Chicken Soup with Escarole and Orzo

Orzo is a good pasta choice for using in soup. It is a small oval pasta that retains its texture in the hot broth. Serve with crusty bread and grated Romano cheese for sprinkling.

Serves: 10Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 4 hours 20 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 10

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. bony chicken pieces (neck, back, wings, etc.)
  • 3 medium yellow onions, peeled and chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • ½ bulb garlic, peeled and minced
  • ½ cup chopped parsley
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 8½ cups chicken stock, divided
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup pinot grigio
  • 3 cups fresh escarole, trimmed
  • 2½ cups cooked orzo pasta

Directions

  • Place the chicken pieces, onions, carrots, celery, garlic, parsley, thyme, bay leaves, peppercorns, stock, water, and wine in a large stockpot. Simmer on low heat for 4 hours, uncovered.
  • Meanwhile, steam the escarole in a large covered sauté pan with ½ cup of chicken stock until tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the escarole and orzo to the broth just before serving.

Recipe Information

Serves: 10

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. bony chicken pieces (neck, back, wings, etc.)
  • 3 medium yellow onions, peeled and chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • ½ bulb garlic, peeled and minced
  • ½ cup chopped parsley
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 8½ cups chicken stock, divided
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup pinot grigio
  • 3 cups fresh escarole, trimmed
  • 2½ cups cooked orzo pasta

Directions

  • Place the chicken pieces, onions, carrots, celery, garlic, parsley, thyme, bay leaves, peppercorns, stock, water, and wine in a large stockpot. Simmer on low heat for 4 hours, uncovered.
  • Meanwhile, steam the escarole in a large covered sauté pan with ½ cup of chicken stock until tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the escarole and orzo to the broth just before serving.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories250
Total Fat8g
Saturated Fat2g
Cholesterol40mg
Sodium420mg
Total Carbohydrate22g
Dietary Fiber3g
Sugars6g
Protein17g