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Quick  Orzo Soup 

With a quick cooking time, a veggie-loaded base, and the most comforting flavor, this easy Orzo Soup is an all-time favorite family meal.

– Olive oil – Diced carrots – Reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth – Orzo pasta – Spinach – Lemon juice – Parmesan cheese, minced fresh parsley: optional

Ingredients Needed:

Prepare the carrots by peeling and dicing them.  Heat a medium pot over medium heat. Add the oil to warm.

Step 1.

Add the carrots to the warm pot and stir to coat in oil. Cover the pan and cook for 4 minutes.

Step 2.

Add the broth and turn the heat to high. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat back to medium so it’s a simmer with regular small bubbles.

Step 3.

Add the pasta and cook for 5-6 minutes or until tender. Stir in the spinach. Season to taste with salt and serve with Parmesan, minced parsley, and/or fresh lemon juice if desired.

Step 4.

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. Warm to serve, adding more broth or water as you like (the pasta will likely absorb the broth in the storage container).

Step 5.

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Tips:  Add minced cloves garlic to the pan with the carrots for more flavor. Add 1 cup marinara sauce to give this a tomato base.