5th January 2010

Orzo Chickpea Soup

Lisa made this soup when we were in California during the holidays — orzo, chickpeas, and spinach swim in a simple vegetable broth, topped with garlicky tomatoes and shredded Parmesan. Lisa’s dad liked the soup so much he decided to make it again just a few days later. The recipe is based on one from Heidi’s site, with a few additions.

Chris says:

A delicious noodle soup, orzo it seems

Lisa says:

C’mon, no puns tonight please.

Chris says:

Alright, fine. I do love the addition of the chickpeas…

Seto says:

This is very good Lisa! I’m having more.

Lisa says:

Awesome! I love the egg whites… they add a neat texture to the broth.

Chris says:

I bet this would be good with the kale option as well — if we make this when we get back to Seattle let’s do it that way.

Seto says:

I’ll be making this myself by the end of the week. Leave me the recipe…


7 cups vegetable broth
1 1/2 cups orzo
2 cups spinach, chopped
1 14-oz can chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1 14-oz can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, well drained
1 tsp crushed red pepper
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
extra virgin olive oil
3 egg whites
sea salt

grated Parmesan cheese

Bring the broth to a boil in a large saucepan. Add the orzo and cook until just tender – about ten minutes. Stir in the chopped spinach and chickpeas.

Meanwhile, heat the tomatoes, red pepper, garlic, and a splash of extra virgin olive oil in a separate saucepan. Taste for seasoning and salt if needed.

Just before serving, slowly pour the egg whites into the soup, stirring quickly with a whisk. Taste and add more salt if needed. Divide the soup among four bowls, each serving topped with a spoonful of tomatoes, a drizzle of olive oil, and some of the cheese.

4-6 Servings

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There are currently 5 responses to “Orzo Chickpea Soup”

  1. 1
    On January 23rd, 2010, Me said:

    Yay! 🙂

  2. 2
    On January 25th, 2010, burkie said:

    welcome back!

    and happy new year!

  3. 3
    On January 26th, 2010, SKE said:

    Yum! We had this for dinner tonight and it was perfect.

  4. 4
    On February 1st, 2010, Orzo Chickpea Soup – We [Heart] Food | Happy Happy Joy Joy said:

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  5. 5
    On March 7th, 2010, tasteofbeirut said:

    Why the egg whites? for the additional protein? love that soup! right up my alley too. I would just throw in a bunch of garlic and basta!its ready.

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