Lemon Garlic Orzo Soup

I adore this soup.  It’s perfect for spring and summer.  The lemon flavor is refreshing and the sautéed garlic adds a robust taste you can’t forget. 

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We’ve had some major hay fever in our house and this soup was just what the doctor ordered.  The piping hot bowls of goodness opened our sinus and soothed our aching throats.  Sinus infections and allergies are the worst.  It zaps all your energy just when the weather gets nice enough to go out and play.

lemon orzo soup

To this soup I added a bit of roughly grated carrot which added a bit of sweetness and color.  I didn’t want to add too much though because the garlic and lemon are fragrant, distinct flavors; the real stars of this show.

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I hope you enjoy this gorgeous bowl of goodness.  

Lemon Garlic Orzo Soup
Recipe Type: soup
Cuisine: american
Author: Petitfoodie
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Serves: 2
This flavorful lemon garlic soup is perfect for spring. Refreshing, light and robust.
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 carrot, roughly grated
  • 6 C chicken broth
  • ½ C orzo
  • 1/2 lemon, zest and juice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  1. In a large pot heat olive oil.
  2. Add in garlic and onion. Sauté until translucent.
  3. Add in carrot. Sauté for just a few minutes.
  4. Pour in chicken broth. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Add orzo. Cook until tender with a slight bite.
  6. Squeeze in juice of half lemon and add zest.
  7. Season with salt, pepper and basil.
  8. Let simmer and adjust seasonings if needed.
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27 thoughts on “Lemon Garlic Orzo Soup

  1. I never think to use orzo in soup. It looks fantastic as well as light and refreshing for the summer months. 🙂

  2. This was absolutely delicious! I had some fresh basil from my garden and I added it at the last minute. Thanks so much for a wonderful recipe! I will definitely be making this again.

  3. I was actually looking up Orzo recipes when I saw your recipe on Pinterest. I am making this with pork chops. Could I possibly substitute the chicken broth with vegetable broth?

  4. This is delightful! I have made this 3-4 times now. I have added chicken or shrimp to make it a “full” meal and each time it turned out great! Thanks so much, one of my favorites!

  5. I’ve made this soup twice now, most recently tonight. My husband and I both really like it, and I think my toddler would too, if only he’d give it a chance.
    It’s very quick and easy, a definite bonus! Thanks for the recipe!

  6. I made two versions of this soup last night and both were fantastic. I followed the recipe for the first version, but did add some smoked chicken. The second version was vegetarian using veggie broth and swirled in an egg for a little protein. We’ll definitely add this to our menu rotation. Thank you.

  7. I made this for dinner last night and absolutely LOVED it! I loved how the flavours balanced (I’m used to making avgolemono, which can get too lemon-heavy). I added shredded chicken for a heartier entree, and it was so filling that I completely forgot about the salad we were supposed to have with it.

    Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  8. This was so delicious! I substituted the chicken broth for vegetable and added Morningstar chicken strips. I’m making it again but next time I will triple the recipe. Thanks for such a great recipe:)

      1. Korri,
        Thank you so much for trying the recipe! I’m so glad you liked it and were able to adapt it to your liking. Never thought of Morningstar strips! Great idea! I hope you have a great day! thanks for reading!

  9. enjoying a bowl of this as I type! This soup has a yummy and fresh flavor, and I too added chicken to make more of a meal out of it. Will definitely make again 😀

  10. I’m planning to make this next week!

    A previous poster mentioned swirling in an egg. That reminds me of avgolemono, which is one of our favorite go-to summer dinners. (My recipe is from the book Soup Suppers by Arthur Schwartz.)

    When making avgolemono, you beat the eggs in a bowl. When the soup is simmering, you pour a ladleful of hot soup into the bowl and stir, then dump the egg + hot soup back into the pot. Do you think that would be a good way to do it for this recipe too?

  11. This recipe is wonderful! Easy and quick to make and delicious. I made it exactly as directed. Will be making it again for sure. Thanks!!!

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