Lemon and Parmesan Chicken Orzo Soup

By Rena |

This savory and warm Chicken Orzo Soup recipe is full of hearty ingredients and made with bright flavors from fresh lemon and Parmesan. Wilted spinach is placed in the silky broth and simmered with diced tomatoes and seasoning for the perfect chicken mushroom soup!

one bowl full of chicken orzo soup with cheese and mushrooms

Soup made with savory ground chicken is a great way to add some ease and lean protein to your week. This Chicken Orzo Soup recipe comes together without a fuss and delivers comforting flavors that are great for cooler weather.

Fresh garlic, parsley, oregano, and whole Parmesan rind, give this soup beaming flavors that allow this easy chicken recipe to be considered one of the best. Cook this soup with turkey to switch things up or fit whatever types of leftovers you have.

This Lemon chicken soup is healthy, protein-rich, and made with ingredients that contain nutrients and wholesome qualities that are great for the entire family!

Why You Should Make this chicken Soup recipe

  • Easy: This simple chicken soup is one of the easiest soup recipes out there! We make this chicken orzo soup often whenever we are looking for something quick that is made in one pot.
  • Mouthwatering: Soothing and delicious, the ingredients of this recipe simmer in the chicken stock and blends this soup into perfection.
  • Healthy: Fresh spinach is loaded with iron and fiber which gives this chicken soup a healthy balance. Whole-wheat orzo pasta is used to keep things wholesome.
  • Great for Busy Nights: With very little steps, this soup is a great option whenever you are in need of ease and simplicity.
close up view of chicken orzo soup with lemon and mushrooms with spoon

Ingredients you will need

This is just a list of ingredients you will need to make this lemon and Chicken Orzo Soup. The full measurements are listed further down this post.

oil, olive oil
ground chicken, or turkey
removed from the bone
herbs, fresh oregano to cook with, and parsley for topping
mushrooms, freshly sliced Cremini mushrooms
garlic, freshly minced
stock, chicken stock, either homemade or storebought
water
diced tomatoes, canned
lemon, the rind from a lemon
Parmesan, freshly grated is best
seasoning, salt, and pepper

water, broth, mushrooms, lemon, oil, herbs, parmesan, garlic, spinach, ground chicken, tomatoes, salt, pepper, and orzo

How to Make this Chicken orzo Soup

  • Heat oil: In a large Dutch oven or saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
  • Cook the chicken: Next, add the chicken or turkey to the pot and cook from six to seven minutes until it is lightly browned. Chicken and turkey are a little lighter than beef when they cook.
  • Add oregano: Add the fresh oregano, mushrooms, and garlic to the thicken and continue to cook for five minutes while occasionally stirring.
  • Pour stock: Pour the chicken stock into the pot in addition to the water, diced tomatoes, lemon, and Parmesan rind. Add the salt and pepper.
  • Bring to a boil: Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce the heat. Simmer for 20 to 25 minutes while keeping an eye on the soup.
  • Add pasta: Next, add the orzo and continue to simmer for about about seven minutes or more. Make sure the pasta is cooked until al dente. Add the spinach and stir th wilt it in the warm soup.
  • Finally, serve chicken orzo soup hot and garnish with grated Parmesan cheese and freshly chopped parsley if desired.
ground chicken and mushrooms cooking. in dutch oven with spatula
tomatoes added to pot with Parmesan and lemon rind and mushrooms

Recipe Notes, Tips, and Substitutions

  • Vegan option: Instead of meat, substitute this soup with meatless crumbles, veggie stock, vegan Parmesan. You can also just leave the protein element out all together. Vegetarian: Leave out the meat and substitute the stock for vegetable stock.
  • Customize: Easily customize this chicken soup with your other favorite ingredients such as carrots, potatoes, corn, or peas.
  • Substitute: Instead of olive oil, use any kind of oil that can handle high temperatures. If you would rather use fresh tomatoes, then use them instead of canned tomatoes. We just like to use canned diced tomatoes because they are easy and quick.
  • Mushrooms: Use any variety of mushrooms such as portobello, shiitake, oyster, or button mushrooms. We don’t recommend canned mushrooms.
  • Pasta: Although we like orzo for this chicken soup, use any kind of pasta or noodle. You can also use spiralized vegetables also known as zoodles. Also, you may swap the orzo with rice.
  • Gluten-Free: For gluten-free orzo soup, use a gluten-free variety of pasta.
  • Leftovers: Store the leftovers in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator for up to four days. To freeze this soup, place in an freezer-safe container or bag and freeze for up four months.
close view of chicken orzo soup in a bowl with spinach, cheese, and mushrooms

Frequently Asked Questions

What is orzo soup made of?

Orzo soup can be made in a variety of ways, but this way is with ground chicken, mushrooms, lemon, and herbs. A lot of people like to cook orzo soup like classic chicken noodle soup. Another great option is to make Greek or Mediterranean flavored soup.

What is orzo used for?

This tiny pasta is used for a ton of recipes like soups, pasta salads, casseroles, and more. You can use orzo in almost any pasta or soup recipe.

Is orzo pasta or rice?

Although the two looks the same, orzo and rice are different! Orzo is shaped like rice but very different in texture. Orzo is not rice and is more categorized as pasta.

Can you overcook orzo?

If you overcook orzo, then it becomes too soft and mushy. Be sure to follow the recipe exactly the way it is written.

one bowl of chicken orzo soup with spinach and a spoon topped with cheese

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Creamy Chicken Mushroom Soup

Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Vegan Lentil Soup

Easy Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken, Mushroom, and Wild Rice Soup

one bowl of chicken orzo soup with parmesan cheese and spinach

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Lemon and Parmesan Chicken Orzo Soup

This savory and warm Chicken Orzo Soup recipe is full of hearty ingredients and made with bright flavors from fresh lemon and cheesy Parmesan. Wilted spinach is placed in the silky broth and simmered with diced tomatoes and seasoning for the perfect mushroom soup!
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Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Diet: Low Fat
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 42 minutes
Total Time: 47 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 395kcal
Author: Rena

Equipment

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Sharp knife
  • cutting board
  • Dutch oven or large pot
  • Wooden spoon

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or any kind of oil
  • 1 pound ground chicken or turkey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano chopped
  • 4 ounces Cremini mushrooms sliced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic chopped or pressed
  • 3 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 15 ounces canned diced tomatoes or fresh tomatoes, about 1 cup
  • ½ teaspoon lemon rind grated
  • 1 Parmesan rind leftover
  • Kosher salt
  • pepper
  • ¾ cup whole-wheat orzo pasta uncooked
  • 3 cups fresh spinach

Toppings

  • grated Parmesan
  • fresh parsley chopped

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. 
  • Add turkey and cook, crumbling it with a wooden spoon as you stir, for about 6-7 minutes or until lightly browned. 
  • Add oregano, mushrooms, and garlic and continue to cook and stir occasionally for 5 minutes. 
  • Stir in the stock, water, diced tomatoes, lemon and parmesan rind; add the salt and pepper. 
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and allow it to simmer for 20-25 minutes.
  • Add in the orzo, and continue to simmer for about 7 minutes more. 
  • As soon as the orzo is cooked to al dente, add the spinach and stir to wilt.
  • Serve while hot and garnish with grated parmesan and freshly chopped parsley is desired.

Notes

  • Vegetarian option: Skip the chicken/turkey and use vegetable broth.
  • You can add any of your favorite veggies to this soup
  • Instead of orzo use rice.
  • If you do not want to use canned tomatoes you may use ripe fresh tomatoes.
  • You can use frozen spinach but thaw and drain excess liquid.
  • Use any of your favorite mushrooms or whatever you have on hand.

Nutrition

Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 505mg | Potassium: 1306mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2240IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 3mg
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