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. | gimmesomeoven.com

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! | gimmesomeoven.com

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! | gimmesomeoven.com

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! | gimmesomeoven.com

…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! | gimmesomeoven.com

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

Description

This delicious Italian Orzo Spinach Soup is simple, flavorful, and so comforting.


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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
  • 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

Instructions

  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! | gimmesomeoven.com

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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.

  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!