This was tasty and so easy to put together. I wouldn't serve it to guests because it's not that interesting, but for an easy and quick dinner, it worked really well and tasted great. I used pecorino cheese for that extra saltiness and served it with french bread for dipping. Yum!
I was very excited about this recipe when I read the reviews but like some of the other folks, I was a bit disappointed. Chickpeas and spinach are two of my favorite foods but it didn't come together as I expected. It was ok. Would I make it again? Possibly but not probably. I think if I would have added the touch of hot sauce like the other reviewer, it may have helped. II agree that there are a lot of better soups that are just as healthy out there.
lemony broth was delicious for a spring soup!
Very good, quick recipe. My husband is not a soup fan - in fact, he's not a fan of most of the ingredients in this recipe, and yet he gave it two thumbs up. I did make some changes: I added two chicken sausage links because I had some leftover from last night's dinner. I used 5 cups of chicken broth and only 1 cup of water, four green onions instead of two, and great northern beans instead of chickpeas. Also I added some fresh thyme since I had it on hand and some extra spices. I suggest using the entire amount of lemon it calls for. I actually used the juice of a whole lemon (didn't measure it out but I'm sure it was a bit more than was called for), and it was still not overpowering.
I enjoyed the flavor combinations..it reminded me of Italian Wedding Soup minus the little meatballs. I altered the recipe by adding the full juice of one lemon.. this seemed to add more flavor as I found it a tad bland otherwise. I made it for my cooking club and everyone really liked it and said they'd make it as well.
Meh. The recipe was easy to put together but not very flavorful- we ended up adding more salt so we could eat it. Also, it turns an unappetizing gray color when refrigerated overnight (leftovers). Would not make again
I don't usually write reviews, but felt compelled to write one for this recipe. My husband and I love this recipe and it's become one of my regular go-to meals when I'm looking for something fast. I usually substitute another kind of small pasta because I'm not a big fan of orzo, and my husband and I agree that a more bitter green, like beet greens, benefit the soup greatly. Overall, a fast, delicious and well-rounded soup!
I expected this to be more lemony, so I actually reduced the lemon a little so it wouldn't be overpowering, and I could have used all the lemon! The lemon does not take over the soup at all. I couldn't find low sodium chickpeas, and the soup was a little saltier than I expected, so next time I'll adjust the salt. Very good soup though.
Not bad; my husband actually liked this better than I did (said it made a good "cold weather" soup), so I'll give this 3.5 stars. Like some of the other reviewers I started with dried chickpeas and used homemade chicken stock, fresh lemon juice and zest, and whole-grain orzo; but even with the extra effort it was still lacking. It definitely benefitted from the Parmesan, but I think this would be better with some diced ham or smoked sausage. I may make it again as my husband liked it but it's not something I would serve to company.
I appreciate that this is a very healthy recipe, but it definitely tasted that way, if you know what I mean! I'm not sure why it has so many stars. I followed the recipe exactly, except for adding a little bit extra (fresh-squeezed!) lemon juice and my orzo was whole wheat. I served it with sourdough garlic bread, and the bread overshadowed it in a big way! It wasn't awful, but it's definitely not a make-again.
This was so easy and delicious! While the soup simmered I trimmed the spinach and then bam!....dinner was ready. Served with crusty bread :) 1 3/4 cup is a lot of food! My mom made it with Kale and said stick with the spinach. I had to add a little water to the leftovers but no biggie. I also tried it with a little crumbled feta - nice addition. Maybe next time I might add some sausage.
I added diced cooked chicken to make it heartier...my family had it gobbled up in no time! Will definately be making this all winter long:)
I didn't think this was outstanding, but I definitely thought it was tasty. I agree with the other posters about the cheese - make sure you use plenty of Parmesan or it won't be nearly as good. But compared to other recipes, it was just meh - good, not great. It might make it into the rotation, but I have other soups I would prefer first.
This was definitely a quick soup to put together - I fixed it before going to work. I did think it needed a touch more spice, so I added 1 teaspoon Tabasco to the pot - yum!
This is a very easy and delicious recipe. I made it with Imagine's No-Chicken broth and it was great. The lemon is very subtle, not overpowering at all. This will be a staple around our house.
The soup is amazing! I definetly agree that the parmesan is a must. I made a tiny bowl to sample since I was making it for lunch tomorrow. One little bowl turned into 4! I highly suggest it. Next time I make it, I may try shredded chicken instead of chickpeas.
This soup was delicious! I'm sometimes worried with soups because the broth can be bland. But this was very flavorful and healthy! And I agree, the cheese is a must because it adds the perfect bite!
This soup is delicious! My husband is a meat and potatoes guy and was preparing to pick up dinner from our local chili parlor (Skyline a Cincinnati fav). After he sampled the soup he was very pleased and poured himself a big bowl! Make sure you do not skip the cheese! It is a great compliment to this soup!