Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup



3 tbsp. olive oil

1 cup onions, diced

1/2 celery, diced

1/2 cup carrots, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp. thyme

1 tbsp. basil

salt and pepper to taste

6 cup chicken broth

1  1/2 cup orzo, cooked

1.5 lemons, juiced

rind of one lemon

2 cups chicken breast, cooked and diced or shredded

1/2 cup milk or heavy cream


1.In a large pan, add the olive oil and the onions.  Cook the onions for about 5 minutes before adding the celery and carrots.  Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring often.

2. Add the garlic, spices and chicken broth.  Bring to a boil and then simmer for about 10 minutes.  Add the orzo, lemon juice, lemon zest and chicken.  Cook for another 5 minutes.

3. Add the milk or heavy cream, then cook for 5 more minutes.




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