Chicken Meatball & Orzo Hearty Soup

Chicken Meatball & Orzo Hearty Soup


Chicken Meatballs:

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tsp fresh minced dill weed
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1/2 large yellow onion diced
  • 2 medium carrots shredded
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • chicken meatballs
  • 4 cups of chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup of orzo
  • 1 tsp minced fresh dill weed


  1. Meatballs: In a mixing bowl, combine the meat, crushed garlic, bread crumbs, egg, minced dill weed, salt and pepper.
  2. Mix until all evenly incorporated. Divide it into small meatballs and leave on a trey while you saute the veggies.
  3. Preheat 2 tbs of oil in a soup pot, over medium heat. Add diced onion and shredded carrots.
  4. Raise the heat to medium-high and saute the veggies until they begin to caramelize. Stir often.
  5. When they are nicely golden, add the crushed garlic and lower the heat back to medium.
  6. Saute until garlic is fragrant then take the veggies out of the pot and set aside.
  7. Add the other 2 tbs of oil and the meatballs. Cook the meatballs until mostly done, turning them after the bottom becomes golden.
  8. (Great flavor comes for caramelized onions and chicken meatballs and it will all transfer into the soup. )
  9. Once the meatballs are almost cooked, add the veggies back into the pot and then add the chicken stock.
  10. Add the bay leaf, salt and pepper. Cook, covered, for about 15 minutes.
  11. Add orzo and dill weed and cook until orzo is done. (About 10 minutes but make sure to taste the orzo to check.)
  12. Take out the bay leaf and serve!
  13. Enjoy!!

Yields: 4

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