Lemon Orzo Chicken Soup

  • 2-3 cups cooked shredded chicken OR 2 large cans
  • 32 oz chicken broth or stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 carrots, shredded or chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 small or ½ large sweet onion, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Zest of one lemon
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 cup orzo pasta
  • ½ tsp ground thyme
  • 1 tsp dried or 1 tbsp fresh rosemary
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
Place chicken, broth/stock, water, vegetables, lemon zest, and seasonings into large crock pot on low for 4-8 hours. An hour before serving, add lemon juice and orzo. If preparing a day ahead, cook orzo separately and add when serving because this pasta will expand significantly in the liquid. (Keep this in mind with leftovers as well.)
This soup will fill your house with maddeningly delicious aromas! Be warned!

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