Thursday, September 22, 2011

Falling Temps = Soup Time!

I wanted to save this recipe for a Sunday Special post, but I seriously could not wait because it is so very, very yummy!

Can you smell how delish this is?

Have you tried the Low-fat Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup at Panera* yet?  Oh my gosh, the first time I tried it, I was hooked.  Delicous bits of chicken, al dente orzo, spinach, light broth and low-fat and low calories to boot?!!  Whoa -- this soup had my name all over it!  So, I searched the trusty internet and found a recipe that sounded right.

Made it last night and and I know it is going to be one of our favorite cool-weather soups. 
Heck, I even like it in warm weather!  Here it is. 
You can thank me later for finding this easy and tasty soup for you!  :)


• 8 cups fat-free, low sodium chicken broth
• 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast or chicken tenders  - use more if you like a lotta chicken.
• 1 medium carrot, peeled and cut into small pieces
• 1 medium celery stalk, sliced
• 1/4 cup finely chopped onion (optional -- i do not like onion)
• 1/3 - 2/3 cups chopped spinach
• 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
• 1/4 tsp oregano
• 1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
• 1 cup orzo
• Juice of FRESH lemon (about 1/4 cup)

1. Place all of the ingredients except the lemon juice in a 4-quart pot. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and the orzo is cooked al dente.

2. Remove the chicken breast from the soup, slice into strips or small pieces, and return to the pot. Add the lemon juice, stirring well to mix.
3. Ladle the hot soup into individual bowls and serve immediately.  Bread sticks or baguettes go perfectly with this soup.  Add a small salad and you've got a meal!

Panera*'s soup -- photo from . . . Panera*


Jodee said...

Looks delish! We also love soup during the fall/winter, however, the soups we make have a few more calories! HA HA!

Let's head back to Panera for soup soon! That was soooo much fun!

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

It does look soooooooo yummy!


Football and Fried Rice said...

Bookmarking this one too, Janet! Thanks for doing the leg work for our menu plans :)

Kim K. said...

I'm forwarding this recipe to my husband. Perhaps, he'll have this waiting for me when I come back from the conference (hee hee). It looks amazing and LOW FAT! woo hoo!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

I couldn't agree more... when the temps fall, I starting digging for soups, stews, and chilis. Anything that will comfort and warm the soul:)

I had Pamera's lemon orzo soup a few weeks ago and LOVED it..... I am printing this recipe to give it a try here at home. Thanks for looks DELISH!!!

Happy Weekend~



The Byrd's Nest said...

I am so making this soup!!! I love soup, I think it would freeze well too:) Thanks!!!

Tutus and Choo-Choos said...

That soup looks delicious and easy to make also. Thanks for posting!

Kim said...

Thanks for sharing! We love soup in the fall too. Hope Maddy is having a great school year.

Joy Graham said...

Sounds and looks great! Thanks for sharing. -Joy

Casey said...

Yum!!! I'm so ready for fall.... It was 85 today here. Not exactly soup weather but I've heard it might be 65 next week!!