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

lperejma's Review

December 09, 2014

garagegirl's Review

April 24, 2014

RoAnnCook's Review

February 17, 2014

drnana's Review

January 03, 2014
flavor was good but thought that 2 32oz boxes of chicken broth was way too much; one 32 oz box would have been plenty. Aftrer I remove some of the broth I will add another 3/4 cup or orzo and maybe some spinach as noted above...then it will be better, in my opinion

Mamamiaof3's Review

November 22, 2013
I thought this was a delicious twist on chicken soup and will make it again.

LolaArk's Review

November 11, 2013
Delicious and easy!

Kellet's Review

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

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.

gkunik's Review

October 31, 2013
Loved it! I used less lemon juice and added cannellini beans to make it more hardy, also I used dried parsley and that was fine.

Kimberlyyoung's Review

October 30, 2013
Made as directed and wouldn't change a thing! Nice rich flavor for something so simple in ingredients.