Vegetable Noodle Soup

This soup is just as good for dinner as it is for lunch -- it's warming and comforting and perfect for a rainy day.

Total Time:
30 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
4 servings, about 4 cups
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 rib celery, sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 medium carrot, sliced (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 1/4 medium onion, about 1/2 cup
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup orzo or other small pasta or egg noodles or broken up spaghetti
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth (1 quart box, or 2 cans)
  • Small handful fresh parsley leaves, basil or dill, chopped (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Serving suggestion: Whole-wheat crackers and cheese sticks
Directions

Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat; add all the vegetables, garlic and onion. Season with the salt, and cook until tender, about 6 minutes. Add the pasta and cook until slightly toasted and golden, about 2 minutes. Add broth, and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook, covered, until pasta is just tender, about 8 minutes.

Stir in whatever herb suits you (or your young eater) and lemon juice. Season with pepper and additional salt, to taste. Fill thermos, pack in a lunch sack with crackers and cheese sticks and send off to school.

TIP: This soup freezes well, so freeze any leftovers or make a double batch to have plenty on hand. Also, you can stir in some cooked chicken or mini-meatballs, if desired, for another meal.

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I've been making chicken orzo soup like this for years, while it is really good I don't get why you call it vegetable soup. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fast, easy & yummy. I used vegetable stock, added broccoli and mushrooms and threw in some shrimp at the end to make it more substantial for dinner. I also used wide Homestyle Noodles which made it very hearty. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty. I didn't have any celery but I used parsnips. I also used mushrooms. My boyfriend was sick and LOVED it. I tripled the recipe and have lots for freezing, so the next time either of us are sick we can just warm it up. Very very good. I'll probably add more veggies next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy and so easy to make. Also a great base for adding any other vegetables or seasonings. I added chicken and it worked out great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this soup a few nights back. Didn't have chicken broth, so I used vegetable broth (wasn't low sodium), and omitted the added salt in the recipe. Also, didn't have lemon or parsley on hand and the soup tasted fantastic without it! Definitely making this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very simple and tasty. Me and my husband are not soup person but we loved this recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent & Easy item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the recipe and the soup was very bland item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super easy & quick! i didnt have celery but i added another carrot, corn, and sweet bell peppers! loved it! towards the end i also added fresh spinach, it mixed in nicely! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty and easy! Love this soup! item not reviewed by moderator and published
For a basic recipe, its a keeper. As a vegetarian I substituted vegetable stock (with such a simple soup, be sure to use a high quality veggie stock - my favorite is Fresh & Easy's store brand and 'deglazed' the pan with a splash of white wine before adding the noodles. I doubled the celery content and added a 1/2 tsp of coriander powder, increased the noodles (I used wide egg noodles to 2 cups, and selected parsley as my herb choice. For a dish that uses ingredients that are almost always in my kitchen and something that's simple to cook when I'm not feeling 'on the top of my game', I'm sold. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Warm and cozy and incredibly easy to throw together. Very low calorie, too, which makes it a great part of my lunch. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really stink at cooking, I keep trying but always fail! So I had been searching for an easy but still healthy soup recipe for a while. When I saw this I gave it a shot and to my surprise, I did it and it tasted great! This is a wonderfully easy and good recipe and you can tweak it a bit to add whatever you like for veggies and spices. I am so glad to have found this and will definately be making it again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very simple, very quick, and very good! I picked this recipe because it seemed very easy to make with basic ingredients that I already had at home. However, I also added a bit of canned tomato paste (~2 tablespoons and substituted the chicken broth for Nature's Promise Vegetable Broth since I'm vegetarian. The soup turned out to be just what my boyfriend I needed on a chilly night. I will definitely be making this again! Thank you for the great recipe : item not reviewed by moderator and published
Perfect noodle soup! Quick, easy and delicious - try it out!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best recipe! So easy and very delicious! I used the egg noodles and it was PERFECT! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My wife wanted soup for dinner because we were both down with colds. I decided to try this recipe because it was easy and I had everything I needed in the fridge and pantry. I would make one change. The tip and the end of the recipe suggests making a double batch and freezing it. I suggest getting a clean 55 gallon oil drum and making enough to fill it. One of the best's soups we've ever had. Chelsea's review nailed it. The lemon juice totally makes this. The recipe looks so simple, it's hard to imagine it's anything specialt. TRY IT!!!!!! Two variations I will try: Daughter is a vegetarian so I'll try it with vegetable broth instead of chicken broth next time she's home from college Will add one more can of broth because there wasn't enough when I made it. Not sure if it was because there wasn't enough liquid or because we needed more of that amazing liquid. P.S. get a loaf of good bread to soak up any remaining broth. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup was awesome! I made a double batch and added 2 jalopenos, spinach, red and green peppe!rs. I also used small pasta soup shells for the noodles. I def. will be making this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
SOOOOO good! It makes about 4 servings though, so I would double it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I stumbled upon this recipe by accident but at a good time. I was in day 4 of a bad cold and was home reading recipes (I love to read recipes and I love to cook when I saw this and thought I'd give it a try. It was fast, super easy and very delicious. I used one whole stalk of celery including the leaves, one whole lime (it was small and lemons aren't readily available where I live and fresh dill as my herb of choice. I also used whole grain spaghetti broken into 1/2" pieces in place of orzo. I used my own vegetable broth. This was a fantastic soup and was very satisfying during a bad cold. Not used to writing reviews but this one was well worth the time and I have to agree with Chelsea the lemon (lime is the key to the flavor in this soup. item not reviewed by moderator and published
so super easy to make!! was not as tasty as i thought it would be but i added in some more veggies & stewed tomatoes to add some more flavor :) I was hoping it would be better the first time but im still willing to try other vegetable soups :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic and easy. I used dried herbs (just eyeballed the proportions) and it turned out fine. Four serving sizes is perfect, especially when cooking for one person. I will definitely try adding more vegetables and possibly beans next time around. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I threw in cabbage and some of my own veggies and a few kidney beans and it tasted delicious. Definitely try this one item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG so yummy!!! I love making this soup, it's so super easy and so satisfying to eat. There's nothing like homemade soup, even if you're not sick. Different things i've tried is using a beef broth instead of chicken and using Ditalini pasta in place of Orzo. I think both versions are fantastic. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've never written an online review about anything before, but this soup was so fantastic that I absolutely had to comment! I made it for my husband and I for lunch today and said it was the best soup I've ever made. It really was surprisingly delicious. I tasted it before the lemon was added and after, and I have to say the lemon makes all the difference in this soup! I used vegetable broth (Meijer Organic) instead of chicken broth, and I used Homestyle Amish Noodles instead of egg noodles or orzo, which gave the soup a really homemade comforting flavor. I've already copied it into my recipe book and it is now going to become a staple in my home! item not reviewed by moderator and published
very nice soup item not reviewed by moderator and published
Called vegetable because the only chicken in the recipe is chicken broth, no meat. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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