frozen cubes of homemade chicken broth - I had stored in the freezer
- For an interesting taste, you can also add a bit of tomato sauce or tomato paste to the water that the orzo is cooking in instead of broth – or use mushroom broth to cook the orzo in instead
- I generally throw in frozen spinach to any soup that I make but did not have any this particular time
- Add fresh spinach
- Add corn or peas to the soup
- Substitute wild rice or brown rice partially cooked to the soup instead of the orzo
- Add broken spaghetti noodles to the soup for an interesting change – just make sure you do not overcook or the noodles will become mushy
- Add mushrooms of any kind to the soup
- Add small tortellinis to the soup for an interesting change and a very satisfying meal
Serve the soup with a loaf of French bread, biscuits or English muffins and a green or Caesar salad.
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