Photo: Melina Hammer; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Makes about 3 qt.

Lemon, Orzo, and Meatball Soup is our hearty twist on chicken noodle soup, featuring small grains of orzo pasta and savory chicken meatballs.

How to Make It

Step 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).

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Ratings & Reviews

Bethlyleshowell's Review

October 19, 2013
Delicious - very filling, but not heavy.

theresaygeorge's Review

September 22, 2013
Delicious! I used ground turkey and it was great.

lperejma's Review

December 09, 2014

AmyNJames's Review

September 30, 2013

colibri1120's Review

October 13, 2013
Great recipe. I followed it exactly and found it wonderful.

RoAnnCook's Review

February 17, 2014

Kellet's Review

November 11, 2013
Took this to my Sunday Night Dinner group. They LOVED it! Not a drop left!!

Bobbie2967's Review

September 27, 2013
I followed the recipe exactly and it is a winner! I don't often say I wouldn't change a thing, but this recipe is spot on. This will be my new winter craving.

jakemacz's Review

November 09, 2013
Made this tonight. Made meatballs a bit smaller, got about 40 and added some grated onion and garlic to them as well. Added some chiffanaded spinach to the soup at the end with the parsley and cheese. Pretty delicious. Great with a bit of Italian bread and salad.

mickmoodle's Review

September 21, 2013