Lemon Chicken & Orzo Soup

Have you ever thought, “I could make this from scratch and it would be much better.” It occurred to me, while having a bowl of something similar out of a can, that I could do just that.

Lemon Chicken and Orzo Soup

3 tablespoons Olive Oil
3 Carrots (diced)
2 ribs of Celery (diced)
1 medium Onion (diced)
1 bulb of Fennel (diced)
Salt & Pepper
1 teaspoon dried Sage
1 teaspoon Fresh Rosemary
4 cups Chicken Stock
2 cups Water
2/3 cup Orzo Pasta (cooked)
4 cups chopped Kale
2 cups cooked and shredded Chicken
The Zest and Juice of one large Lemon

In a large stock pot, heat the olive oil over medium high and saute the carrot, celery, onion, and fennel for about 5 minutes. Add the sage and rosemary, salt and pepper and saute for a few more minutes.

Add the chicken stock and water and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to low and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 10-15 minutes. Add the kale, chicken, lemon (zest and juice) and orzo to the pot and continue to simmer until the kale is cooked down and the chicken is warmed through. Test for seasoning and add additional salt or pepper if needed.

Serve with garlic cheese bread.

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