Italian Orzo Spinach Soup

This Italian Orzo Spinach Soup is simple to make, full of classic Italian flavors, and oh-so-comforting.

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This past Sunday, I woke up on the wrong side of the bed.  The Let’s-Be-Unusually-Hard-On-Yourself-About-Everything-Today side of the bed.

First of all, I woke up to the sound of my oven timer beeping loudly at me at 6:30am because Forgetful Here accidentally left my phone (a.k.a. the only “alarm clock” I own) at book club the night before.  Lovely.  Then I hopped in my car to head to church for early band practice, and got completely annoyed after something crashed in the trunk that I still hadn’t cleaned out the clutter in my car for a few weeks.  Then, despite getting to play with the most encouraging and awesome group of guys in our band, I started getting super down about my singing and felt like my voice wasn’t strong enough or versatile enough or simply good enough.  And then during church, my mind began to wander into the spiral of project deadlines looming and laundry piled up and friends who I hadn’t seen in awhile and a mega load of dishes waiting in the sink and books I couldn’t find time to read and on and on, and before I knew it, it was like — POOF!

Confidence = squelched.

Amazing how quickly those spirals can happen sometime, right??

Gah.  Usually I catch (and zap!) them a little faster.  But sometimes, they just getcha.  And they can bring you down before you really even notice, as self-doubts always love to do.

BUT.  I’ve learned over the years that life is way too short to let part of a bad self-confidence day overshadow the whole day.  Heck no.  If you want to reset your day, you can totally make the decision to do so at 3:28pm on a Monday afternoon at work.  Or at 11:05pm on a Thursday night at home.  Or at noon on a Sunday at church, like me.

So yeah!  After I took a second to regroup and remind myself that I was, in fact, not defined by being forgetful, or lazy, or by my voice (which I know is just fine), or by checking off things on my to-do list, I decided to take the afternoon to reset my little brain and remind myself of who I am and what I love.  So I cranked up the radio and sang at the top of my lungs all the way home.  Then I called up a few friends and invited them over.  And then I gathered together some super simple ingredients, flipped on a movie, made a huge glass of iced tea, and got busy doing what always seems to make me happy — cook.  :)

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Yep, even on a 100 degree day in the middle of August, soup sounded like comfort food.

So soup it was!

I had been actually been wanting to make soup that week with the bag of orzo that I had on hand.  Actually, make that bags.  When I found that DeLallo makes a whole wheat orzo pasta — my favorite pasta to toss into soups — I was stoked and may have stockpiled a bit.  But one can never have too much orzo, right?

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Anyway, there was still this 100 degree situation happening, so I didn’t want to have to stand over a hot pot of soup for too long.  Thus, I decided to make a simple spinach and vegetable soup that calls for very little prep time.  Just simmer the mirepoix, add in the broth and tomatoes and seasonings and orzo and let them simmer until the pasta is cooked.  And then stir in some fresh spinach at the end just before serving.

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It’s nothing fancy, but let me assure you — it’s delicious, it’s vegetarian (although you can add chicken or sausage if you’d like), it’s healthier with all of those veggies and whole wheat pasta, and oh man, it hit the spot.

The perfect meal to restart the day, and appreciate more of the good and delicious things in life.

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Italian Orzo Spinach Soup

This delicious Italian Orzo Spinach Soup is simple, flavorful, and so comforting.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 (14-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups (about 8 ounces) DeLallo whole wheat orzo pasta, or other whole wheat pasta
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 4 cups loosely-packed spinach
  • salt and black pepper


Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute for 4 minutes, until soft. Add carrots, celery and garlic and saute for an additional 3 minutes. Add chicken stock, tomatoes, orzo (pasta), thyme, oregano, rosemary and stir to combine. Bring soup to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is al dente.

Stir in the spinach and cook for 1-2 minutes until it is bright green and wilted. Season with salt and black pepper to taste (if needed). Serve warm.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post from DeLallo Foods.  I am working as an ambassador with them this year, and was compensated for my time, but all pasta-loving opinions are 100% my own as always.  Especially whole wheat pasta.  One of the main reasons I was thrilled to work with them is because I’m convinced that their WW pasta is simply the best.  So big thanks for supporting them and the other brands which help make this site possible.  I really appreciate it.

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  1. Melinda — October 3, 2016 @ 3:37 pm (#)

    This soup is DELICIOUS!! I add 2 cans of Great Northern Beans a a couple dashes of Tabasco.  

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 6th, 2016 @ 10:30 am

      Thanks, Melinda — we’re so happy you enjoyed it, and good call on the great northern beans and Tabasco! :)

  2. Tori — October 5, 2016 @ 9:39 am (#)

    Awesome! My 2 year old even dug it! I tossed in some diced organic all beef sausage from Costco to appease the husband – sprinkled a bit of Gruyere cheese on top before serving too ! Thanks for sharing!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 7th, 2016 @ 2:10 pm

      We’re so glad to hear that, Tori, and we bet that gruyere on top was amazing! :D

  3. Bethany — October 8, 2016 @ 8:11 pm (#)

    I was SO excited to try this especially because my husband was too, he never gets excited to eat soup for dinner (can anyone relate?) I added some Italian chicken sausage that I sautéed to brown it and added to the end with the spinach! The orzo was A LOT once it all cooked, I added even more stock to thin it out. When I make it again I’ll add half the amount of orzo. We have a lot leftover that I froze to enjoy later this week and even after that. Had lots of flavor, I also used fresh thyme and rosemary, not dried. This is one of the few recipies I’ve gotten offline that I will save for a lifetime! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 8th, 2016 @ 9:48 pm

      Thanks for sharing with us, Bethany — we’re happy to hear you and your husband enjoyed this, and that’s great that you were able to use some fresh herbs! :)

  4. Rebecca — October 9, 2016 @ 1:40 pm (#)

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! I made it for lunch today and both my husband and I thought it was delicious! I will definitely be keeping this in my favorite recipe binder!

    • Ali — October 12th, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

      Awesome, I’m so glad to hear it! :)

  5. Bre — October 11, 2016 @ 7:43 pm (#)

    I made this soup for the first time,  for my extremely picky and unbearably critical mother.  She LOVED it!
    Very tasty and flavorful.  Gotta go…about to make a pot as we speak! Thank you for the recipe!  : )

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 12th, 2016 @ 2:42 pm

      Thanks for sharing with us, Bre — we’re so glad your mom approved! :)

  6. Barb — October 13, 2016 @ 4:25 pm (#)

    This soup is so good! It comes together quick and easy and is so satisfying. I reduced the Orzo to 1 cup and added a teaspoon of Red Chili Pepper Flakes as other readers had suggested as well as some left over sweet red and yellow bell peppers. Next time I will add either Italian Sausage or chicken. Thanks!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 14th, 2016 @ 12:58 pm

      Thank you, Barb — we’re so happy you enjoyed it! :)

  7. Lindsay — October 16, 2016 @ 11:35 am (#)

    Love this recipe! Should you freeze leftovers immediately since there is spinach in it or can you keep it in the fridge a few days before freezing?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 16th, 2016 @ 11:50 am

      Thanks, Lindsay — we’re glad to hear that! We think you would be fine to freeze the soup after a few days keeping it in the fridge.


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