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.

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

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.

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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. Lynne — November 1, 2014 @ 5:52 pm (#)

    Oh my– is all I can say! Made this on what is the first really colder day of Fall In New England! This is such a simple dish to make– anyone can do this!! But the flavor- and the smells– are heavenly!! Delish!

  2. Meg — November 5, 2014 @ 11:12 am (#)

    Made this last night and loved it! Both my husband and myself went back for seconds! Eating for lunch as I type..it reheats in the microwave beautifully. The pasta does absorb a lot of the liquid overnight. So when I heat this up for leftovers tonight  (via stovetop) I will add about 1/2-1 cup of veggie broth. It isn’t necessarily needed. I just like a more broth-y soup. Thanks for the recipe!  

  3. Joanne — November 11, 2014 @ 6:04 pm (#)

    Absolutely delicious and so easy to make!  Thank you!

  4. HG — November 12, 2014 @ 6:08 pm (#)

    My boyfriend will NOT let me lose this recipe. We loved it!

    • Ali — November 12, 2014 @ 7:37 pm (#)

      Yay! I’m so glad!!

  5. Linda Riggs — November 14, 2014 @ 4:01 pm (#)

    I just made this soup and it is fabulous! So easy and simple to make on a cold  autumn  day. I did add a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice and used vegan chicken stock. 

  6. Lauren — November 19, 2014 @ 12:07 pm (#)

    Really delicious!! 
    I added some diced sweet potatoes & fresh Italian sausage – really hearty and good!

  7. Alaina M. @ The Simple Peach — November 24, 2014 @ 11:47 am (#)

    This soup is delicious! I made it last week. The Mr. and I loved it and it was so easy. I even mentioned this soup in my Runner Ramblings post last week. Thanks for sharing! I will def be making this again.

  8. Demelza — November 30, 2014 @ 8:02 pm (#)

    I’ve made this at least five times since my first comment back in October.  It very quickly became a family favorite.  We love it!  

  9. Nichole — December 2, 2014 @ 9:23 pm (#)

    So yummy! I was looking for a quick and healthy soup and decided on this. I had to improvise on a few ingredients (zucchini instead of celery, Italian tomatoes instead of fire-roasted, and cream of chicken to stretch my stock to the 6 cups of liquid required) but the overall result was delicious! Fabulous recipe, my family loved it – thank you!

  10. Bonnie — December 9, 2014 @ 10:58 am (#)

    What tasty hearty soup! Thank you! I added a can of white beans. It was absoloutly delicious

  11. Shannon S — December 10, 2014 @ 4:13 pm (#)

    Very tasty and quick! Pleases both the vegan (me) and the rest of the family!

  12. Laura Coard — December 14, 2014 @ 5:06 pm (#)

    I added ground turkey and a can of V8 juice. Yummy!

  13. Katie — December 30, 2014 @ 5:47 pm (#)

    I made this on Sunday night and it made a ton of delicious soup. Mine turned out to be more of a stew because I added in extra carrots & celery, and probably should have thrown in more broth. But oh well, I love stew. I used regular orzo – I bet you could easily swap that out for other styles of wheat pasta, barley, etc and it would taste just as great. Perfect for the cold week we’re having here!

  14. Erin — January 1, 2015 @ 5:00 pm (#)

    Made this tonight and absolutely loved it! Already planning to make it again! Only thing I did was add more chicken stock since the orzo absorbs quite a bit! Yum!!

  15. Cheryl C — January 3, 2015 @ 8:16 pm (#)

    Wow! Made this today for a dear friend who is sick. Soooooo good! Definitely keeping this recipe forever! Added a little shredded chicken breast to it as well. Needed to add another 4 cups of chicken stock because the orzo soaked up most of the broth. But, hands down one of the yummiest and simplest soup recipes. Thanks!

  16. Maria — February 2, 2015 @ 5:57 pm (#)

    Made this yesterday it was very tasty and we ate it again for lunch today during yet another snow storm. I added less pasta to keep the carbs down and even my picky eaters liked it. Also made your skinny buffalo chicken dip for our Super Bowl snack – it was also very good. Thank you. 

  17. Jill Grzywinski — February 5, 2015 @ 2:44 pm (#)

    Very easy and flavorful . A meatless Monday option.

  18. Keri Carrino-Bracchi — February 21, 2015 @ 5:15 pm (#)

    Absolutely Delicious! Only thing I did differently was add chicken.. boys (6 and 3) loved it.  Very easy to make with 3 young kids too

  19. Linsey — February 23, 2015 @ 12:14 pm (#)

    Inhaling this soup as I type this! So damn good! I added the juice of two lemons. Gives it a nice bright, citrusy kick! 

  20. Katie — February 23, 2015 @ 6:46 pm (#)

    This soup sounds amazing! I’m totally on board with a meatless meal more often than not unfortunately my husband isn’t. Do you think this soup would be as good with some tiny meatballs added to it or am I better off just making a pot and freezing single servings for myself for later on?

    • Ali — March 21, 2015 @ 11:54 am (#)

      Sure, I think it would be fantastic with meatballs or Italian sausage!

  21. Coach Z — February 24, 2015 @ 7:38 pm (#)

    Added smoked sausage and one vine ripe tomato. Cooked cut up smoked sausage, drained & set aside. Then continued with original recipe placing cooked sausage in after veggies cooked.

    Great February evening dinner.

  22. Ellen — February 26, 2015 @ 8:48 pm (#)

    Really fast easy & yummy!! I added squash and a can of fat free cream of chicken soup for a thicker consistency. As others not

  23. Rachel — February 28, 2015 @ 8:42 am (#)

    With the weather here being so cold all I want to eat is soup! I made this for a couple of friends, and we all enjoyed it. The only problem I had was that I was still hungry soon after eating it. I couldn’t find whole wheat orzo at my store, so the issue may have been the lack of protein from the whole wheat. Otherwise very good!

  24. Denise G — March 1, 2015 @ 7:49 pm (#)

    This soup is pretty amazing. My husband had to get some oral surgery so we are now on a soup diet. I made this last week and he loved it so tonight  I decided to add some Hot Italian Sausage and it is delicious twist. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us 

    • Ali — March 5, 2015 @ 11:26 am (#)

      Thanks Denise, I’m glad you and your husband enjoyed it!

  25. Diane L — March 2, 2015 @ 1:15 pm (#)

    T.his sounds so good I can’t wait to try this. Not summer here, lol..

  26. Jamie — March 5, 2015 @ 4:57 pm (#)

    I’ve been eyeing this recipe for weeks since finding it on Pinterest.  Finally made it today with chicken and it was PERFECT after the snowy day we had (well, still having) in Virginia.  Thanks for sharing!

  27. Lauren — March 10, 2015 @ 11:21 am (#)

    Overnight this has become my go-to soup. I have made it three times now, the last time I added chicken which I decided was really unnecessary and I sort of wish I hadn’t. It doesn’t need it! It doesn’t need anything except me gobbling it up, yum yum yummy! 

  28. Briana — March 11, 2015 @ 8:21 pm (#)

    Do we know the calorie count? I normally don’t care! But new to the fitbit and trying to keep track :) 

    • Ali — March 18, 2015 @ 1:31 pm (#)

      Hey Briana, I’m sorry but we don’t currently publish nutrition info on the site. The nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. That being said, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. Hope this helps!

  29. jane — March 31, 2015 @ 2:11 pm (#)

    LOVE it- I was wondering how many calories in this soup? Thanks!

    • Ali — March 31, 2015 @ 10:12 pm (#)

      Thanks Jane! I’m sorry but we currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site. The nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. But many of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. I hope that helps!

  30. LP — April 8, 2015 @ 11:10 am (#)

    hi!

    not sure if this question was already asked but can you substitute no salt added chicken BROTH instead of chicken stock?

    thanks!

    • Ali — April 9, 2015 @ 1:33 pm (#)

      Sure, just make sure you check the taste and season accordingly!

  31. Lisa — April 16, 2015 @ 5:21 pm (#)

    Thanks for an awesome recipe! My kids both thought it was great & hubby liked it too. Only thing I did different was I zipped the tomatoes in the nutribullet because me & my son don’t like chunks of tomatoes. Great flavor & the kids even loved the spinach!

    • Ali — April 16, 2015 @ 10:45 pm (#)

      Thank you Lisa, I’m happy it was a hit with your family! : )

  32. Beverly — April 25, 2015 @ 7:10 pm (#)

    This was SO Good! My family absolutely loved it! It just popped up on my FaceBook feed today. It’s a cold Spring day so I made it for dinner. So very glad I did! Thank you for this keeper recipe!

    • Ali — May 1, 2015 @ 10:24 am (#)

      Thank you Beverly!

  33. Brenda Williams — May 20, 2015 @ 8:53 am (#)

    This became my husband’s favorite new soup and I’ve passed the recipe on to his co-workers as well. Thank you for a wonderful (and easy) new recipe!

    • Ali — May 20, 2015 @ 9:16 am (#)

      Thanks, Brenda, that’s so great! Happy you guys are enjoying it. : )

  34. Rachel Page — May 28, 2015 @ 11:53 pm (#)

    Made this last night, using homemade chicken stock. Delicious!

    • Ali — May 29, 2015 @ 2:15 am (#)

      Awesome! So glad you enjoyed it!

    • Ali — May 29, 2015 @ 7:13 am (#)

      So glad you liked it, Rachel! : )

  35. Esther — June 13, 2015 @ 9:51 pm (#)

    Thank you! I love orzo but mostly avoid it because it is not usually wholegrain. I had no idea you could get whole grain orzo. Now I do, thanks to you. I feel a new obsession coming on.  I made this tonight and it was a serious hit. My husband couldn’t get enough of it. Delicious. Great recipe. And so simple and healthy. Thank you.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 14, 2015 @ 2:30 pm (#)

      Sure, we’re glad to hear you enjoyed the soup! We <3 orzo! Thanks for giving the recipe a try!

  36. Sophia — July 23, 2015 @ 9:47 am (#)

    Just made this, actually delicious.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 23, 2015 @ 10:41 am (#)

      Thanks Sophia, we’re glad you liked it!

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