I typically don’t keep or post recipes on the first try.

But this one I found on Pinterest and adapted from Gimme Some Oven was SO easy to make and tasty – I made it yesterday (a weekday) and it took just about an hour to prep, cook, and eat. After over two weeks of colds and a day with bronchitis, I was going to make spicy Thai coconut soup, but the Internet said clear soups are the best for healing. And since my first orzo recipe is more saucy, I decided to try this one. And it’s an instant keeper.

I only discovered orzo last Fall, and I love it. I mean, a pasta that looks just like rice but blows up like the rest of them? I wonder why this miracle pasta isn’t at the forefront of Italian cuisine.

Ingredients:

2 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, peeled & diced
1 c diced carrots (I used 2 large)
1 zucchini, diced*
3 cloves garlic, minced
6 c vegetable stock
2 large diced tomatoes
1 1/2 c orzo pasta
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp dried rosemary
4 c loosely-packed spinach
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper (or to taste)
Optional: 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

Heat oil in a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté for 4 minutes until soft. Add carrots, zucchini, and garlic and sauté for an additional 3 minutes. Add stock, tomatoes, orzo, thyme, oregano, rosemary, and stir to combine. Bring the soup to a simmer, stirring occasionally, Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is al dente. Stir in the spinach and cook for 1-2 minutes until it’s wilted. Season with salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, and other seasonings as desired. Serves 4-6.

You can also top with vegan parmesan cheese.

*The original recipe called for 1 c diced celery instead of zucchini, which is what I sub for celery due to my sensitivity. It also said 1 14oz can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes, but I prefer fresh.

Tip: If you store your leftovers, the orzo WILL absorb all the broth, and you’ll be left with pasta & vegetables, as I’ve just learned. So you can half this recipe if you want to make a single family serving.

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