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!


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 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.  (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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  1. 5 stars
    Love this recipe we have been making this several times a month for sometime now but I did make some changes over the course to tailor it to our paletes.

    We add a diced courgette to the mix, only one garlic, more herbs plus dried basil, we don’t have fire-roasted diced tomatoes (they do sound great BTW :D ) anywhere around here so we swapped out this for canned cherry tomatoes and also added a 500 grams of passata to rich it up a bit.

    Thanks for posting this it has become a house hold fav.

  2. Spinach is hard on the kidneys so I substituted it with arugula. I also added two cooked chicken breasts. So colorful and delicious.

  3. 5 stars
    This was delicious! We loved the Parmesan cheese with it! I added more onions and carrots than suggested to make the soup less brothy and it was so good!

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  5. This was awesome and the flavor was the bomb.

  6. I am anxious to try this. Can you make ahead and freeze?

  7. This soup sounds delicious. Do you think it could be adjusted to be made in an Insta Pot? I can’t wait to make this. Thank you.

  8. 5 stars
    This is an amazingly simple yet wonderful soup!! I made this to take for lunch this week along with a salad. I just ate a bowl with some freshly grated parmesan cheese and added some creole seasoning for a little extra kick and it is so delightful!! Will add some chicken to the bowls for the carnivores but I love it as is!!

  9. 5 stars
    This is a delicious soup. Everyone to whom I’ve served it loves it. I substitute leek for the onion (just prefer it, especially in soup). I prefer to use reduced salt canned tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano. Also have added cut up rotisserie chicken and cut up turkey from tenderloins (need to put in a little earlier if using raw meat).

  10. 4 stars
    Super delish! Just removed the parmesan cheese to make it vegan!

  11. 5 stars
    I love soup and this one is delicious! Love the orzo and fresh veggies! I would make it with 3/4 to 1 cup of orzo next time. It was perfect when we ate it, but as it cooled, the orzo absorbed most of the broth. Great recipe!

  12. 5 stars
    This dish is packed with flavor!!! I shared your recipe on my Facebook page Veggielicious and it’s a huge hit! I’m vegan so I used unsalted veggie stock and it was so delicious and easy to make I will surely be making it again! Already two of my colleagues went out to buy the ingredients for it! Thanks so much!

  13. 4 stars
    This soup is awesome! I didn’t have orzo, so I subbed small shells. Obviously pretty different, but I added a little more broth to help balance. I didn’t think that it was seasoned quite enough, so I adjusted that too. We also like slightly heartier soups, so I added ground seasoned chicken. Also, totally necessary with fresh grated parmesan and red pepper flakes as recommended!

  14. 5 stars
    Could be my all time favorite. Used only 3/4 cup Orzo and added 1 lb ground pork and a small pinch of crushed red pepper flakes.

    • Hi has anyone Frozen their soup to serve at a later date? I’m going to retreat and would love to bring this made in advance Frozen.

  15. 5 stars
    excellent added basil. next time may add chicken or ground sausage.
    did not cook orzo with veggies, cooked orzo in broth then added to each bowl this way all the broth in soup is not absorbed by orzo.

  16. Nice but definitely sauté the celery and carrots longer. My vegetables came out chewy following these directions….

  17. Yum! My new go-to vegetable soup! So good, and Italian, too! Love it!
    Thanks for sharing!

  18. This was easy to put together and the flavors were scrumptious. The only thing I did was to chop the spinach due to picky eaters. Thank you Ali!

  19. Excellent!

  20. I added shiitake mushrooms and it worked really well.

  21. Love this recipe though I changed a few things. Like others, cooked the celery and carrots a little longer. I also added some cayenne pepper to my seasonings (maybe 1/8th tsp). I also added about 1/3 cup of half and half to give it some creaminess. And went with less orzo (1 cup) as others did as well. I thought this made the recipe delightful! To note my husband is a self-proclaimed “meatatarian” and really doesn’t like vegetables and he said he would eat this again! In the end, really great savory taste while still being light and full of dynamic flavors from the veggies. HIGHLY recommend this recipe.

  22. This soup turned out fabulous! There was great flavor and it was very filling. I used slightly less Orzo because that is all I had and it was MORE than enough. If you want to reduce the calories I would suggest less orzo and more broth. I will definitely make this soup again!

  23. I followed other’s suggestions and it was delicious!
    * Double the spices
    * Increased chicken broth to 7 cups
    * Reduced orzo to 1c
    * Added juice of 1/2 SMALL lemon for brightness
    * Added sausage

    Next day, the orzo definitely absorbed more moisture, but still a soup.

  24. Delicious! Family loved it. Great on a cold winter snowy night.

  25. Loved this soup! I’m not very good in the kitchen, but this was easy! I made it with extra veggies and it’s tasty! Next time I’m gonna add sausage. Thanks for the recipe!

  26. My favorite.. so delicious!

  27. This soup is a staple at our house. So easy and quick to make and unbelievably delicious.

  28. This is a wonderful soup!!!!

  29. This has been a fave of my family’s. I usually do add some italian sausage.

  30. Made this tonight! So yummy! Didn’t have garlic, so I added garlic powder instead. I also added cannelloni beans to the soup- superb!

  31. I made this soup yesterday, and it was delicious. I added a little cut up chicken I had in the refrigerator and parmesan cheese. My husband loved the soup so it will definitely be a regularly made soup in our home.

  32. I added sausage, did not use fire tomatoes- instead I used diced tomatoes with green chilies. Very good!!!

  33. This soup was absolutely delicious! I added chicken to mine, but did not have spinach on hand, and still turned out great! One thing I have to remember is to cook my orzo separate and then add it to my bowl of soup once I’m ready to eat because orzo does……sop up a lot of your liquid!! Great recipe and a definite keeper, thank you!

  34. One of my favorite soups. We usually don’t have fire roasted tomatoes but regular petite diced potatoes work just fine.

  35. I was looking for a nutritious, comforting meal that’s quick and easy. This is the one! I used kale instead of spinach..still delicious, and everyone ate it :)

  36. Excellent recipe. I made it for a vegetarian. Very flavorful. I may add a little crumbled browned sausage
    for non-vegetarians next time. But honestly, the original recipe, made exactly as directed, was full of flavor and fine without adding any meat. Shredded parmesan is a great topping. Easy and delicious! I was happy to find the DeLallo whole wheat organic orzo at Shaw’s Supermarket.

  37. This was so easy & budget friendly! I didn’t make any adjustments & it turned out perfect. Thank you for this recipe. We will definitely make this again!