Thursday, January 1, 2015

Keep Well Chicken Orzo Soup


There are no words for how this soup aromatically fills the air in our home and soothes my soul.  Ladle after ladle full and we never tire of this--it has made it to the short list in the cold months.

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onions
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 3/4 cup diced celery
  • 1 tablespoon flour
    4 garlic cloves
    8 cups chicken stock (From here--Crockpot Chicken and Stock)
    2 1/2 cups cooked, shredded chicken (From here--Crockpot Chicken and Stock)
    4 cups chopped kale, stems removed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 5 Tablespoons fresh, chopped rosemary
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh, chopped parsley
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh, chopped thyme
  • 2 cups small, dry pasta--orzo
  1. In a large soup pot, heat olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add onions, carrots, and celery and saute about 5 minutes until softened. 
  3. Add garlic and flour stirring constantly for 1-2 more minutes until fragrant.
  4. Add chicken stock, chicken, and kale.
  5. Increase heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15-20 minutes until flavors are combined and veggies are tender.
  6. After the soup has fully simmered, Stir in salt, pepper, rosemary, parsley and thyme.
  7. Cover and begin to cook pasta until al dente.
  8. IMMEDIATELY after pasta is al dente, drain and add to soup (if you let the orzo sit it gets clumpy and soaks up all the water-yuck)
Tip:  Chop the veggies the night before serving and refrigerate until ready to use!

Timing:  Little Juliette had this at a few days shy of 8 months coarsely chopped up.  I added extra steamed carrots for her to make it thicker and easier to spoon feed her.  For a child to self feed this, I would say 18 months depending on how well they self feed.

Difficulty:  2 of 5.  As far as soups go, this is pretty easy.

Epicutie Rating:
Little Joy, Asher and Juliette:  Yummy in the Tummy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Extra carrots for Little Juliette's Soup

Pre Chopped Veggies

Little Juliette's Soup to be Chopped

Chopped and ready for her!

SHE COULD NOT GET ENOUGH!  She kept signing more as soon as the food hit her mouth!

Little Joy and Asher had smile face toast with their soup---the face is Bell Pepper :)

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Little Joy at 2 years, Sept 2012

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Little Frances

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Little Asher at 11 months, Sept 2012

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Little Elizabeth, July 2013
  • Yummy in the Tummy: Epicutie thoroughly enjoyed each bite
  • Somewhat yummy: Epicutie seemed to somewhat enjoy the food at first, but seemed to like it less with subsequent bites
  • Not so sure I like it...yet: Epicutie somewhat rejected the first bites, but seemed intrigued. The next exposure may be better!
  • Confused: Epicutie rejected the first bites, perhaps due to texture or strong flavor.
  • Sour Puss: Epicutie gave a sour face indicating she did not like the food. However--if at first you do not succeed, try, try again!

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