This Turkey Orzo Soup has a zesty flavorful broth with meaty pieces of turkey breast, comforting orzo pasta, and plenty of veggies, perfect for chilly fall evenings when you want a filling bowl of soup.
I have been waiting to tell you about this soup. I know you guys are soup lovers based on the popularity of my soup recipes, so I’m back at it again today with this Turkey Orzo Soup.
This one is a soul-warmer, a comforting bowl of orzo swimming in a delicious turkey and lemon scented broth. The trifecta of onion, carrots, and celery never disappoints me and this soup is chock-full of those 3 favorites, melting their warm aromatics straight into the broth too.
The lemon juice and parsley at the end give everything a fresh note you didn’t realize it needed, and makes the soup straight up addicting.
Use leftover turkey meat or shredded rotisserie chicken if desired, and whatever pasta shape you have on hand. It’s almost a stew, with this recipe makes very filling portion sizes of around 2 cups each. You can decide to add more broth to thin it further as well.
- 2 cups diced white onion
- 1 and ½ cups diced carrots
- 1 and ½ cups diced celery
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 and ½ pounds turkey breast cutlets (or 3-4 cups leftover shredded turkey)
- 10 cups chicken broth
- 1 and ½ cups dry orzo pasta
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- In a soup pot, add diced vegetables along with the olive oil and sauté for 5 minutes on medium heat.
- Mince garlic cloves and add them to the pot, sauteeing for 2 minutes.
- Add in turkey breast cutlets (or leftover turkey), broth, and dry pasta. Bring the soup to a simmer and then allow it to cook for 15-20 minutes.
- Test the orzo pasta for doneness before turning off the heat. Remove the turkey meat and shred it using 2 forks and then return it to the pot.
- Add in the lemon juice and fresh parsley. Stir to combine and serve hot.
So if you happen to be one of those people with leftover turkey for days after Thanksgiving, make this soup and share it around with family lingering around and slurp up the comforting bowls together.
They’ll appreciate it and you’ll be happy to rid your fridge of some weight.