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Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup Recipe

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Cathi Ooton



8 ounces orzo pasta
1 teaspoon olive oil
3 carrot, (7-1/2")s carrots, chopped, or more to taste
3 ribs celery, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
teaspoon dried thyme
teaspoon dried oregano
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 bay leaf
3 (32 ounce) cartons fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
cup fresh lemon juice
1 lemon, zested
8 ounces cooked chicken breast, chopped or rotissarie chicken
1 (8 ounce) package baby spinach leaves
1 lemon, sliced for garnish
cup grated Parmesan cheese

Step 1
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook orzo in the boiling water until partially cooked through but not yet soft, about 5 minutes; drain and rinse with cold water until cooled completely.

Step 2
Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook and stir carrots, celery, and onion in hot oil until the vegetables begin to soften and the onion becomes translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Season mixture with thyme, oregano, salt, black pepper, and bay leaf; continue cooking another 30 seconds before pouring chicken broth into the pot.

Step 3
Bring the broth to a boil. Partially cover the pot, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until the vegetables are just tender, about 10 minutes.

Step 4
Stir orzo, lemon juice, and lemon zest into the broth; add chicken. Cook until the chicken and orzo are heated through, about 5 minutes. Add baby spinach; cook until the spinach wilts into the broth and the orzo is tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Ladle soup into bowls; garnish with lemon slices and Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts
Per Serving:
167 calories; protein 12.1g 24% DV; carbohydrates 21.7g 7% DV; fat 4.1g 6% DV; cholesterol 20mg 7% DV; sodium 186.9mg 8% DV.

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Preparation Time:
1 hour 20 minutes
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Personal Notes:
This is a great soup. If everyone would eat this it would stop the pandemic! LOL!




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