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.
Italian Orzo Spinach Soup Recipe 2

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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612 comments on “Italian Orzo Spinach Soup”

  1. 5 stars
    Very good but next time I use the tom in this recipe , as I forgot them . I added yellow sweet tom instead and chix

    • 5 stars
      amazing soup! substituted orzo with quinoa and added some button mushrooms. Ghee was used to saute vegetables.

  2. 5 stars
    Hi! I made this recipe and it was delicious! I did add a 14 oz can of tomato sauce and one pound of browned Italian sausage.

  3. 5 stars
    Love this soup! I’ve made it twice now and it’s definitely on my go-to list for winter. I do add hot Italian sausage which really enhances the flavors. Also, I cut back on the orzo. Definitely one of my new favorites!

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  5. Hi, I would love to make this soup but can’t find a can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes. Can I substitute with a can of regular crushed tomatoes?

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  7. 5 stars
    This soup is absolutely delicious! I used oregano and basil and bumped up the garlic to 8 good sized cloves. Only used 4 ounces of orzo and it still soaked up a lot of the broth. So stinkin easy and fabulous!!!

  8. 5 stars
    Making this soup today. Such a beautiful, appealing soup and nothing compares with these flavours. Just love it! Could eat it every day, just give me some chocolate, too and I would be happy!

  9. 5 stars
    Soup, the gift that keeps on giving… So delicious you will make it many times. I used a lesser amount of orzo and it did no detract from the wonderful tast and texture. Thanks for this recipe.

  10. 5 stars
    This soup was flavorful and hearty. My husband is a meat and potatoes kind of guy and we really enjoyed this soup and was very satisfied.

  11. 4 stars
    Hi! Is there any nutritional info on this recipe?

  12. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe: foolproof, cheap to make and super tasty!

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  14. 5 stars
    Can you please list the calorie count per serving? Also can you use the tomatoes with chilies if you want a little heat?

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  16. 4 stars
    Perfect snow day lunch! I did add a bit more rosemary but thats the only tweaking that was needed. I made it to feed our schools teachers and they raved about it.

  17. 5 stars
    Perfect snow day lunch! I did add a bit more rosemary but thats the only tweaking that was needed. I made it to feed our schools teachers and they raved about it.
    5 stars!!!

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  19. 4 stars
    This soup was delicious. And hearty enough to make it into a meal with a salad and/or slice of whole grain bread. I wasn’t able to find any whole wheat orzo, but will keep an eye out for it. Will definitely make this again.

  20. 5 stars
    Love this recipe!!

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  23. Will this soup fit in a 3 quart dutch oven? I just bought one and figuring out how to use it.I have not made this yet. It looks so yummy!

  24. Hey! I would love to make this recipe once, but I am from the Netherlands, and I am not completely sure what you mean with a ” cup”. When I try to use the internet to convert it, it only brings me to baking sites where every ingredient is different in grams. Hope you can help me!

  25. 5 stars
    I was wondering if you could post the nutritional facts for this recipe?

  26. 5 stars
    We had a surprise cool front come through northern Florida this morning so I took the opportunity to make a pot of this soup. It’s absolutely delicious! I’ll be saving a couple servings for myself and taking the rest over to my daughter who is 9 months pregnant and doesn’t feel like standing over the stove right now. Thank you for sharing!

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  28. 5 stars
    Love this soup and make it all the time. Thanks for the recipe!

  29. 5 stars
    Just made this for lunch today. I added a can of northern white beans to make it heartier. Yummy!!

  30. 2 stars
    I’ve followed the recipe exactly as written, result when the pasta were al dente, the carrots were not cooked so I had to leave it longer and the pasta were overcooked. . .

  31. Another snowy day in the northeast, so I made this for dinner. Only changes I made were I cooked the orzo (1 cup) separately and added a can of chick peas. This soup was delicious! Will definitely make again, thank you for sharing!

  32. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and it was delicious! I added some asparagus spears, chopped at an angle and some fresh green beans. I also only had 4 cups of chicken broth, so i added 2 c water. I also added some salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. So good. I will definitely make again and try adding Italian sausage and chicken! :)

  33. 4 stars
    I would use less orzo. For this amount of liquid 1/2 cup orzo

  34. 5 stars
    After another snowstorm in the northeast, I made this delicious soup! I added a can of chick peas, reduced the amount of orzo to one cup and cooked it separately before adding to the soup. Will definitely be making this again!

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  40. Could you do this recipe in a slow cooker? Any recommendations for that?

  41. 5 stars
    Excellent soup. Full of flavor. I am thinking of adding shredded chicken next time.

  42. Made this soup last night for dinner. It is delicious however I would cut the Orzo amount in half next time. I also added zucchini which was delicious!

  43. 5 stars
    Love this soup
    I added chicken when I wanted protein & used kale instead of spinach

  44. This may have already been asked and answered but I didn’t see it. Is the orzo supposed to be pre-cooked? OR will it just cook in the juices?

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  47. This is one of my favorite meals. I add some chopped chicken thighs for a little protein for my meat loving husband.

  48. 5 stars
    So easy! SO delicious!! Made a great late Sunday night supper.

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