Vegetable Orzo Soup
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 15 minutes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Adore this delicious vegetarian soup - you\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'re going to freeze the veggies and base of the meal, and then add the orzo pasta at the time of cooking. Enjoy!

Ingredients for Single Meal

  • 1 - Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 - small white onion(s)
  • 4 - whole carrots
  • 1 - small zucchini
  • 1 - medium red bell pepper(s)
  • 1 - tsp minced garlic
  • 1 - 15 oz. can(s) kidney beans
  • 4 - cup(s) vegetable stock
  • 1 - Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 - tsp dried thyme
  • - Salt and pepper
  • 1 - cup(s) orzo pasta**
  • Garnish: - shredded Parmesan cheese**
  • Side: - salad**
  • 1 - gallon-size freezer baggie(s)
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Cooking Directions for Single Meal

  1. Chop the white onion. Peel and chop the carrots. Dice the zucchini. Seed and chop the red bell pepper.
  2. Open and drain the can of red kidney beans.
  3. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil and saute the chopped onion and carrots. Mix in the diced zucchini, chopped red bell peppers, minced garlic and then pour in the beans and the vegetable stock. Bring to bubbling, then reduce heat and stir in the Italian seasoning and orzo. Let simmer for 8 minutes, or until orzo is softened. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Remove from heat immediately to keep orzo from overcooking.
  5. Prepare salad.
  6. Serve Vegetable Orzo Soup with Parmesan garnish, and a side salad.

Freezeasy Meal Prep Directions

  1. Chop 2 white onions. Peel and chop 8 whole carrots. Dice 2 zucchini. Seed and chop 2 red bell peppers.
  2. Open and drain 2 cans of red kidney beans.

To each gallon-size plastic freezer baggie, add the following ingredients:

  • Half of the chopped onion
  • Half of the chopped carrots
  • Half of the diced zucchini
  • Half of the chopped red bell peppers
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 - 15 oz. can red kidney beans, drained
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • Do NOT add orzo to freezer meal bag.

Remove as much air as possible and seal. Add label to baggie and freeze.

Freeze & Thaw Instructions

Put baggie in the freezer and freeze up to 6 months in fridge freezer or 12 months in a deep freezer. Thaw in the fridge overnight, or a warm bowl of water for about 20 minutes, before transferring all of the contents of the baggie into large saucepan or Dutch oven. Bring to bubbling and then add the orzo and cook for 8 minutes. Remove from heat immediately.

Dairy-Free Modifications

Recipe is dairy-free when served without the Parmesan cheese garnish.

Gluten-Free Modifications

Recipe is gluten-free when served with gluten-free small shell pasta.

Printable Label Recipe Title

Vegetable Orzo Soup

Printable Label Instructions

Thaw and add contents of baggie to large saucepan or Dutch oven. Bring to bubbling and then add the orzo and cook for 8 minutes. Remove from heat immediately. Season with salt and pepper and add Parmesan cheese garnish.
Serve with side salad.

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