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!

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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


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 ouncesDeLallo 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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651 comments on “Italian Orzo Spinach Soup”

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  2. 5 stars
    Delicious! Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    Made this soup tonight and it is amazing!!

  4. 5 stars
    Delicious! Thank you for sharing.

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  6. 4 stars
    Love this soup… i added much more vegetable broth because it was way too thick!! Will make this one often

  7. 5 stars
    This is so easy to make and is delicious. The only thing I will do differently next time is sauté the carrots longer as they were still a little hard when the orzo was done. Other then that I wouldn’t change a thing. Oh and I kept the rosemary out just because I don’t like rosemary

  8. 5 stars
    I made this for company and followed the recipe directly. It got a 10/10 from everyone! Very easy , delicious and nutritious!

  9. 5 stars
    Delicious soup! I added chicken that I had browned to the soup for a little something extra.

    I’d put in less orzo next time (1 1/2 cups is more than 8 ounces) as it soaked up most of my broth. And I might do another can of tomatoes and a few more veggies :)

  10. 5 stars
    My family loved this recipe, including my eight year old. We were all surprised with the amount of flavor it had given the simple ingredients. Mine ended up a little thick so next time I may add more liquid. We liked adding the parmesan and red pepper flakes at the end. I’m sure I will make this again this winter!

  11. 5 stars
    I make this often as it’s one of my family’s favorites. It has an amazing flavor.

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  15. 5 stars
    I have just one word for this recipe…delicious!!!I will definitely make this again and again and again😊😊

  16. SO YUMMY. I hate to be that person but I also hate having leftovers of the ingredients used so I made a few tweaks…. I peeled and cut a 1 lb bag of carrots, used a whole stalk of celery, and used an entire large bag of spinach. My grocery store was also out of fire roasted tomatoes, so I used Italian. Worked out great! I might have had less broth then but this made it very hearty! YUM YUM YUM

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  21. 5 stars
    So good. I didn’t have orzo so I made with cavatappi and my tomatoes had jalapeños as well for some spice!

  22. 5 stars

  23. 4 stars
    Omg I think this is the most flavorful soup I ever made very good

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  25. 4 stars
    Awesome!! I replaced the orzo with red lentills and added 2tbsp of tomato paste. I also used 8 cups of broth due to the lentills.
    Way tasty & healthy!

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  29. 5 stars
    Just tried this with my boyfriend and we LOVED. So easy! Served with a French baguette and will have lots of leftovers. Definitely try this!

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  32. 5 stars
    This is an awesome soup! My vegetarian son loves it!!!

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  35. 5 stars
    Good flavour in the broth – very easy to make!

  36. 5 stars
    This was easy-to-make, delicious …. and healthy! Thank you. I’ve given it to several neighbors who also loved it.

  37. 5 stars
    Great recipe! Made it last night. Came out great :D

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  39. 5 stars
    Just made this soup for dinner tonight. I made mine with kale instead of spinach and cooked in my Instant Pot, but other than that followed as directed. So, so, so good! And now my house smells A-freakin’-Mazing! Thank you for such an easy and delicious soup recipe!

  40. 5 stars
    We had over 6” of snow in WA in early February 2019, and this soup hit the spot! So easy to make. Yum!

  41. 5 stars
    Delicious soup. Loved color, texture, flavors. Kept it as is but will add chicken next time. Delicious winner

  42. 5 stars
    We love this soup! Delicious! I don’t add any additional salt. I also crumble 2 sweet Italian sausages in soup (taken out of casings). Thank you so much!

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  44. 5 stars
    this is DELICIOUS. I am making it for the second time. Not quite sure why it is so good but HOLY MOLY.

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  46. 5 stars
    I am making this recipe as we speak & it smells so yummy! I think at the end I will add some parmesan cheese before I serve it. I think that will add a little something to it. I am drooling because I can’t wait to eat this! Thank you for a great recipe. I am so sure it will taste as good as it smells.

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  48. 5 stars

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  50. 5 stars
    Spinach and soup is a match-made-in-heaven. Thank you so much for this wonderful post and recipe Ali. I’ve included it in a mini spinach recipe roundup.