Vegan Lemon Chickpea Orzo Soup

January 8, 2020
If there was ever an official soup season in New England, now would be the time. Soup is hearty enough to warm your bones on a cold day but light enough that it won’t ruin your New Year's goal of eating healthy. It is one of the few comfort foods that won’t leave you feeling bloated after you eat and it’s filled with a bunch of flu-fighting ingredients. This soup is based on the classic Greek lemon orzo soup that typically contains pieces of chicken in it. To make this vegan, I simply swapped out the chicken for chickpeas and none of the flavor was sacrificed. The lemon adds a nice fresh burst of flavor. This soup can be enjoyed alongside a salad and some bread or topped with crackers.
Lemon Orzo Chickpea Soup

Vegan Lemon Chickpea Orzo Soup

utensils YIELDS 4-5 servings
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  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup orzo
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 1/2 cup purple onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • to taste black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas
  • juice from 1 lemon
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1. In a small pot, bring the water to a boil. Add the orzo and cook until soft, about 10 minutes. Drain the water and rinse the orzo under cold water to prevent further cooking. Set aside.

2. While the orzo is cooking, prepare the broth. Add the olive oil to a large pot over medium high heat. Add the carrots, onion, and garlic and stir.

3. Add the spices and mix well. Let cook for a few minutes, until the vegetables start to soften.

4. Add the vegetable broth and chickpeas and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.

5. Simmer for about 15 minutes to let the flavors infuse  and so the carrots can cook through.

6. Remove from heat and add lemon juice.

7. To serve, add a scoop of orzo to a bowl and top with broth.

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Lauren is a homebody who likes to spend time with her cat, explore new ideas in the kitchen, relax in the sun with a good book, and promote healthy living to friends and family.


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