Pesto Chicken Orzo Soup

Chicken noodle soup! The best. Especially in winter. Because winter sucks. And I hate it. But you know this already.

Pesto Chicken Orzo Soup

The only good thing about winter is soup. Lots and lots and lots of soup. Soup that you can’t always eat in the summertime because sometimes its a million degrees outside and if you eat soup you feel like you’re boiling yourself from the inside out. Not pleasant. But I often do it anyway.

Pesto Chicken Orzo Soup

And THIS SOUP. YOU GUYS. I’ve made it at least once a week since the snow started to hit. Which was a long time ago. Which is a testament to how much I’m obsessed with this soup.

Pesto Chicken Orzo Soup

The other testament to this soup’s deliciousness is that it’s one of the very, very few recipes on this blog that Kyle hasn’t taste-tested. Because every time I make it I can’t control myself and eat the whole thing before he gets home from work. BECAUSE IT’S JUST SO SIMPLE AND YET SO PERFECT AND I CAN’T EVEN. (Sorry, Kyle).

Pesto Chicken Orzo Soup

The pesto and orzo give chicken noodle soup such a fun and fresh twist, and the little bit of lemon juice just makes the whole thing sing. Five ingredients and some salt and pepper are all you need. It’s super simple. It’s ready in half an hour. But quick and simple makes for the best food, I think. No muss, no fuss. And this soup hits the spot every time.

Pesto Chicken Orzo Soup

Pesto Chicken Orzo Soup
 
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YIELD: Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
  • 6 cups chicken, turkey, or vegetable stock
  • 1.5 cups cooked chicken, cubed or shredded (mine was shredded)
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • ¼ cup fresh basil pesto
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • shredded parmesan cheese, for garnish (optional)
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a large pot, bring chicken stock to a simmer, covered, over medium heat
  2. Add cooked chicken, orzo, pesto, lemon juice, salt and pepper and stir to combine.
  3. Cook, uncovered, until orzo is al dente (about 8 minutes).
  4. Garnish with shredded parmesan cheese and serve immediately.
NOTES
I love orzo in this soup, but you can use any type of pasta you like!

Pesto Chicken Orzo Soup

Parmesan and Spinach Orzo

When I was little, I always gave my mom a hard time about making orzo. I picked a fight every time we ate it because “it’s not pasta, it’s rice!” and would have to sit there and (un)patiently listen to her tell me that it is, in fact, pasta. It was a whole big thing. But I’m over it (sorry, Mom). Even though it still LOOKS a lot like rice. Just saying.

Parmesan & Spinach Orzo

Anywho, my mom sent me some rice orzo in a care package awhile back, and I recently discovered the last half of the package sitting in my pantry. “Eureka!” I thought. “I’ll make some orzo!” [Read more…]