When you’re feeling under the weather, there’s nothing like a bowl of chicken noodle soup to warm you up. This delicious take on the classic, courtesy of Au Bon Pain, has a bright spring flavor thanks to a hint of lemon and fresh herbs. Finish the soup with a little heavy cream for an extra creamy texture.
You can use a rotisserie-style chicken from the grocery store in this recipe; it adds a nice flavor and saves time.
Garnish the soup with freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and more fresh basil for a beautiful presentation.
In a heavy bottomed soup pot, heat the oil over medium heat and sauté the onion, celery, and carrots until they begin to sweat and soften, approximately 5—7 minutes.
Add the garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute more.
Season the mixture with thyme, basil, salt, and black pepper; continue cooking another 30 seconds before pouring the chicken stock into the pot and bringing it to a boil. Partially cover the pot, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until the vegetables are just tender, about 10 minutes.
Stir the orzo, lemon juice, and lemon zest into the stock and then add the chicken. Cook until the chicken and orzo are heated through, about 5 minutes.
Add heavy cream and cook for an addition 2 to 3 minutes before serving.