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.

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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. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 27, 2014 @ 6:38 am (#)

    Such a nice colourful soup! This looks lovely!

  2. Heather @ Shards of Lavender — August 27, 2014 @ 6:55 am (#)

    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!

  3. ami@naivecookcooks — August 27, 2014 @ 7:26 am (#)

    Such a delicious and perfect comfort food!!

  4. Jenny Flake — August 27, 2014 @ 7:26 am (#)

    Lovely soup! Great flavors!!

  5. Rachael — August 27, 2014 @ 7:28 am (#)

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

    • Ali — August 27, 2014 @ 10:22 pm (#)

      Oops! I meant to say that vegetable stock is also an option. That’s edited in the recipe now. Thanks! :)

  6. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — August 27, 2014 @ 8:26 am (#)

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

  7. Julie — August 27, 2014 @ 9:29 am (#)

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

  8. Sarah (@ People, Places & Plates) — August 27, 2014 @ 9:41 am (#)

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

  9. Millie | Add A Little — August 27, 2014 @ 10:29 am (#)

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

  10. Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl — August 27, 2014 @ 10:39 am (#)

    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 ;)

    • Sadye — August 27, 2014 @ 3:59 pm (#)

      I’ve found that soup season and summer do overlap, if you work in a way-too-air-conditioned office building like I do ;)

  11. Carol at Wild Goose Tea — August 27, 2014 @ 10:46 am (#)

    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.

  12. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — August 27, 2014 @ 11:13 am (#)

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

  13. Maryea {happy healthy mama} — August 27, 2014 @ 2:20 pm (#)

    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!

  14. Liz @ Floating Kitchen — August 27, 2014 @ 4:32 pm (#)

    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….:-)

  15. Danielle — August 27, 2014 @ 6:18 pm (#)

    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. ; )

  16. Jessica @ Sweet Menu — August 27, 2014 @ 9:49 pm (#)

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

  17. Sues — August 27, 2014 @ 10:37 pm (#)

    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!!

  18. Sarah Morarie — August 28, 2014 @ 4:28 pm (#)

    I have had another orzo soup that was identical to this one but was lemon flavored or citrusy like lemons. I would love to add that in but have no idea how I would make it a lemon orzo soup. It was also mild, you could taste it like it blended with the other ingredients but still stuck out a little.

  19. Susan — August 29, 2014 @ 7:48 am (#)

    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.

  20. angie — August 29, 2014 @ 11:36 am (#)

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

  21. Dana — August 31, 2014 @ 11:51 am (#)

    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.

  22. Jeanne — August 31, 2014 @ 12:58 pm (#)

    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.

  23. kelley {mountain mama cooks} — September 4, 2014 @ 4:02 pm (#)

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

  24. Heather — September 4, 2014 @ 10:29 pm (#)

    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!!

  25. Cindy — September 6, 2014 @ 12:07 pm (#)

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

  26. Evelyn — September 6, 2014 @ 1:39 pm (#)

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

  27. Jessica — September 7, 2014 @ 1:34 pm (#)

    Do you drain te canned tomatoes?

    • Jessica — September 7, 2014 @ 1:35 pm (#)


    • Amanda — September 29, 2014 @ 2:35 pm (#)

      Hi! Can this be made in a crockpot?

    • Ali — October 4, 2014 @ 2:30 pm (#)

      It can, but you would need to add the orzo in near the end of cooking. (Like, the last 20 minutes or so.) Enjoy!

  28. Teresa Paddock — September 7, 2014 @ 6:01 pm (#)

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

  29. Jessica — September 9, 2014 @ 8:39 pm (#)

    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.

  30. David Orr — September 12, 2014 @ 8:38 am (#)

    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.

  31. becky — September 12, 2014 @ 1:21 pm (#)

    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!!

  32. Gary — September 13, 2014 @ 11:25 am (#)

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

  33. Courtney — September 14, 2014 @ 6:37 am (#)

    Can this soup be frozen?

    • Ali — October 18, 2014 @ 6:04 pm (#)

      Yes it can be frozen. Enjoy!

  34. H — September 15, 2014 @ 1:50 pm (#)

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

  35. Sarah — September 24, 2014 @ 10:22 am (#)

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

    • Ali — September 24, 2014 @ 11:17 pm (#)

      Thanks Sarah! And oops – I forgot to clarify. I used fresh spinach. (Just edited that in the recipe.)


  36. Amy — September 25, 2014 @ 11:14 pm (#)

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

    • Ali — September 26, 2014 @ 12:45 am (#)

      I added it raw (dry).

  37. Demelza — October 5, 2014 @ 5:50 pm (#)

    Made this for lunch today. Delicious and very beautiful soup!

  38. Fran G — October 7, 2014 @ 9:56 pm (#)

    Yhis was delicious! I used regular tomatos because I don’t like things spicy. It still was delicious and flavorful. I will definetly be making it again!

  39. Ruta — October 9, 2014 @ 11:52 am (#)

    This looks SO SO SO delicious! Definitely trying it now that the weather has gone cooler.. Is there anything I could use instead of fire-roasted tomatoes?

  40. ada mok — October 11, 2014 @ 2:56 pm (#)

    When do you add the pasta? Did I miss something? Looks delicious.

    • Ali — October 11, 2014 @ 4:00 pm (#)

      You add the pasta (orzo) in along with the chicken stock. Hope you enjoy it! :)

  41. Paige — October 14, 2014 @ 6:46 am (#)

    i have everything to make this today :) however, do you think I could use frozen spinach? 

  42. liz — October 19, 2014 @ 10:07 pm (#)

    Made this tonight and it was delicious!  (I did add turkey kielbasa)


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