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.

Italian Orzo Spinach Soup | #recipe

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. Linda — February 15, 2016 @ 2:45 pm (#)

    This is the best soup and has become a family favorite!  It is so easy to make and very satisfying!  Love all of the veggies.  I do add extra broth thought since it becomes thick with the 1 1/2 cups of orzo.  I guess you could reduce the amount of orzo as well. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 16th, 2016 @ 8:46 am

      We’re glad to hear you and your family enjoy this Linda! :)

  2. Alice — February 21, 2016 @ 7:27 am (#)

    Hiya, can you please tell me if this is suitable for freezing? Thanks! :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 21st, 2016 @ 10:01 pm

      Hi Alice, yes, you can freeze this! We hope you enjoy! :)

  3. Anne — February 29, 2016 @ 3:44 pm (#)

    I love this soup and have made it two times. The first time I used regular orzo. The second time is used the whole wheat orzo listed in recipe. I had a major problem with the whole wheat orzo. When we ate it for dinner it was fine. I froze the rest. When I defrosted and heated the soup in the microwave the whole wheat pasta basically disintegrated. It turned to mush. The second day reheat was worse. So I will stick to using regular orzo for this soup because I like to freeze soups and i didn’t have that problem the first time I made it. I added chicken and extra broth to make it heartier. Thanks for a yummy recipe. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 1st, 2016 @ 11:33 am

      We’re so glad to hear that Anne — thanks for sharing! That’s too bad about the whole wheat orzo though – good to know it doesn’t hold up as well. We appreciate you giving this a try!

  4. Mandy — March 5, 2016 @ 8:31 pm (#)

    It’s a cloudy day  today and I was looking for a delicious soup that would be fast and easy to make.  I did this one and my family loved it!!!  I’m going to keep making it. I also enjoyed your reading your post. Thank you!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 5th, 2016 @ 8:32 pm

      We’re so glad you and your family enjoyed this Mandy! :)

  5. Mike — March 23, 2016 @ 3:22 pm (#)

    Fellow whole wheat orzo lover here- it was on sale at Whole Foods yesterday, so I had to grab a few bags. Yesterday was also farmers mkt day and I got a huge bunch of fresh spinach and here I am! It’s a sunny but cool day and soup will be perfect for dinner. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 23rd, 2016 @ 9:50 pm

      Awesome Mike — we hope you enjoy this! :)

  6. Barb — March 25, 2016 @ 12:21 pm (#)

    Just make the soup love it 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 25th, 2016 @ 2:16 pm

      We’re glad you enjoyed it Barb! :)

  7. Mark — March 31, 2016 @ 11:26 am (#)

    I have made this soup two times so far. The first time using the exact recipe and adding a lean breast of chicken and the second time using chicken again but replacing the fire roasted tomatoes with 2 10 oz. cans of Rotel. The Rotel gave it a nice kick! I love this recipe. Going to make it again tomorrow for weekend noshing. Thanks!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 31st, 2016 @ 3:42 pm

      Thanks for sharing with us Mark — we’re so glad you enjoy it! And an extra kick is always nice. :)

  8. CRYSTAL — April 6, 2016 @ 8:06 pm (#)

    I followed this recipe to the letter. It has no flavor! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 6th, 2016 @ 8:32 pm

      We’re sorry you didn’t care for this Crystal — we hope you can find another recipe that you enjoy!

  9. Carmen — April 7, 2016 @ 6:54 pm (#)

    This soup was awesome! I added red chili flakes. 
    So tasty and I’ll make this again.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 9th, 2016 @ 8:35 am

      Thanks Carmen — we’re so glad you enjoyed this! And a little extra heat is always a good idea. :)

  10. Freddie — April 11, 2016 @ 1:20 pm (#)

    I love this soup! Ill admit ive never used whole wheat orzo, cuz i always forget to look for it. But i make it with regular orzo and its fab!! I use about half the amount of orzo…we are trying to go easy on carbs. Sometimes i add a little sliced chicken sausage too. Overall this recipe is fantastic. The roasted tomatoes are key…lots of flavor. 
    This has become a staple in my menu plans. It’s also an incredible go to meal when I’m running late or busy day….and also a great soup to take to a family who needs a meal. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 11th, 2016 @ 3:15 pm

      Thanks for sharing with us Freddie — we’re so glad you enjoy it! :)

  11. Courtney — April 11, 2016 @ 9:21 pm (#)

    My  husband and I tried this for dinner tonight, and it has become an instant favorite! Husband approved (; 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 12th, 2016 @ 10:08 pm

      Thanks Courtney — we’re happy you both liked it! :)

  12. Dahiana — April 13, 2016 @ 8:28 pm (#)

    Today I was frantically looking for dinner ideas because it was my turn to make dinner. I wanted something fast and easy because I had limited time and I am so glad I found your recipe! It was easy to follow and it was delicious. This is my first time trying Orzo (I thought it was rice when I saw the pics😅) and I want to try it again. This recipe is going to be in my dinner rotations from now on. Thank you!!!!  

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 14th, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

      Thank you Dahiana — we appreciate you giving this a try, and we’re so happy you enjoyed it! :)

  13. Rachel @ Mesa Cooking Co. — May 1, 2016 @ 4:59 pm (#)

    I loved this recipe! Such a simple soup to throw together and totally packed with flavor. Really enjoyed it! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 3rd, 2016 @ 7:51 am

      Thanks Rachel — we’re so glad to hear that! :)

  14. Jacquie — May 2, 2016 @ 12:21 pm (#)

    This looks DELICIOUS and I can’t wait to make it tonight!  Quick question:  can I use rice instead of orzo pasta (I don’t have any and can’t make it to the store before dinner)?

    If so, would I follow the exact same directions as if it were the pasta or cook it first?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 3rd, 2016 @ 10:42 am

      Thanks Jacquie — we hope you love it! If using rice, we would suggest cooking the rice separately and then adding it to the soup at the end.

  15. Liz — May 4, 2016 @ 3:19 pm (#)

    This soup is delicious!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 4th, 2016 @ 10:43 pm

      Thank you Liz — we’re happy you enjoyed it!

  16. Emily — May 10, 2016 @ 2:49 pm (#)

    I’m excited to try this for the first time tonight!! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 15th, 2016 @ 10:17 pm

      Awesome! We hope you enjoyed it Emily! :)


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