Chicken Orzo Soup #SundaySupper

Chicken Orzo Soup Is there a better way to show your love and care than with comfort food? We have two sickies in our home. It seems that every year right around the holidays, someone in our house comes down with something and we pass it from one person to another. Since we are going on week two, I decided I needed to come up with a different soup the traditional Chicken Noodle Soup. We love orzo almost as much as rice and noodles, and I decided that Chicken Orzo Soup was in order.

This little creation lead to a quick family favorite and just in time for this week’s #SundaySupper event. Tammi from Momma’s Meals is our fabulous host and we are having fun with recipes based on our favorite Christmas Song or Movie. So unlike most of our contributors who start off with the theme and then develop the recipe, I decided that I needed the recipe to fit into the theme. I just couldn’t wait to share this Chicken Orzo Soup recipe with all of you.

Not wanting to be a rule breaker, I needed to find the right song or movie to stay within the theme. I turned to our contributors for help and inspiration. Could I make Chicken Orzo Soup fit in with this weeks theme? When I tell you that we have so much fun behind the scenes as we plan our events, you have no idea! This will give you a quick glimpse into our behind the scenes as we prepare for event.

Me: Ok, is it a stretch if I make Chicken Orzo soup for this week’s #sundaysupper event based on the 12 Days of Christmas

Lauren Keating what’s the link there? lol (I’d kill for some chicken orzo soup right now though)

Lori Yates You’re not going to be chopping up Drummers Drumming and putting them in there, are you? Because if so, I say thumbs down 


Lori Yates Geese A Laying…sure. 


Isabel Reis Laessig The French Hens, of course. Maybe I should name it French Hen Orzo Soup


Lori Yates I like it. Just leave the Swans A Swimming alone  


Lauren Keating oooooh, duh. not too much of a stretch! 


Isabel Reis Laessig I bet Geese Orzo Soup would be yummy too hahahaha 


Susan Knoll Palmer I mean I stretched things by making Gin and Tonic Cupcakes based on one line from the Chanukah song, I think you can get away with it.  


Isabel Reis Laessig I heard that Nicole Humphrey Cook is making geese in her crock pot 


Brianne Izzo Are you putting carrots in it? 5 Golden Rings, too?


Isabel Reis Laessig Oh my gosh… that is brilliant Brianne Izzo 

Lori Yates 9 Maids A Milking – add a splash of cream at the end?

Isabel Reis Laessig That is awesome Lori Yates hmmm…. anything else we can add?


Lori Yates Ladies Dancing – dance while it simmers. Who doesn’t like kitchen dancing once in awhile? 


Nicole Humphrey Cook No, no. It’s duck. Completely different


Lauren Keating duck…duck…goose

Nicole Humphrey Cook What she said

Brianne Izzo You could make it like an egg drop soup for the Geese A-Laying

Isabel Reis Laessig oh my gosh… you guys are just awesome. And to think I wasn’t sure if this song would work LOL

Brianne Izzo That song is full of all kinds of fowl – I think you are covered!


Lori Yates Lords A Leaping – have your son leap around the kitchen while it simmers? Be careful with that, though  hahaha


Lori Yates I take that back, you really shouldn’t leap in the kitchen. Have him leap in the dining room.


Brianne Izzo You thought it would be a “leap” for the recipe to work with that song.


Nicole Humphrey Cook This conversation has been the best one I’ve had all day. Love it!


Brianne Izzo It’s been my only adult conversation all day. Speaking of… time to stop making bad food puns and go get the crazy boy.


Tammi Demers Forcier Nicole Humphrey Cook Did I miss your entry? I didn’t see it….. I’d love a duck recipe! Well I did see a Peking Duck I can’t wait to see!


Renee Jurgens Goerger After all these wonderful suggestions, I can’t wait to see what you do with it. 
I love our Sunday Supper Family and I can’t imagine my days without them. I am so thankful that we have been brought together by the mission to bring families back to the dinner table. It’s about our mission but it is about so much more. The friendships and the sense of family within our community if something that we could never put a price one. I feel so grateful and blessed to be part of our Sunday Supper Family. 

Chicken Orzo Soup

Chicken Orzo Soup #SundaySupper
  • 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • ½ Onion, chopped fine
  • 4 Celery Stalks, diced
  • 4 Carrots, diced
  • 3 teaspoons minced Garlic
  • 8 Cups of Water
  • 1 Chicken Carcass with some meat left on it. Rotisserie Chicken works great too.
  • 2 tablespoons Chicken Base
  • 8 ounces Orzo. ½ package
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  1. Heat Olive Oil in large Pot.
  2. Add Onion, Celery, Carrrots and Garlic and saute until soft.
  3. Add Water, Chicken Base and Chicken Carcass and bring to a boil.
  4. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer for 2 hours.
  5. Remove Carcass, making sure there are no bones left in the broth.
  6. When Chicken is cool enough to touch, pick bones clean, discarding bones, skin and cartilage.
  7. Add Chicken back into the broth and bring to a boil.
  8. Once boiling, bring back down to a simmer and add Orzo Pasta
  9. Simmer for ½ hour.
  10. Season with Salt and Pepper if needed

This week’s Sunday Supper Recipes are so fun and delicious. All our contributors had a blast with this theme!

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  1. says

    We do have such fun in our group and this is a perfect example. I hope everyone in your family is well by Christmas and it will be a very merry one.

  2. says

    I have been looking for a few new soup recipes and this one will be first on my list to make. Thanks for sharing and for bring such a fun group together! Merry Christmas and all the best in 2014 to the Sunday Supper group!

  3. says

    I wish we could go through the holidays without at least one person getting sick. Thankfully my husband, daughter and I have been fortunate to miss the bug going around. But a lot of our extended family members have been hit with it. Here’s hoping everyone feels better by Christmas.

  4. says

    I missed the conversation but it made me laugh when I read through the whole thing the next day, Isabel. We love orzo too and your chicken soup would definitely cure whatever ails you! Another cold front is coming through here in Rhode Island and I would love a big bowl!

  5. says

    It makes sense to me 😉 I make a similar soup with barley, but will try it with orzo next! Perfect for a chilly winter’s evening meal! Merry Christmas, Isabel! Hope you’re all feeling better by the big day. xo

  6. says

    Isabel, Sunday Supper is a very special group of bloggers and I am honored to know you all!!! I love this soup!!! Orzo is one of my favorites too. . hope everyone at home is feeling better! wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!!!

  7. says

    That was a fun conversation and I’m glad you ended up making the soup because it looks delicious! I love anything containing orzo, so I’ll have to add it to my chicken soup next time.

  8. says

    This is the perfect, healing soup for this time of year! I love the way you’ve worked it into the theme! I’m so happy to be part of this wonderful SundaySupper family too :)

  9. says

    I could really use some of this soup right about now, you’ve got me convinced that Orzo BELONGS in soup! Also thank you for the reminder of how much fun this family has as we prepare for each and every event. It’s nice to see hard work pay off with great company and some laughs along the way! Have a wonderful holiday with your family Isabel!!

  10. says

    I would love a big heaping bowl of your soup right now! It looks amazing. You know when I saw the title I was expecting something with more a a broth consistency. I prefer that way yours is for sure! Thanks for sharing! Wishing your and your family Happy Holidays Isabel.

  11. says

    Just started laughing again reading through that conversation one more time :) We have so much fun together, I love it. I think anybody who works from home misses the workplace interactions with coworkers once in awhile, but conversations like this during the day kind of replaces that for me. Delicious looking recipe, too, Isabel!

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