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Orzo Chicken Soup

For a different twist on noodle soup, Betty Rench adds orzo, small rice-like grains of pasta. "It cooks up nicely with tender chunks of chicken," she writes from Eaton, Indiana.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 45 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth, divided
  • 1/2 cup sliced carrot
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Minced fresh parsley


  • In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Add 1 can broth, carrot and celery; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the chicken, orzo, pepper and remaining broth; return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until orzo and vegetables are tender. Sprinkle with parsley.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 225 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 890mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 19g protein.

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    Aug 10, 2013

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    Jan 16, 2013

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  • sjeffer120
    Nov 27, 2012

    Loved it, light and tasty, and fast and easy, what else is there!

  • oceangirl91
    Sep 29, 2012

    Wonderful recipe, definitely a keeper.

  • lssrls
    Dec 17, 2008

    This is very good

  • elbay
    Sep 14, 2008

    This is great when you want homemade chicken soup, but you don't have a lot of time. It's very good! I always add some garlic powder and white pepper to the recipe. Occasionally, I add other herbs, such as thyme or sage.