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”

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      On January 23rd, 2010,Me said:

      Yay! :)

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      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.

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      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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