February 18, 2013

Chicken vegetable soup with orzo

I made this soup for Matthew when he got sick a couple weekends ago, and then again last week because it is just. so. good. Very wholesome and delicious, and trust me that the avocado on top makes a big difference!

I'm mad at myself for forgetting the can of diced tomatoes this second time I made it, but you can imagine them being there in the pictures, right?! It did still taste great without them, but would have been better (and prettier!) with. Hope you try it, and enjoy!

Chicken vegetable soup with orzo
serves 8-10 (I always freeze the extra!)

1 ready-cooked rotisserie chicken (or 3-4 large, cooked chicken breasts)
1 medium onion, diced
2 minced garlic cloves
8-10 oz of frozen mixed veggies (or feel free to add in a couple cups of the fresh veggies of your choice in place of the frozen!)
1/2 cup of chopped fresh parsley
1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
5 cups of lower sodium chicken broth
1 cup of water
1/4 tsp. pepper
salt to taste (check and see if you think it needs it at the end)
1 1/2 cups of cooked orzo (according to package directions). Cook orzo to al dente, not super soft
ripe avocado for serving

Heat chicken broth, water, and tomatoes in a large pot while you dice up all the meat (both white and dark) from the rotisserie chicken. Place the chicken in the pot with the broth (heat should be on about medium). Heat oil in a skillet and dice onion. Place onion in skillet and cook until soft but not brown, stirring occasionally. Add in garlic and cook another minute or two, until good and fragrant. Add in 8-10 oz of frozen veggies, and sauté for about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then throw it all in the pot with the chopped parsley, pepper, and cooked orzo. Let it all simmer about 10 minutes, and serve each bowl with sliced avocado on top. Enjoy!


  1. Looks delicious! I love healthy food.


  2. Looks very pretty with the avocados.

    Bonnie Rose | The Compass Rose

  3. Mmm this looks delicious - bookmarked for later use.

    Thanks :)

  4. OH YUMMM! This sounds so easy and delicious! And might I point out - those are the prettiest avocados slices I've ever seen. Mine always come out messy and blah. Still great tastin', just not so beautiful!

  5. Okay I really might make this tonight!

  6. Hmm Looks very Yummy!! Should try this soon. Also visit our website www.websitedesigninchennai.com and leave your comments.

  7. Looks amazing! I LOVE soup, but sadly my new work has no way of heating it... maybe for an evening in the week though! :) x

  8. This looks delish! I'm grain free so I'll be trying it without the orzo. I also pinned it so I would remember to make it. Yum!

  9. Looks so good! Can't wait to make this and share :)

  10. I wish my hubby liked soup more. This looks so yummy!

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  12. I imagined it with the tomatoes and you're right, it's BEAUTIFUL!!

  13. Looks delicious! And if tomatoes is all you forgot, you're doing good girl. I forget entire leavening agents in muffins and the whole recipe goes to pot. :( I am going to make this today...we aren't sick but I could use some heart warming soup around here. Thanks for sharing!

  14. just went to the store to make it for my man whos in bed sick too:(
    looks amazing- hope this will help get him to feeling better asap!!
    xo- lane

  15. Should the diced tomatoes be drained or undrained? Thanks - looks delish!

    1. I threw the whole thing in, undrained! :) Good luck!

  16. This looks delicious!! (and I have those woven mats as well - love them!)


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