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RECIPE: Lemon, Orzo, and Meatball Soup

This soup is great for a cold afternoon, both in the fall and spring. The lemon gives a freshness you don’t normally expect from a soup. Making the meatballs can be complicated, but is oh so worth it! Check it out and see what you think. Be sure to check out their website for even more amazing meals! This recipe is originally from Southern Living, October 2013.

Lemon, Orzo, and Meatball Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup fine, dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 teaspoons loosely packed lemon zest, divided
  • 1 teaspoon dried crushed rosemary, divided
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium-size sweet onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 (32-oz.) containers chicken broth
  • 5 to 6 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup orzo pasta
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

Preparation:

1. Combine first 4 ingredients, 2 tsp. lemon zest, and 1/2 tsp. rosemary in a medium bowl. Shape into 30 (1-inch) meatballs (about 1 level tablespoonful each).

2. Sauté meatballs, in 2 batches, in 1 Tbsp. hot oil per batch in a Dutch oven over medium heat 3 to 4 minutes or until browned. Remove using a slotted spoon.

3. Sauté onion and next 2 ingredients in remaining 1 Tbsp. hot oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat 3 to 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in broth, lemon juice, and remaining 2 tsp. zest and 1/2 tsp. rosemary. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Add orzo. Reduce heat to medium; simmer, stirring occasionally, 7 to 9 minutes or until pasta is almost tender.

4. Stir in meatballs; simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 to 7 minutes or until meatballs are thoroughly cooked. Add salt and pepper to taste. Top with cheese and parsley.