Italian Orzo Spinach Soup

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

This Italian Orzo Spinach Soup recipe is ready to go in 30 minutes, and it's so delicious and comforting! Feel free to add in some Italian sausage if you'd like extra protein. |

This post is sponsored by DeLallo, maker of my favorite whole wheat pasta.

One of my good friends has a rule that none of us are allowed to complain about the weather here in Kansas City when we’re around her. 😉

Somehow, though, this still happens all the time, since it always seems to be “unseasonably” something-or-other.  There’s always someone lamenting about the lack of snow this winter.  Or the return of a freezing windchill after an unusually warm week.  Or how every single meteorologist totally blew it predicting the “ice storm of the century” a few weeks ago.  Ya know, normal Midwestern weather small talk…

Well, the second that crosses over into complaining or I-can’t-believe-this-is-happening-ing, she’s there with her classic — “Guys!  We live in the freaking Midwest.  There’s no such thing as normal weather here.  You’ve gotta expect the unexpected.  It’s this way every single year, remember?!”

We’ve gotta admit — she has a point. 😂 😂 😂

So when the temperature took a nosedive again this week after a gloriously sunny weekend in the 60s, I bit my tongue and forbid myself to whine about it.  And, instead, dove back into full-on winter hibernating mode.  I pulled on my favorite ultra-comfy sweater and slippers, made a warm cup of my favorite hot tea, and got to work making a big batch of this favorite comforting soup to eat this week.

And it totally hit the spot.

This Italian Orzo Spinach Soup recipe is easy to make in 30 minutes, and it's SO delicious and comforting! |

Some of you already know and love this recipe — it was one that I shared on the blog about three years ago.  (👆🏻That was the original photo!)  But for anyone who missed it, I thought I’d bump it to the top of the blog again, since this recipe is a total winner and one I still make often.
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One of the main reasons I love this soup is because it uses my favorite whole wheat pasta in the world, made by DeLallo.  I love it because it’s legitimately delicious, as opposed to most other whole-wheat pastas I’ve tried, which seem to fall in the good-for-you-but-not-so-tasty category.  This stuff = awesome.  And I’m especially partial to this particular whole wheat orzo, which I always keep stocked in the pantry for quick soups and sides.Italian Orzo Spinach Soup Recipe 3

I’m also a fan of this recipe because it’s packed full of fresh spinach.  (Or, you could also use fresh kale or collards in this recipe.)  Honestly, I sneak a few handfuls of spinach into just about any soup I make nowadays, since it’s such an easy way to add extra greens (that have such a mild flavor) to my meal.

This Italian Orzo Spinach Soup recipe is easy to make in 30 minutes, and it's SO delicious and comforting! |

And of course, I also love this one because it all comes together easily in about 30 minutes.  Just saute your veggies, then let everything simmer until the pasta is al dente and ready to go…

This Italian Orzo Spinach Soup recipe is easy to make in 30 minutes, and it's SO delicious and comforting! |

…and then voila!  This warm, comforting, and absolutely delicious bowl of soup will be yours to enjoy.

This Italian Orzo Spinach Soup recipe is easy to make in 30 minutes, and it's SO delicious and comforting! |

I like loading mine up with lots of Parmesan (and crushed red pepper, which I missed adding in the photo here).  But feel free to top yours with whatever sounds good.

Enjoy, friends!

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
  • optional toppings: freshly-grated Parmesan cheese, crushed red pepper flakes


  1. Heat oil in a large stock pot 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.
  2. Stir in the spinach and cook for 1-2 minutes until it is bright green and wilted. Taste, and season with salt and black pepper as needed.
  3. Serve warm, garnished with your desired toppings.

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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This Italian Orzo Spinach Soup recipe is easy to make in 30 minutes, and it's SO delicious and comforting! |

This post is sponsored by DeLallo Foods, maker of my favorite whole wheat pasta.  Thank you for supporting the brands who help make this site possible!  

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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.

  8. Audrey — November 20, 2016 @ 9:03 pm (#)

    This soup is delicious! My whole family loved it! The only thing is that there was too much orzo to my liking, the soup was very thick. It’s not a problem though, I will definitely cook this again and put less orzo. Thank you for sharing!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 27th, 2016 @ 5:03 pm

      We’re so glad to hear you and your family enjoyed it! And definitely feel free to use less orzo next time. :)

  9. Jan Ean — November 28, 2016 @ 12:03 pm (#)

    Love Love LOVE this soup! I’d take this over my standard chicken noodles soup any day of the week and twice on Sunday! So simple and yet SO perfect! My only change was to use a blend of orzo and parboiled rice (I already had premixed for homemade rice dishes) … that, and I threw in a small rind of Parmigiana cheese towards the end for a little added flavor. I’m just nuts for this soup! Comfort food at its best. Thank you so much for recipe :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 28th, 2016 @ 12:45 pm

      Thanks for your sweet words, Jan — we’re so happy you enjoy this recipe! :)

  10. Jessica — December 27, 2016 @ 3:23 pm (#)

    This is so good! I added Italian sausage and had frozen spinach on hand instead of fresh. Turned out really well!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 9th, 2017 @ 9:15 pm

      We’re so happy you enjoyed it, Jessica!

  11. Nena Horack — December 27, 2016 @ 8:41 pm (#)

    I loved this soup and am making it again. It was easy to put together AND SIMPLY DELICIOUS!! I had bought some orzo for another recipe that I didn’t make, so glad I had it handy for this recipe! This is one of my new favorite soup recipes and perfect for this time of year..

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 9th, 2017 @ 9:14 pm

      We’re so happy you’re a fan, Nena! :)

  12. Dee — December 29, 2016 @ 9:25 pm (#)

    I’ve made this soup numerous times. Love it just the way it is. Or for more substance add rotisserie chicken pieces for more body. Or roasted chicken breast. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 9th, 2017 @ 8:04 pm

      We’re so glad you enjoy it, Dee!

  13. Susanne Hannigan — January 2, 2017 @ 5:59 pm (#)

    This is a delicious recipe…and so easy to make. The only recommendation would be to add 8 cups of broth in order to thin the broth a bit. This is sure to be a recipe I will replicate many times in the future…and share. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 13th, 2017 @ 9:45 am

      Thanks for sharing, Susanne — we’re glad you enjoyed it!

  14. Mairi maciver — January 4, 2017 @ 9:12 am (#)

    Love this soup!😍 Shared on my Instagram mairikmac76

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 13th, 2017 @ 8:39 am

      We’re so glad to hear that, Mairi — and thanks for sharing! :)

  15. Tara — January 4, 2017 @ 9:17 pm (#)

    Not sure this qualifies as a soup.  It’s closer in consistency to a one-pot pasta dish, or at least that’s how mine turned out.  Totally not complaining though; I think I’m happier that it ended up that way :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 12th, 2017 @ 12:06 pm

      We’re glad you enjoyed it, and you can definitely use more stock to thin it out next time if you like!

  16. M. Arbolimo — January 7, 2017 @ 5:21 am (#)

    Thank you so much this soup is great.  After the holidays & funds are low, this soup is a great remedy on a cold winter night.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 11th, 2017 @ 1:43 pm

      We’re so glad you enjoy it!

  17. Tabitha — January 9, 2017 @ 7:21 pm (#)

    I made this tonight and it was delicious! Such an easy weeknight meal!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 9th, 2017 @ 9:23 pm

      We’re so happy to hear you liked it, Tabitha!

  18. Celeste Queen — January 15, 2017 @ 7:50 pm (#)

    Love this soup!  I put fresh spinach leaves in soup bowl then add the hot soup. Spinach wilts enough to be just perfect. 

    • Ali — March 27th, 2017 @ 4:55 pm

      Yay, I’m so glad to hear it!

  19. Daisy — January 18, 2017 @ 5:55 am (#)

    Ah I would love to make this but i dont know the measurements in ‘cups’. Maybe i will freestyle…

  20. Tricia Marr — January 27, 2017 @ 8:40 pm (#)

    I made this for supper tonight, it is yummy.  Five stars!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 30th, 2017 @ 11:22 am

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Tricia!

  21. Beth — January 28, 2017 @ 4:57 am (#)

    Just made this and it was so great! definitely has that warm comforting feeling you described.

    The only modification I made was I added 2 small tomatoes to add a bit more chunkiness.

    Was absolutely delicious!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 30th, 2017 @ 11:29 am

      Thanks for sharing with us, Beth — we’re so happy you enjoyed it!

  22. Janet — February 13, 2017 @ 6:16 pm (#)

    I made this for my family and they loved it! The only thing I did different was putting two pieces of pecorino Romano cheese rines in the soup and also two knors chicken bullion squares.recommend 100 percent!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 14th, 2017 @ 10:46 am

      Awesome idea, and we’re so glad you enjoyed it! :)

  23. Suzanne Harkinson — February 15, 2017 @ 2:44 pm (#)

    I think I have made this four times since Christmas. It is delicious! I had it for lunch today.

  24. Maria — February 15, 2017 @ 5:41 pm (#)

    This soup looks like a big warm hug!  These flavors look like such a great combo!  After all, who said comfort foods have to be boring !  I’m pinning this one to make next week! :) 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 15th, 2017 @ 6:01 pm

      Thank you, Maria — we hope you love it! :)

  25. Mary Corrigan — February 15, 2017 @ 6:30 pm (#)

    This looks like a great recipe! I’m going to make it for a soup swap I’m hosting on Monday.  If I make the soup with the orzo and then freeze it, with the orzo get all mushy.  Do you have any special tips for freezing the soup?

  26. Emily — February 15, 2017 @ 7:09 pm (#)

    This looks amazing. Your version of Zuppa Toscana is in constant rotation at my house, so I’ll definitely be giving this a try for it’s similar but different flavors!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 16th, 2017 @ 12:22 pm

      Thank you, Emily! We’re so glad to hear you enjoy the Zuppa Toscana and we hope you enjoy this one as well! :)

  27. Vickie — February 15, 2017 @ 11:08 pm (#)

    This is a family favorite….but I had Italian Sausage to it. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 16th, 2017 @ 12:06 pm

      We’re glad to hear that, Vickie!

  28. R.Srivastava — February 15, 2017 @ 11:38 pm (#)

    Italian spinach soup.. really loved it.. i going to try this.. the pictures are awesome.. and good write-up , you had written in so simple manner… thanks for sharing the recipe.. keep posting.. thank you

  29. Angela Stanton — February 16, 2017 @ 11:46 am (#)

    This looks really delicious and its timely for me coming across this now, my cousin who loves soup very much is visiting for the weekend so I am going to make this.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 16th, 2017 @ 12:07 pm

      Awesome, we hope you guys love it, Angela!

  30. Leslie — February 18, 2017 @ 3:32 pm (#)

    Can you tell me the nutritional value, please?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 20th, 2017 @ 10:57 am

      Hi Leslie! We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  31. Sarah — February 18, 2017 @ 5:30 pm (#)

    Made this tonight and it is FABULOUS! I also love that it is an affordable and tasty vegetarian dish :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 20th, 2017 @ 10:56 am

      Thanks for sharing, Sarah — we’re so happy you enjoyed it!

  32. ACRA — February 19, 2017 @ 4:48 pm (#)

    Made this almost exactly per the recipe today. (I had to add more broth.)

    My super picky 15 year old devoured most of it.

    That. Never. Happens.

    So, we have a new meal for Sundays for a while. Thank you!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 20th, 2017 @ 11:54 am

      Thanks for sharing, Acra — we’re so glad you and your picky 15 year-old enjoyed it! :)

  33. Ashley — February 22, 2017 @ 9:59 am (#)

    I am super excited to try making this tonight for my husband and I! I’ve been trying to eat as vegan as I can, and this recipe can so easily become vegan without adding cheese! Looking at the ingredients, I can tell there aren’t too many calories for a nice healthy dinner. Thanks for sharing! :) I’m thinking of adding a teeny bit of lime juice to the broth because my husband loves lime in soup! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 22nd, 2017 @ 11:21 am

      Thank you, Ashley — we hope you and your husband enjoy this! :)

  34. Nancy — February 24, 2017 @ 5:24 am (#)

    This soup is soooo delicious!! Can I freeze it?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 24th, 2017 @ 9:28 am

      Thanks, Nancy, and yes, we think you should be able to freeze this. However, it’s best not to freeze the soup with the pasta in it (the pasta doesn’t hold up well when defrosted and reheated, as it gets mushy). Therefore when you’re making this soup, don’t add the pasta to it. Then when you’re reheating it, cook fresh pasta and add it directly to the rewarmed soup. We hope this helps!

  35. Frances — March 1, 2017 @ 4:17 pm (#)

    Just found your website. You have a lot of recipes I look forward to making. Let you know how they turn out. Thank You!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 7th, 2017 @ 8:58 am

      Thank you, Frances, we’re glad you’re here! And yes, please do!

  36. Gillian — March 8, 2017 @ 2:40 pm (#)

    Made this today was very good can you freeze it 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 11th, 2017 @ 9:27 pm

      We’re glad you enjoyed it, Gillian! Yes, you can freeze this.

  37. Shannon — March 9, 2017 @ 10:13 am (#)

    Can’t wait to try making this! Does anyone know about how much volume this recipe yields for the 4-6 servings?

  38. Angela — March 11, 2017 @ 1:10 pm (#)

    Could this be done in the crock pot? If so, do you recommend putting the orzo in later on in the cooking time? I have made this stove top and it’s fantastic! Just seeing if I can cheat a little and get it prepped in the morning so I don’t have to cook it when I get home from work. Thanks in advance!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 12th, 2017 @ 9:16 am

      Hi Angela! We haven’t tried this in the crockpot, but we think it should work fine. We would definitely add the orzo towards the very end (last 10 min or so). We hope this helps!


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