Italian Orzo Spinach Soup

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

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

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

Directions:

  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.
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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. Such a nice colourful soup! This looks lovely!

  2. 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. Lovely soup! Great flavors!!

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

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

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

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

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

  9. 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 ;)

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

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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!

  13. 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….:-)

  14. 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. ; )

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

  16. 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!!

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

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

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

  24. 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!!

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

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

  28. Do you drain te canned tomatoes?

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

  30. 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.

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  32. 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.

  33. 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!!

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

  35. Can this soup be frozen?

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

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