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Recipe: Chicken-Less Chicken Soup

February 16, 2017

I’m not a big chicken person, and I never really have been. I’m not quite sure what it was about bland meat that’s never appealed to me, but I can tell you that it’s one of the few foods I still don’t love to eat. When I was little I would literally pick the chicken pieces out of my chicken soup before eating it.

I guess it makes sense then that whenever I make chicken soup from scratch, I leave the chicken out of it! Here’s my favorite chicken-less chicken soup recipe:

  • 64 fl oz of Swanson’s Chicken Broth (2 boxes)
  • 4 stocks of celery, chopped
  • 4 large carrots, chopped
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 2 large handfuls of raw spinach
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 a bag of dry orzo
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Dried oregano, dried basil (optional, for taste)
  • Salt and pepper (optional, for taste


Why Swanson’s Chicken Broth? Well, it’s all thanks to my great grandma. According to my mom, my great grandmother swore by the stuff, and as I’ve gotten older, so do I. She always cooked with it, as did my grandma and my mom. There’s something about Swanson’s chicken broth that reminds me of my childhood. It’s 100% natural, which makes me feel better about using it, and tastes great.

Okay, enough of me selling you on one of my favorite products. Here’s the recipe!

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  1. Roughly chop the celery, carrots, and onion. In a large pot, heat the olive oil and add the chopped vegetables. Cook until the veggies are slightly soft (about 5 minutes)
  2. Pour both boxes of Swanson’s Chicken Broth into the pot, mix with the vegetables and cover.
  3. When boiling, turn the heat down and add the orzo. Cook until soft. (About 8 minutes)
  4. Add the spinach, mix into the soup.
  5. Squeeze in the lemon. You can squeeze ahead of time, or do it my way and just juice it into the pot; watch out for seeds!
  6. Sprinkle in the oregano, basil, salt, and pepper, as desired.
  7. Turn down the heat, wait a few minutes before you consume.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

And that’s it! It’s one of the easiest dishes I make and it’s perfect for rainy days, when you’re feeling under the weather, or if you’re just in need of some warmth! Try it out and let me know what you think in the comments!

Xo, Willa


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