Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Chunky Vegetable Soup with Orzo

Sickness is a good excuse to make soup.  Not that I really need an excuse to make soup, but I do feel like my family has been sick quite a bit lately and this recipe has been my soup of choice.  It's hearty, comforting, and a cinch to make.  Perfect for those days when you are feeling under the weather.

Chunky Vegetable Soup with Orzo
(adapted from Apple a Day)
Printable Recipe
Serves 6

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced 
teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1/2 pound potatoes, cut into one-inch cubes
1 (15 ounces) can diced tomatoes
1 (15 ounce) can white beans, drained and rinsed
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1/3 cup uncooked orzo
2/3 cup frozen peas

1) Heat oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute until tender, about five minutes.  Add garlic and stir until fragrant.
2) Add remaining ingredients except orzo and frozen peas and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes.
Increase heat to medium-high and add orzo. Cook, uncovered, for ten minutes or until orzo and vegetables are cooked through.  Stir in frozen peas and serve.  Enjoy!

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