Got Soup?

Saturday, January 9, 2010

{image from Country Living}

As I sit here on this brisk Saturday morning making my grocery list for the week, I find myself wanting to make soup. Several of you mentioned soups and stews in your comments as something you crave when it is cold (aside from all the chocolate). So, I got to thinking...why don't we share our favorite soup recipes? I have already shared my favorite soup recipe here. But I will share another favorite today. I have never used Mr. Linky before so I hope you will all participate.

Chicken and Orzo Vegetable Soup

7 cups chicken stock

6 minced garlic cloves

2 medium carrots, diced

2 medium parsnips, diced

2 medium celery stalks , diced

1 medium onion, diced

3 tbs fresh lemon juice

10 ounces orzo pasta

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into small strips.

2 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced

1/4 cup fresh dill (or 3/4 tbs dried)

1/4 flat leaf parsley

1/4 cup regular parsley

1/4 cup fresh mint

salt and pepper to taste

In a large stockpot combine chicken stock, garlic,carrots, parsnips, celery and onion. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. Turn heat back to high and add lemon juice and orzo, cook 3 minutes. Add chicken and cook until chicken is cooked through and pasta is cooked (about 8 minutes). Remove from heat and add in remaining ingredients.

NOTE: I made this tonight and used gluten free pasta. We also grilled the chicken breasts (2), diced them and added it to the soup at the last minute. If you use GF pasta, increase the chicken stock to 8 cups:) It was delicious. Everyone loved it (even Harry and he despises all soups). I will add though that while I LOVE the dill, my boys prefer it without dill.

My friend, Kristin used to make this for me and she gave me the recipe. In fact, the first time she made it for me was when Will was born 12 and 1/2 years ago. I don't make it often because orzo is not gluten free. But I think I will try to substitute rice or another gf pasta soon. It is so good!!!! The fresh dill makes this soup.

Be sure to share your favorite soup recipe and link that post below. I look forward to reading them:)

P.S. The giveaway is coming soon...I just thought this was timely.


  1. Kim!!

    I've just eaten my lunch (ham rolls and a banana) but now you've made me want soup!
    That does look delicious.

    How is your juicing going? I took a break for a few weeks because i thought i might have been eating too many carrots!

  2. Helen...that onion soup look delicious! Thank you for linking to it. I took a break from juicing too. I am ashamed to say that my break was out of pure laziness but I bought some organic ingredients to juice this weekend:)

    It is important to alter the the juicing ingredients from what I have read. Happy New Year!

  3. I just made a Tuscan White Bean soup with Escarole the other day. I didn't post it yet, but will do so this week!! When it is up, I will link back to you:)

    I was going to send you the info on how to get "Mr. Linky" up there, but looks like you already figured it out!!

    Have a great weekend:)



  4. Haha my break also ended up being due to extreme laze. I was going to stop just for a week, but it ended up being about 3 months :-S

    Had a good old carrot brocolli and apple one yesterday though!

  5. Living in the Midwest all I want in the winter is soup and hot tea. I'm going to make this soup tomorrow it sounds wonderful! Thank you for sharing.


  6. Yum-0 I love a good pot of soup! Thanks for the great recipe ideas!
    Now I am off to pick up some ingredients;)

  7. That looks amazing! I love a good soup on a cold day. I'll have to try this soon.

    I made the rice you posted the other day to compliment our dinner of Salmon and roasted Asparagus and everyone loved it!

  8. Since kevin is the cook in my family, I dont have any great things to share but he makes amazing soups all the time. Tonight we are having a new pumpkin soup he has not tried-- looks really good. We eat soup all the time because the kids love it!!!

    Christy :)

  9. Great post idea with all the soup recipes. I will certainly be trying yours. I already have made the tortilla soup (both yours and others) many times!
    I posted a recipe for white bean chili that my family loves and I can eat it also!
    Today for lunch, I had the V8 tomato herb (something like that?) in a carton. Not home made, but it was delish! No fat and low calories/carbs :)

    And ... I keep forgetting to ask you. Did you get your gift (winning) from my Kate Lander's giveaway?? What did you chose??

  10. Just made a pot of "doctored" Bear Creek potato soup... yum!

    I've got a giveaway that you can wear while eating your yummy soup!!!

  11. I'm so glad you did a link for soup recipes, I love soup and will enjoy checking these recipes out! Im linking my cabbage soup.

  12. Ohh, Mama! I love soups!! Thanks for hosting this Mr. Linky - I have a chicken tortilla that I love, maybe I could get inspired to link up! Everyone's looks so good so far!

  13. Oh yeah....Sara's Chicken Tortilla Soup is awesome....I make it all the time! I love soup but my family doesn't like it...that's okay..more for me! Great idea!

  14. Hi Kim
    You won my giveaway, Yeah! Please email at when you have a chance.
    Congrats, and I can't wait to make some of these soups :)

  15. Hi, it's a very great blog.
    I could tell how much efforts you've taken on it.
    Keep doing!

  16. Yummy! Looks like I'm not alone in liking potato soup! :)

  17. i posted a link from christmas when i made a bunch of soups for a gift for my sister and brother. one of them is your tortilla soup, i LOVE IT!

  18. I am going to make this soup too!
    It looks delicious!!!
    When it is in the 20's it is soup making time!
    Thanks for the recipe!
    I love tortilla's SO SO much!

  19. It's been so cold here in Connecticut that I've made several batches of soup for dinner over the past few weeks. The best part is that I take it for lunch the next day. I was planning to post my {and my family} favorite this week. I'll add a link ~ I say that like I actually know what I'm doing:) Wish me luck!


  20. Ooohhhh...I love this post. I love soup and I'm SOOOO cold! My favorite soup is the chicken tortilla soup I got from you, but I have another really good, really easy one I'll post tomorrow. I can't wait to decide which one I'm going to make tomorrow!!

  21. I'm so glad you did these links to SOUPS! I think soups are highly under rated! Piping hot delicious soup, a home made loaf of freshly ground whole wheat honey bread.... ahhhhh. Toss in a cozy fire and impending snowfall viola! - a dream meal for a dreamy evening!

  22. Hi Kim- I posted this recipe a while ago, but it's so easy & yummy that I wanted to share!

    Also, you're a lucky duck- did you see that you won the WISH at Layla's?

    So great! Enjoy-


  23. I loved that soup recipe since all of the ingredients are available in India. It is cold here too--so we had chili tonight. Thanks for all of you support for my new blog!

  24. well yummy!!! Look at all those yummy soup recipes!!! We love soup!!!! Especially with our cold winter days :::sigh:::

  25. Thank you for your kind words on my blog the other day.

    I adore soup and that one looks particularly divine!

  26. You always make me super hungry! yumm!

  27. This has most definitely been the "winter of soups" for my family. I almost always have one in the fridge ready to heat up!

    So, I had to let you know that I made your favorite tortilla soup and Adam LOVED it! I think I have that cookbook around here somewhere but I've never made that recipe- thank you!


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