Chicken Meatball & Orzo Hearty Soup

Brrrr..it’s chilly this morning! Chilly weather calls for some soup and that is just what I’m going to share today.

It’s my new take on a classic Chicken Noodle, but this particular one has much more flavor and it’s much more fun! It’s a delicious soup made with chicken meatballs, veggies and orzo pasta.

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I can’t seem to predict what my guys will like lately…. well, the little one, more or less. His taste is changing so fast, I can’t keep up. Sad news is that it’s changing for the worse. He is getting pickier and picker. He used to love orzo and all of a sudden …” nope, no, no!” Of course, that had to happen when I was trying this new soup. He loved the soup itself, picked out all the meatballs and broth but would not touch the orzo. I made it again for him but used Ditalini and he gobbled it up.

Speaking of picky eaters, my husband can be just as picky. He usually doesn’t eat soups (especially if it has a lot of veggies in it), so when I make a soup, I make a smaller batch. Of course, he decided that he LOVED this one and I need to make more (like now)!

As long as they love it, I’m happy! That’s all I ever need to hear!

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My secret with this recipe is in caramelizing. So much great flavor comes from caramelized onion and meatballs. (Gotta confess, I’ve been loving caramelized onions lately and been adding them everywhere. You’ll see with some recipes to come.) Anyway, make sure to get the onions golden brown and the meatballs too. When you slowly add the stock, make sure to scrape the bottom of the pan with your wooden spoon to deglaze all that brown goodness and mix it into the broth.

Chicken Meatball & Orzo Hearty Soup

Ingredients

  • Chicken Meatballs:
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tsp fresh minced dill weed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Soup:
  • 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, shredded
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • chicken meatballs
  • 4 cups of chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup of orzo
  • 1 tsp minced fresh dill weed

Instructions

  1. Meatballs: In a mixing bowl, combine the meat, crushed garlic, bread crumbs, egg, minced dill weed, salt and pepper. Mix until all evenly incorporated. Divide it into small meatballs and leave on a trey while you saute the veggies.
  2. Preheat 2 tbs of oil in a soup pot, over medium heat. Add diced onion and shredded carrots. Raise the heat to medium-high and saute the veggies until they begin to caramelize. Stir often.
  3. When they are nicely golden, add the crushed garlic and lower the heat back to medium. Saute until garlic is fragrant then take the veggies out of the pot and set aside.
  4. Add the other 2 tbs of oil and the meatballs. Cook the meatballs until mostly done, turning them after the bottom becomes golden.
  5. (Great flavor comes for caramelized onions and chicken meatballs and it will all transfer into the soup. )
  6. Once the meatballs are almost cooked, add the veggies back into the pot and then add the chicken stock.
  7. Add the bay leaf, salt and pepper. Cook, covered, for about 15 minutes.
  8. Add orzo and dill weed and cook until orzo is done. (About 10 minutes but make sure to taste the orzo to check.)
  9. Take out the bay leaf and serve!

Notes

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Comments

  1. I just threw together a chicken and veggie soup for lunch. Tis the season! Thanks for the recipe. I do not eat orzo but would substitute potatoes, maybe even sweet potatoes. YUMMY!

  2. My youngest is the same way. Usually surprises me, though with his taste buds. Sometimes picky and when I expect him to be picky… he’s not! My boys would definitely love this kind of soup. And, so would I! Have a happy Sunday, my friend!!

  3. OMG, this looks SO good. I’ve never known what to do with ground chicken, so I’ve stayed away from it. And I love orzo. I am so going to try this.

    And your timing is perfect. My Future Expat Required Ingredient Link Party that went live today is featuring chicken. I hope you’ll stop by and link it up so my readers can find this great recipe too!

  4. Mmmmm…I’m a soup fanatic, especially as the weather gets cold! I totally get the picky eaters, too! I have three men in my house (1 big & 2 littles) Thankfully my husband isn’t picky, but the kids sure are!

  5. Marisa France says:

    I can smell the heavenly aroma!! Just this morning I woke up and said – what kind of soup are we going to make next?? This sounds great. We’ve made chili, lemon chicken orzo, beef vegetable barley. My kids have insisted that along with Thanksgiving dinner they want my Gnocchi en brood. It is my mom’s recipe and the gnocchi are not made of potato but light as a feather little pillows made with egg, parmesan, and farina.

  6. Marisa Franca says:

    I meant to ask you, do you grind your chicken? If not, have you ever tried? We grind our own meat but have never tried the poultry.

    • Sorry for the late response, Marisa!
      I don’t grind my own mean right now but when I lived with my grandma, we did all our own ground meat. I do like it much better!

  7. This sounds so yummy, and I can’t wait to make it. I don’t have any kiddos, but my hubby isn’t always open to soups. He does, however LOVE orzo, so hopefully I can use that to coax him into trying it. If not, more for me to enjoy! :) Thanks for sharing!

  8. I can’t wait to try your recipe! Looks delicious. We have soups at least once a week. Perfect to add to my meal plan. & pinned it

  9. Oh yes, this is just the recipe my kitchen has been missing! How perfect for these first few weeks of breaking in the chillier temps! I’d love for you to share this recipe with my link party Life Created Tuesdays! Thanks for the recipe inspiration :)

  10. This looks amazing, Lyuba! I love orzo, so I am going to have to give this recipe a try soon. :)
    Thank you for sharing at Marvelous Mondays this week! Pinned.

  11. This looks amazing! Just wondering, how much meatballs should you end up with? Just so I have a rough estimate, I guess it’s not too important, they just might need more cooking or something? Thanks!

    • Sorry for the late response, Cara!
      Honestly, it really doesn’t matter. I made smaller meatballs for my son to easily eat them but you can make them any size!

  12. My daughter and I were just taking about how much we love soup! This one looks amazing!

  13. This sounds perfect for a chilly day! Good to know for picky eaters that substituting Ditalini is a good alternative!

  14. This looks delicious, Lyuba! I’ve pinned it and shared it on my Five Heart Home Facebook page. Can’t wait to try it on one of these chilly nights!

  15. Oohh Lyuba this looks delicious! I’ve never actually made chicken meatballs; what a great idea!

  16. I have been looking forward to making this and finally did today. It was yummy! I had ground turkey on hand, so I used it instead of ground chicken, broth instead of stock. I wish I would have stock on hand, but I’ll use it next time.
    Wonderful recipe!!

  17. This was delicious and relatively easy to make. Best of all the kids liked it too. Thanks for the recipe!

  18. Stumbled across this recipe on Pinterest and made it for dinner tonight. It was really good and the whole family enjoyed it. I did have to add a little more broth as the orzo cooked to keep it “soupy” but otherwise, was a great dinner. Thanks!

  19. We loved this recipe! A couple things we did differently: subbed turkey for chicken as it was cheaper at the market, used acini de pepe pasta as it cooks in the same time as orzo and I also had it on-hand, and we also pureed the vegetables because my boyfriend doesn’t like “chunks” in his soup. ;) It was quite good. We’d make it again! We served it alongside asiago bread.

  20. Kaitlain Lake says:

    I made the chicken meatball and orzo soup for dinner tonight and it was AMAZING! I was pleasantly surprised since I’ve never cooked with ground chicken. I’m trying to work my way through all of my pinterest recipes and and then comment on thee original pages. Your recipe has been the best so far!!!

  21. Hi! Making the soup now can’t wait to try it! Only thing was the chicken meatball mix was really kinda sticky to work with so I added water to my hand to make it a bit easier and I had to do the meatballs in batches bc they all wouldn’t fit in my pan but I can’t wait to try it smells really good!!

  22. I really like this recipe and so glad I stumbled upon your site. I have an old friend from the Ukraine. she is Russian also, and her mother makes some wonderful chicken meatballs. These taste similar. I am looking forward to trying more of your recipes. But….let me get to this review. I actually made a blunder which ended up being a good thing. I had a little glass of wine, and went to sit on the patio while waiting for the soup, the last step. I forgot about the soup and when I came back, all of the liquid had been absorbed. It was no longer a soup, but a stew or not even that, but a wonderful mix of orzo, veggies, and meatballs. My husband is not a huge soup fan, so this worked out well for him. It was hard to judge the amount of salt it needed. I was afraid to put too much. So next time I make it, which there will be a next time, I will either add more salt or add a packet of onion soup mix. I would even consider adding a squeeze of lemon juice. Thanks for sharing your recipes!

    • Haha, I have definitely done it before! I’m glad that you were able to salvage the soup/stew :)
      I would just add a little more salt and taste is as it’s cooking! I’m so glad you liked it!

  23. This is cooking as I type this and it smells amazing! Can’t wait to have it for lunch today

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