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Italian Orzo Spinach Soup

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This Italian Orzo Spinach Soup recipe is quick and easy to make and so delicious and 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!

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Italian Orzo Spinach Soup

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 -6 servings 1x


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 ouncesDeLallo 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.  (Also feel free to add more of the thyme, oregano and rosemary, if you’d like.)
  3. Serve warm, garnished with your desired toppings.

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

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509 comments on “Italian Orzo Spinach Soup”

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  1. This was excellent. I cooked the orzo separately because not all of us enjoy it in soup, but other than that we followed this to the letter. We opted for vegetable broth and we all added the Parmesan and red pepper flakes.
    This will become a staple recipe. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Excellent Soup! I followed your exact recipe and it was delicious. I frozen a container to bring to my sister. I definitely plan on try more of your recipes.

  3. Looking for nutrition details, such as calories per serving? Did I miss that information? This recipe is planned for later this week; I will post further comments at that point. Thank you for your time!

  4. One of my families favorite recipes. We make it exactly as written. Have made it time and time again. Never disappoints! Thanks for all the great recipes.

  5. This is so yummy! Though I do feel that for the amount orzo..there isn’t enough chicken stock. Ended up more like a stew rather than a soup. I will add more chicken stock next time I make this so that it’ll be more soupy. I added some cheese into my bowl and yum yum!!

  6. My 5 kids love this soup! I love how they don’t mind the spinach in it :)

    We’ve been eating this about every 8 weeks for a year. Now they are starting to make it with alphabet noodles instead of orzo LOL. Not authentic that way, but hey . . .

    Thanks for a great recipe!

  7. Amazing! I added extra veggie stock and extra of all the veggies as well. Makes a lot and stays pretty well in the fridge. Definitely will be on repeat in my kitchen for this fall! Thanks!

  8. Devious soup!!!! Will make all winter long

    Only thing I did different, which I do with all my soups, because it just doesn’t all get eaten at one sitting. I cook the orzo (or pasta or rice for other recipes) separately
    I add to the bowls as soup is eaten , this way all my broth doesn’t get absorbed. Then I just refrigerate the leftover orzo separately from the soup

  9. Excellent one

  10. I tried this tonight and we made it gluten free. Delicious! Everyone loved it.

  11. This soup is wonderful! Even my most stubborn grandchild enjoyed it. I followed the instructions verbatim and it was great I wouldn’t change a thing.
    Thank you