Lemon and Orzo Soup With Kale and Chicken (or Turkey)

2 12 2013

I logged onto my blog today to see a slew of visitors checking out my Turkey Tetrazzini recipe I posted about last year (https://thisgirlsgottaeat.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/turkey-tetrazzini/). Thank you for visiting, makes me feel all warm and cozy….just like a homemade soup! I’ve been on a let’s-eat-out-of-a-bowl-kick lately! And all the recent visits inspired this soup, which is light and lemony, and a great use for leftover chicken or turkey during the holidays! Enjoy, and thanks again for stopping by 🙂

Lemon and Orzo Soup With Kale and Chicken (or Turkey)

Lemon and Orzo Soup With Kale and Chicken (or Turkey)

The following serves 2-3 (compliments of Cuisine at Home and This Girl’s Gotta Eat):

  • 3/4 cup diced onions
  • 1/4 cup each of diced carrot and celery (didn’t have these veggies so I used leftover roasted cauliflower)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp minced fresh garlic
  • 1/2 Tbsp minced thyme
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock
  • 1/2 cup dry orzo
  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken or turkey
  • 1/2 to 1 package fresh baby spinach (I used kale instead)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 2-3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Saute onions, carrot and celery in oil in a large pot over medium-high heat until softened, 7-9 minutes. (And don’t feel trapped by the recipe, if you don’t have all the veggies it calls for, sub for something else like me – I used cauliflower instead of the carrot and celery!).

Add garlic, thyme and pepper flakes to pot, cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Add broth and bring to a boil. Stir in orzo, cook until al dente, about 7 minutes.

Stir in chicken or turkey, spinach, zest and lemon juice. Cook briefly until chicken or turkey is heated through. Off heat, season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with additional zest if desired and grated parmesan cheese.

Note: the broth in my picture is dark because I used homemade stock. The broth will be lighter if you’re using boxed broth.

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