Monday, February 16, 2015

Chicken, Orzo & White Bean Soup


Chicken, Soup, White Bean, Orzo, Spinach

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion diced
1 bell pepper diced
 8 ounces of cremoni mushrooms sliced in thick slices
4 skinless boneless chicken thighs cut into chunks
1 tablespoon finely minced garlic
1/2 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped 
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, minced
1 tablespoon of fresh basil, finally minced
1 cup white wine
28 ounce can of San Marzano whole tomatoes (tear apart with your hand as you add to pan)
2 bay leaves
4 cups of chicken stock
2 cups of cannellini beans (previously soaked) or 1 can, drained and rinsed.
1/2 teaspoon of dried orange peel
Parmesan rind (optional)
1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup uncooked orzo
3-4 handfuls spinach
Freshly grated Parmesan Cheese

  • Heat a dutch oven or deep pan over medium heat. Add oil followed by onions and peppers. Saute 5 minutes.
  • Add mushrooms, cook 3 minutes.
  • Add the chicken, allow to lightly brown, then add the garlic. Stir to incorporate.
  • Sprinkle the rosemary, oregano and basil over top and stir well to incorporate. Saute 2 minutes.
  • Deglaze the pan with wine, scrape brown bits from bottom of pan.
  • Add the tomatoes,  bay leaves,chicken stock, beans and orange peel. Bring to boil, then lower heat to a simmer. (At this point you can transfer everything to the slow cooker and set on high for 2 -3 hours or low for 6-8 hours.)
  • Cook until the beans are softened about 45 - 60 minutes
  • 30 minutes before serving, bring to a low boil add, salt, pepper, orzo and spinach, stir, lower heat to simmer.
  • (For the slow cooker, raise heat to high and stir in, salt, pepper, orzo and spinach - cook 30 minutes or till orzo is al dente).

To Serve: Grate parmesan over each serving and with your favorite bread.

Recipe notes:  You can use dried herbs in place of fresh just be sure to adjust  quantities as dried herbs are much more potent.


  1. This is such a delicious dish Jackie! Excellent recipe, wonderful photo! Loved it!