Vegetarian Lemon Chickpea Orzo Soup

I am not going to lie, I was blown away the first time I tried a variation of this recipe. I had saved it and put it in my recipe book nearly a year before I attempted making it, and boy do I regret not trying it sooner!

Since that first try, I have worked to refine, adapt, and change the dish to fit my preferences. For example, I am a huge fan of citrus-y flavors in dishes, such as lemon and lime (my guacamole recipe is chock full of lime!). So, I added a ton more lemon to this recipe than the original recipe called for (so be warned!).

This recipe is wonderful for any vegetarians looking for a soup that provides some protein. There are also some carbs in the soup, so it’ll leave you feeling full than a typical, less hearty soup would.

Vegetarian Lemon Chickpea Orzo Soup

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Total time: 30 min

Serves: 2-4

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp garlic
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 6 cups veggie broth
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 cup orzo
  • Juice of 1-2 lemons (depending on preference)

Instructions:

  • Chop onion into bite-sized pieces. Peel and finely chop carrots.
  • Add butter and oil to large pan or wok and melt butter over medium heat. Once melted, add carrots, onion, garlic, pepper, and salt.
  • Cook for 7-10 minutes, stirring often. Onions should be transparent, and carrots should be soft.
  • Add veggie broth and bring dish to a boil. Once boiling, add chickpeas and orzo to pan. Bring heat down to low and cover dish. Cook for another 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Orzo and chickpeas will cook fully in the liquid and veggies will become more tender.
  • Once cooked, add lemon juice. I add a lot of lemon juice because I love the lemony taste of this dish, but feel free to add less lemon if you prefer!
  • Serve this dish warm.


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