Get Ya Better Chicken Soup with Orzo and a Hint of Lemon (Guest Post)

by Pamela

Chicken Orzo Soup with Lemon

Chicken Orzo Soup with Lemon

I started chatting with Cari, a few months ago when she asked me if she could use my recipe for Corn and Crab Chowder on her site Can I Get The Recipe.  I’ve been hooked on her site ever since.  Since we’ve been talking so much, I asked her if she would like to write a guest post on My Man’s Belly and when she said yes, I was thrilled!

Cari’s site, Can I Get the Recipe? dishes out free, doable, nutritious dinner plans that offer a variety of recipes complete with shopping lists every Friday. Delivered straight to the inbox of todays on the go families, Can I Get the Recipe? offers recipes from well known foodies, accomplished chefs, the coolest cookbooks and occassionally, fabulous restaurants. Can I Get the Recipe? also offers weekly reviews and giveaways every Wednesday as well as the latest info on kitchen and food related gadgets and products in our Monday sponsored ads.

A funny thing happens when food bloggers get together and start talking about our lives.  It’s always broken into 2 parts: BFB and AFB (kind of like when new mom’s get together and talk about what they did before they had kids…truth be told our blogs are like our kids – but that’s a story for another day).  Cari’s background is one that they make movies from…you have to check it out!

We’ve had a lot of colds in our house this year and it looks like we have a few more. Typical of this time of year, I know, but this particular cold just seems to be lingering on and on and on…

Well, they say nothing fixes you like a hot, steamy bowl of chicken soup so I thought I would make some for lunch. Noodles are always fun but also quite typical so I opted for some orzo instead. I love orzo. It’s cute. It’s yummy. And it’s very versatile.

The lemon zest was a last minute idea. And I’m glad I actually have a good idea once in awhile because it added a little somethin’ somethin’ to the soup. Feeling a little sniffly yourself? Make yourself some soup!

Relationship Advice

Remember that book, Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus? Well, I read it and it made sense to me. Men are different. They think differently, they act differently and they see the world differently. Take that basket of clean laundry sitting at the bottom of the stairs that they step over them as they head up. It’s not that his hands are full. It’s not that he is being lazy. He just doesn’t see it. Seriously. So, without getting snarky, us Venus women have to learn to simply ask, “Would you mind taking the laundry up on your way?” It’s like magic words that give them vision. And the response most likely will be, “Oh sure,” and up he goes with laundry in hand. The key is to remember to not take things personally and to understand that he really does not notice these sorts of things. Now, if you want it put away, you’ll have to ask again. But personally, I’m happy enough if he just takes it up.

Serves 4 – 6


  • 1 medium onion, diced small
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and diced small
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • handful parsley, chopped fine
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 4 small chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 cup orzo
  • zest from one lemon (make sure to zest only the skin…not the white pith)


Sautee onion, carrots, celery, parsely, salt and pepper in olive oil over medium heat until onions are soft, about 8 – 10 minutes.

Turn up heat to high and chicken stock. Bring to a boil.

Add chicken. Chicken should be fully covered by the stock. If not, add a little more stock.

Once boiling again, reduce heat to low and simmer for at least 30 minutes.

Add orzo and lemon zest. Cook about 8 more minutes until orzo is al dente.

Serve with warm crusty bread! Yum!


june brogan August 29, 2012 at 8:38 am

I’ve been searching for just this type of healthy cooking website. Thank you so much Pam. My long, painful search is over. Bless you. My Printer is smoking hot!!

Pamela August 30, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Hi June,
You just made my day! I love hearing from people that this site can help them, that’s one of the main reasons why I do it. Happy eating. 🙂

Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes March 11, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Boy, this soup looks so delicious. I love the orzo in the soup!

Cari Snell March 10, 2010 at 6:31 pm

Great post Pam! Thanks so much! Enjoy the soup…it didn’t last long in our house!

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