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Orzo Chickpea Soup

Posted By Chris On January 5, 2010 @ 4:39 pm In Soups and Stews,Vegetarian | 5 Comments

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.

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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