Chicken and orzo soup


  • 3 pieces of bacon
  • 1 onion, small chop
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into small pieces
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup uncooked orzo
  • 1 15 oz can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 teaspoons rosemary, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 loaf rustic bread



  1. Place the bacon in a large soup pot over medium heat. Cook until crisp; remove from pan and set aside on a paper towel.
  2. Drain all but 1 tablespoon bacon fat. Add the onion and garlic; sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, stock, chicken and orzo. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  4. Add the white beans and rosemary. Remove the chicken and cut into small pieces. Add back to the soup. Garnish with bacon and season with salt and pepper.


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