Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
8 ounces orzo pasta
1 teaspoon olive oil
3 carrots, chopped, or more to taste
3 ribs celery, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
salt and ground black pepper to taste
3 chicken boulion cubes
3 (32 ounce) cartons fat-free, low-sodium chicken stock
1 lemon, zested
3 drops Doterra Lemon Oil
8 ounces cooked chicken breast, chopped (Optional—I found I like this recipe better without the chicken)
1 (8 ounce) package baby spinach leaves—Chopped lightly
1 lemon, sliced for garnish (optional)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook and stir carrots, celery, and onion in hot oil until the vegetables begin to soften and the onion becomes translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Season mixture with thyme, oregano, salt, & black pepper; continue cooking another 30 seconds before pouring chicken broth into the pot. Bring the broth to a boil. Partially cover the pot, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until the vegetables are just tender, about 10 minutes.
Stir orzo, lemon juice, lemon oil, and lemon zest into the broth; add chicken. Cook until the chicken is heated and orzo is soft. Add baby spinach; cook until the spinach wilts into the broth, 2 to 3 minutes. Ladle soup into bowls; garnish with lemon slices and Parmesan cheese.
Yum, yum. This also makes a great summer soup.
J. Andersen wrote stories and won high school writing contests. But in college her writing was limited to term papers. While teaching middle school she began to read young adult books and got serious about writing. J now writes full time, volunteers at the town library, helps to run a School of the Arts at her church, and sings in the church band. She enjoys good coffee—read: home roasted by her husband—crafts, baking, running a small essential oil business, and chasing after her children. You’ll rarely see J without a book in her hands, and that’s the way she’d like to keep it.
(author of THE BREEDING TREE)