Italian Orzo Spinach Soup

August 27, 2014 by Ali

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

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

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 shape
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 4 cups loosely-packed fresh spinach
  • salt and black pepper

Method

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, 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.

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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56 thoughts on “Italian Orzo Spinach Soup

  1. Did you add the orzo raw, or did you cook it first?

    - Amy

  2. Did you use fresh or frozen spinach?
    Looks great and I want to make it this weekend!

    - Sarah

  3. I made this and it was DELICIOUS. My boyfriend keeps bugging me to make it again! I’m for sure keeping this recipe around.

    - H

  4. Thank you. I’m always on the look out for organic food, and I love whole wheat.

    - Gary

  5. There is nothing about this post I don’t agree with..loving orzo,stockpiling ingredients, wrong side of bed, cooking in 100 degree day and feeling good lol. Gorgeous photos and on my list to make. Thanks!!

    - becky

  6. I made this soup a couple of days ago and my wife and I have put it on our “keepers” list. The next time we make it we’re thinking of frying a small bit of pancetta or chorizo with the onions to add an extra flavor.

    - David Orr

  7. Wonderful flavor!!! I added cabbage, and substituted kale for spinach, and it turned out beautifully!!! And of course i veganized it using vegan chicken broth and vegan veggie broth.

    - Jessica

  8. Awesome soup. It was so yummy. I added a can of white beans and added parmesan cheese. Will make again!

    - Teresa Paddock

  9. Just made this for lunch. Absolutely perfect! Thanks for the recipe!

    - Evelyn

  10. I love this and I have all the ingredients on hand!

    - Cindy

  11. I made this tonight for dinner. My husband loved it!! I used 1/2 tsp of Italian seasoning, 1/4 tsp of rosemary, 1 cup orzo, 5 cups veggie stock, and added 1 package of smoked turkey sausage. Absolutely delicious!!

    - Heather

  12. Love this soup, Ali! It’s bright, light and comfort food at it’s finest! xo

    - kelley {mountain mama cooks}

  13. Made this awesome soup today for 5 adults and 3 kiddos. My son and daughter-in-law gave us a grinder of All ‘Round Good Grinder Blend salt from The Salt Table so we added it to the soup at the table and let me tell you it took the soup up to another level ! We served the soup with rosemary croccatini that I placed shredded mozzarella on top of and then heated till the cheese was lightly melted. Lunch was a success. Thank you for this wonderful recipe.

    - Jeanne

  14. This was really good! And my vegetarian dtr loved it also! I did add a bit more vegetable stock to the leftovers the next day as the orzo soaked up all the broth overnight. We will definitely make this again.

    - Dana

  15. I’ve just made this and it turned out perfect:-) Every bit was eaten so thanks for the recipe!

    - angie

  16. I’m glad you are able to reset yourself fairly easily. It takes me days! Even after years of practice… I’m not a big soup eater, but this one sounds very nice, definitely worth trying.

    - Susan

  17. Orzo in soup is my favorite. I have NEVER thought to set my oven alarm when I don’t have my phone… SUCH a good idea!!

    - Sues

  18. This recipe looks really lovely! So comforting. I love a good chunky soup!

    - Jessica @ Sweet Menu

  19. This looks so so good. Man, you are really hitting it out of the park lately with your blog, your recipes/posts, and photography. Great job!! Your recipes and blog have really been amazing always, but recently, it is elevated to a whole new and better level. Seriously. Really proud of you. You’re doing fabulous. One of my favorite blogs out there, hands down. ; )

    - Danielle

  20. You hit the nail on the head Ali. When I’m having a bad day I often say to myself “I’ll start over tomorrow”. But no! I should be saying “OK lets turn things around RIGHT NOW”. Great reminder. Oh and I love that you used your oven timer as an alarm clock….:-)

    - Liz @ Floating Kitchen

  21. Oooh I’m saving this one for soup season! Looks fantastic. I’m really excited to hear about the whole wheat orzo. Gotta seek it out!

    - Maryea {happy healthy mama}

  22. I just bought a bag of DeLallo’s orzo!! Now I know what to do with it – this soup sounds fantastic! Pinned!

    - Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

  23. Good for you Ali. That saying that happiness is a choice is true.
    We are so blessed to have the power of choice—how we choose to react to life. Plus this is one yummy soup. Of course I am a year round soup eater, so I am a bit prejudiced. Or maybe that makes me more discriminating. Oh well—-doesn’t matter. Good soup recipe. I pinned it.

    - Carol at Wild Goose Tea

  24. This sounds amazing! Now that September is almost here, it is nearly soup season. I am excited to try this one! And I’ll be honest.. I actually made chili this past weekend ;)

    - Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

  25. This looks amazing and I’ve been loving orzo recently! I’ve only tried it in pasta salads but this looks fabulous!

    - Millie | Add A Little

  26. I’ve never tried orzo in soup but it looks like the perfect soup-pasta!

    - Sarah (@ People, Places & Plates)

  27. Yum! Definitely tucking this recipe away for fall. I’m dying to get my hands on some whole wheat orzo!

    - Julie

  28. Soup makes everything better. Love that you used whole wheat! xo

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

  29. Looks good! But, this is not vegetarian with chicken stock.

    - Rachael

  30. Lovely soup! Great flavors!!

    - Jenny Flake

  31. Such a delicious and perfect comfort food!!

    - ami@naivecookcooks

  32. It’s amazing how cooking can soothe the soul on stressful days… The orzo in this soup looks so hearty ~ going to have to see if DeLallo is carried here. Pinned for my family!

    - Heather @ Shards of Lavender

  33. Such a nice colourful soup! This looks lovely!

    - Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

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    - Jessica