Mediterranean Orzo Soup

Sail around the Mediterranean with this delicious chicken soup
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Blakely Trettenero, host of the Cooking for Bimbos and Hungry for Travels websites, is a graduate of the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Orland. She also is a world traveler, having visited more than 30 countries, and is becoming a frequent guest on TV.

2
Servings
1671
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced or minced
  • 2 scallions, sliced thin
  • 6 Cups chicken stock
  • 3/4 Cups orzo pasta, uncooked
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 Cups cooked chicken, shredded
  • 1 bag (6 oz.) baby spinach
  • Juice of a lemon
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Parmesan

Directions

In a heavy-bottomed pan, heat olive oil on medium high.

Add garlic and scallions. Cook for 1 minute.

Add chicken stock to pot and turn on high. Let it come to boil.

Add uncooked orzo, garbanzo beans, and zest of lemon. Stir and let cook on high for 10 minutes.

Add cooked chicken, spinach, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Give another quick stir and serve.

Once in a bowl you can top it with shaved parmesan, pepper, and an extra squeeze of lemon.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
53g
76%
Sugar
29g
32%
Saturated Fat
14g
58%
Cholesterol
284mg
95%
Carbohydrate, by difference
201g
100%
Protein
96g
100%
Vitamin A, RAE
34µg
5%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
6mg
8%
Calcium, Ca
126mg
13%
Choline, total
128mg
30%
Fiber, total dietary
8g
32%
Folate, total
16µg
4%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
42mg
13%
Niacin
12mg
86%
Pantothenic acid
2mg
40%
Phosphorus, P
500mg
71%
Selenium, Se
97µg
100%
Sodium, Na
7445mg
100%
Water
430g
16%
Zinc, Zn
4mg
50%

Mediterranean Shopping Tip

As an alternative to sugary, salty, processed foods, try shopping for fruits and vegetables that are in season.

Mediterranean Cooking Tip

For a healthier alternative, substitute honey or molasses for sugar in baking recipes, and use a 3:1 blend of canola oil to olive oil instead of butter when cooking over the flame.