Weeknight Cooking

A Warming Chicken and Orzo Soup for Winter

February 26, 2015

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Today: A simple and restorative weeknight soup to help you stave off a late-winter cold.

Chicken Orzo Soup

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Earlier this month, Punxsutawney Phil's wayward glance at his shadow indicated six more weeks of winter. While some may disagree (we're looking at you, Boston), we welcomed the extended winter as an opportunity to dig into our community's trove of restorative, comforting dishes. This Chicken and Orzo Soup, overflowing with hearty vegetables, caught our eye: It's just the thing to warm you up after a scarf-clad trek from the train -- or driveway.

More: Searching for a vegetarian option? Look no further.

The orzo, cooked directly in chicken broth seasoned with garlic, cilantro, and bay leaf, absorbs all of the broth's flavors as it cooks. Paired with an abundance of hearty, nutrient-rich root vegetables, one bowl will be all you need to stave off that late-winter cold. Our advice? Make a double batch, then put half in the freezer, where it should keep for the rest of winter -- if we're to believe our furry friend.

Chicken and Orzo Soup by Brussels Sprouts for Breakfast

Serves 4 to 5

4 tablespoons olive oil, plus more as needed
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into small cubes
Salt and pepper
1 yellow onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 medium carrots, sliced into coins
3 celery ribs, trimmed and chopped
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/4 cup dry white wine
4 cups homemade or low sodium broth (vegetable or chicken is fine)
4 cups water
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro
1 fresh or dried bay leaf
1/2 cup orzo
6 leaves Lacinato kale, stems removed and roughly chopped

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

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dillybug March 11, 2015
Total yumville! Added a few canned white beans I had in hand. LOVE the cilantro in this- which I was hesitant about at first but it adds a wonderful brightness to it.
Leslie S. March 11, 2015
I may have to borrow "yumville!" Glad you liked it!
Brussels S. February 26, 2015
Yay! Thanks for sharing this recipe with everyone! It's a family favorite!