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Creamy Chicken and Orzo Soup

This creamy chicken and orzo soup is like a hug in a bowl. Creamy chicken soup with orzo pasta and parmesan. Delicious and comforting!
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  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery sticks, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • ½ teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 ½ cups cooked, shredded chicken
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 parmesan cheese rind
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, plus more for topping
  • parmesan cheese, for topping
  • lemon wedges, for spritzing


  • Heat the butter in a large stock pot over medium-low heat. Add in the onion, carrots, celery and garlic with a big pinch of salt and pepper - I’d say at least ½ teaspoon salt and pepper to start. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables soften. Stir in the garlic cloves and poultry seasoning. Stir in the shredded chicken.
  • Add in the chicken stock and the parmesan rind. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce it to a simmer. Stir in the orzo pasta. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the orzo is al dente, about 8 minutes.
  • In a shaker bottle even a bowl, shake (or whisk) together the milk and flour to form a slurry. Pour this into the soup and simmer for another 1 to 2 minutes. Taste and season with more salt and pepper as needed. If the parmesan rind didn’t melt entirely, you can scoop it out at this point. Stir in the fresh parsley.
  • Serve immediately with a lemon wedge for sprinkling, parmesan cheese for topping and parsley sprinkled on top.
  • Note: if you want to prep this for meals ahead of time, or want to have it for leftovers, I suggest cooking the orzo separately as it will soak up most of the broth as it sits overnight. Combine the soup and orzo and reheat to enjoy!

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