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Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
Panera Bread Copycat Recipe

Makes 6 Quarts

1 teaspoon Olive oil
1 med onion, chopped
3 - 4 med carrots, chopped
3 ribs celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
3 - 32 oz. boxes of fat free, low sodium chicken stock
8 oz. cooked and chopped chicken breast
8 oz. orzo pasta, parboiled in salted water for half the time called for on the package and drained
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice ( about 2 lemons)
zest from one lemon
salt and pepper, to taste
8 oz. organic baby spinach
lemon slices and Parmesan cheese for garnish ( optional )

In a large stock pot or dutch oven heat oil on med heat.  Add the onion, carrots and celery.  Cook until vegetables begin to soften and onion starts to become translucent.  Add in the garlic and cook for another minute or so.  Add in the bay leaf, thyme, oregano and some salt and pepper.  ( as much as you like on the salt and pepper)  Cook for another 30 seconds or so, and add in all the broth.  Bring to a boil and then partially cover and turn down to a simmer.  Cook until the vegetables are just soft.

Add in the parboiled pasta, lemon juice and lemon zest.  Stir.  Add in the cooked chicken.  Allow to heat through.  ( Pasta will continue to cook at this point)  Before serving, stir in baby spinach and allow to get wilted in hot broth.  Check for salt and pepper and add as needed and remove bay leaf.  Check pasta to see if it is soft enough.  Spoon into bowls and garnish with lemon slices and Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Adapted from My Kitchen Adventures Blog


  1. I love that you enjoyed this soup! And thanks for giving credit back.:) Here is a link to the original my original recipe.

  2. Made this recipe today, as I crave Panera's Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup. I cut down on the carrot's as it seemed like a lot to me, and I really can't have carrots (allergies). It's delicious!

  3. Yum! I just made this, and it is a keeper!

  4. I've made this several times and it's a staple at my house. One of my favorite soups and SO easy!!