Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken and Orzo Soup

Ingredients

  •   One 8-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • medium-sized carrots, diced
  • 2/3 Cups  diced celery
  • 2/3 Cups  diced onion
  • 1/2 Tablespoon  ground pepper
  • 2 Teaspoons  rosemary
  • 2 Teaspoons  thyme
  • 1/4 Cup  lemon juice
  • 4 Cups  low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 Cups  water
  •   Handful of spinach, stemmed
  • 1/2 Cup  orzo
  •   Parmesan, for serving (optional)

This healthy, flavorful soup is loaded with tons of fresh, nutritious ingredients like spinach, carrots, celery, and onion and simmers in a slow cooker while you're away at work so it tastes like it cooked all day — because it did.

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Directions

Combine all of the ingredients except for the spinach, orzo, and Parmesan in a slow cooker. Cook on low for 7-9 hours or on high for 5-6 hours. About 1 hour before the chicken is done, shred the chicken with a fork. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the orzo pasta according to the package directions. 

About 5 minutes before serving, add the spinach and orzo pasta. Wait for the spinach to wilt. Top the soup with a little Parmesan cheese, if using. 

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