Italian Orzo Spinach Soup

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

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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  5. I made this last night, and it turned out great! I used veggie broth rather than chicken broth for my vegan friend. I didn’t add any salt so I just put the salt shaker on the table. Everyone loved it!

    I added all the ingredients to MyFitnessPal and if you separate it into 6 servings (which were pretty reasonable servings), it came out to be 220ish calories per serving. Great recipe! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  8. I made this last night and it was great! The spices were just right, but the carrots were still crunchy. Next time I guess I’ll just sautee them longer, but I’m wondering if that will have any effect on the celery and onions? Anyway, great recipe, will definitely be a regular at our house!

    • Thanks Jessica, we’re happy to hear you enjoyed it! That’s strange that the carrots weren’t cooked enough. You can cut them a bit smaller next time, or yes, you can most definitely sauté them longer. Just to make sure the celery and onions don’t get overcooked or mushy, we’d suggest cooking them by themselves for awhile, before adding the celery and onions. We hope this is helpful! :)

  9. Can I freeze leftovers?

  10. Very quick and easy soup to make. Used both chicken broth and vegetable broth. Left out the rosemary since I’m not a fan of it. Will definitely make this again!

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  12. I’m seeing all the wonderful comments on how great this soup is! I can’t wait to try it. But I’m wondering what most people are using- chicken stock or vegatable? What did you use for the soup posted in the picture? Thanks 

    • Hi Christine! We used chicken stock. It’s totally up to you though, hope you enjoy! :)

  13. Can you freeze this soup? It looks GREAT!

  14. I make this often and it’s soooo good. I made an alteration and diced up some smoked beef kielbasa and added that to the pot with the celery, carots, and garlic. My husband loves it.

    • We’re glad to hear that Sarah, and that smoked beef kielbasa sounds like the yummiest addition – good thinking! :D

  15. I am making this tonight for the 3rd or 4th time. We are going to enjoy it with garlic bread and a big salad. I like to spice this up a bit, decrease the amount of pasta and swirls pesto on the top. 

    I also made your chai granola today – love your blog 

    • Thank you Sonali, we’re so happy to hear you love this soup, and the granola too! Thanks for your sweet words about the blog, we’re glad you’re a fan! :)

  16. I made this soup just now after working nightshift! It’s amazing. Thank you for the recipe! 

  17. This is my family’s favorite cold weather soup!  Sooooo comforting!

  18. I made this today and it was delicious, I will be making this soup again and again.

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  21. Love love love this soup! I added some spicy chicken sausage (the husband won’t eat soup without some sort of meat haha!). Very tasty. Full of flavor. Hearty and filling for sure!

  22. I made it last night add some Italian sausage to be more filling taste amazing so simple to make

  23. Found this recipe on Pinterest last night and made it today. Easy to make and delicious. Topped it with fresh grated parmesan cheese. Next time I’ll add zucchini, sweet potatoes,  and Italian sausage. Will reduce the celery per husband’s request. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks Shirley, we’re so glad you liked it, and we bet the zucchini, sweet potatoes and Italian sausage would all be wonderful additions!

  24. This soup is light, yet nourishing. I’m making it for the second time tonight. Thank you for the recipe!

  25. I would love to try this. Can you put all this in a slow cooker? 

    • Hi Razel! You can definitely make this in the slow cooker. However, you’ll need to cook the orzo separately (since cooking pasta in a slow cooker is a bit precarious, especially one as delicate as orzo). Also, you’ll want to add the spinach at the end, since it will wilt/cook instantly, once added to the hot soup. Adding it any earlier will overcook it. You should be able to do this soup either on low, for 6-8 hours (until the veggies are all tender). We hope you enjoy!

  26. Can i get the calorie info for this email me please 

    • Hi there, 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!

  27. My husband and I have made this soup at least 5 times in the last 2-3 months! It’s definitely becoming a staple and a bi weekly go to. We love it and I wanted to thank you for the recipe!!! 

  28. I am a huge fan of orzo so I had to try this recipe. I added shredded chicken to mine. It was absolutely divine.
    Next time I will add some zucchini too. Yummy recipe.

  29. Made the soup it was very good and easy to make, the only thing i would change is the amount of orzo. It ended up being to much orzo and not enough of broth.  Half the amount of orzo works well. Thanks for a easy and good soup recipe.

    • We’re happy you enjoyed this Debbie, and we appreciate your feedback – thank you! :)

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  31. I was skeptical! But NO more! This was awesome I served crusty warm garlic bread and a spinach salad with warm bacon dressing. Everything complimented each other…and we got our vegetables in on this harsh cold winter evening.  Thank you for a wonderful recipe

  32. Sounds great! Curious…do you add the whole can of tomatoes with the liquid, or do you drain the tomatoes?


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  34. Sound yummy but I don’t like celery and want to leave out…..any suggestions for a substitution???

    • No worries Sherry! We’d say you could add a leek or even a red/orange/yellow bell pepper if you like, or extra carrot. We hope you enjoy! :)

  35. Do you know how many calories per serving this is?

    • Hi Jacqueline! 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!

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  37. This is really yummy and comforting and satisfying! I used zucchini in place of the celery and added white cannellini beans for some protein, and a little shredded Parmesan on top when served. Delish! 

  38. Tried this a while back and it was a hit.  I am about to make it again so I looked up the recipe again.  Excellent!

  39. I made this tonight. I sautéed butternut squash with the vegetables and it was a great addition to the dish. 

  40. Can I use fresh baby spinach for this or would you suggest frozen spinach?

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  43. Your pictures of this soup were mouth watering….kudos to the photographer.  I plan to make this over the weekend as we are expecting snow.  Couldn’t think of a better soup to make than a pot if this yumminess!  Thanks…keep the recipes coming.

  44. This soup is so good! So hearty and filling! I followed the amounts exactly and it turned out perfect. Great for leftovers too! I will definitely be making this one again!

  45. I found this recipe online today and wanted to cook it , omg it was amazing and my dinner looked exactly like the picture and was so delicious i cant wait to cook more vegetarian food 

  46. This is probably one of the best soups I have ever made! I was expecting it to have little, to no flavor, But when I tasted it I was shocked. It was delicious! I had a friend over for dinner and she laughed at the change in expression on my face. This is such a minimal ingredient recipe with a huge kick of flavor! Highly recommend! 

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  49. I made this for the first time & it was delicious!! I added Italian sausage and it was a perfect compliment to this soup!! Great recipe!!! 

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