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.
My life is all about soup, slow cookers, and easy dinners lately. Ben’s job is busier than ever and he’s home for dinner two nights a week, if we’re lucky. Soup is the perfect solution because it can easily be kept warm or reheated when he gets home. Not only that, but it’s typically also a healthy option.
This soup comes together in about 30 minutes thanks to frozen chicken meatballs. They’re flavorful, and you can use them in soups, stir-fry dinners and sheet pan meals. I think they’re the perfect addition to this cozy, healthy soup. This meatball soup with orzo is fabulous reheated the next day, too!
More healthy soup ideas
- Slow Cooker Green Enchilada Soup (only five ingredients in this baby!)
- Italian Sausage and White Bean Stew with Kale
- White Bean Soup with Pancetta and Kale
- Red Lentil Soup
- 20 Minute Turkey and Bean Soup (a reader favorite!)
- Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
- Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
- Homemade Vegetable Soup Recipe
- Instant Pot Minestrone Soup Recipe
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3/4 cup diced onion (1 small yellow onion)
- 1 cup diced carrot (about 4 small carrots or 2 large)
- 1 cup diced celery (about 3 stalks)
- 18 ounces 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.
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