Photo: Melina Hammer; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Yield
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

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

theresaygeorge's Review

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

lperejma's Review

Karenju
December 09, 2014
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AmyNJames's Review

jakemacz
September 30, 2013
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colibri1120's Review

Bobbie2967
October 13, 2013
Great recipe. I followed it exactly and found it wonderful.

RoAnnCook's Review

Mamamiaof3
February 17, 2014
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Kellet's Review

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

Bobbie2967's Review

Kellet
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

mickmoodle
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

colibri1120
September 21, 2013
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