Recipe: Chicken, orzo and white bean soup

I’ve had a hard time eating much lately, with all this morning sickness malarky, but the worst of it now seems to be passing and I’ve been able to brave the kitchen to cook something from scratch. I’ve really missed getting creative in the kitchen, but cooking smells have been my enemy for the last few months, so it’s been a lot of salads and fresh fruit, which is all good and well, but sometimes you want something a bit more.

So this weekend I decided I was feeling well enough to make some soup, and thought I’d experiment a little and come up with a new recipe, and that’s how I came to make chicken, orzo and white bean soup…

Home-made chicken, orzo and white bean soup
Served with toast and croutons

Chicken, orzo and white bean soup
Serves 3-4


  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tbsp oil
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 medium potato
  • 1 large handful fresh parsley
  • 2-3 handfuls of roast chicken
  • 1 can white beans – drained (cannelini, barlotti or similar)
  • 1 ltr chicken stock
  • 1-2 handfuls orzo (or small pasta shapes)
  • pinch salt and course ground black pepper


  • Finely dice the onion and crush the garlic, then pop into a large pot with the oil and let them cook for a few minutes (till the garlic turns the colour of cappuccino).
  • Peel and grate the carrot and potato, and roughly chop the parsley. Throw it into the pot and add the chicken (all chopped up) and the beans, then pour the stock over.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes then add the orzo and simmer for a further 5 – 10 minutes till the orzo is cooked. Add salt and pepper at this point to season.
  • Serve with crusty bread and croutons.

I thoroughly enjoyed this soup – it’s hearty enough to be filling, but light enough that you could serve it as a starter in smaller bowls. The flavours work really well together and it’s a great way to use up that chicken that’s left after a Sunday roast, as well as being a quick and easy lunch to throw together when you’re short on time.

If you try this recipe, do let me know what you thought of it – I’d love to know!

ETA: A friend of mine is eating a “clean diet” and one of the things she’s avoiding is potato. She mentioned that sweet potato might be a good substitute here and I agree – sweet potato is delicious and goes very well with chicken, so if you have to avoid regular potatoes for whatever reason, give it a try with sweet potato. Alternatively, you could always omit the potato from the recipe all together.

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