Easy Meatball Soup with Orzo (healthy!)
This quick, healthy, easy meatball soup with whole wheat orzo and vegetables will warm you on the chilliest of days without leaving you with that heavy, over-full feeling.
I’ve teamed up with al fresco® to create this easy meatball soup recipe and to chat with you a little about staying healthy. I recently rejoined the gym after our move (and taking a little too much time off) and I feel like I’m finally getting back in a groove. The kind of groove where if I go a couple days without working out, I start to feel a little crazy.
If you’re looking for more healthy soup ideas, try:
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3/4 cup diced onion (one small yellow onion)
- 1 cup diced carrot (about 4 small carrots or 2 large)
- 1 cup diced celery (about 3 stalks)
- 18 ounces al fresco Caramelized Onion Chicken Meatballs (found in freezer section)
- 4 cups (packed) baby kale or spinach
- 4 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
- 1/2 cup whole wheat orzo
- Water if desired to thin (I added two cups)
- In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, carrots and celery and cook, stirring frequently, until starting to soften (3-4 minutes). Add meatballs and continue to saute until onions are translucent, 4-5 minutes.
- Add kale and stir until wilted, about 2 minutes.
- Add broth and increase heat to high to bring to boil. Once boiling, add orzo and cook for 9 minutes or as directed on package. Add water as necessary after pasta is cooked to thin soup to desired consistency.
- Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 of 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 362 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 50mg Sodium: 764mg Carbohydrates: 44g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 8g Sugar: 9g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 16g
Husband’s take: He loves heartier soups and this one fit the bill. He took leftovers in his lunch.
Changes I would make: None are necessary but feel free to have fun with different vegetables or different types of pasta — you can kind of make this a clean out the fridge meal.
Difficulty: So easy!
This post is in partnership with al fresco. All opinions are my own – thanks for supporting Rachel Cooks by reading about brands I use and love in my own home.