Easy Italian Orzo and White Bean Soup

Easy Italian Orzo and White Bean Soup

It’s time for another soup! The easiest, peasiest, cheesiest soup in the land.

OK, maybe not the cheesiest. That would probably be this one. Today’s soup is actually vegan… with an optional dumping of parmesan cheese.

Easy Italian Orzo and White Bean Soup

I know we’re in Thanksgiving planning mode, and this is not a Thanksgiving soup. That doesn’t make it any less perfect for this time of year, though, because it is a quick and easy pantry soup – perfect for making a big batch of when your next few evenings are going to be filled with holiday prep, or even for throwing together when your family gets into town and you realize that they will be here for days, but you have only planned a single meal.

So yes, my family will probably be seeing this soup next week.

Easy Italian Orzo and White Bean Soup

The instructions for this soup contain my favorite recipe phrase ever: “Add all remaining ingredients.” I do so love that phrase, and it always jumps out at me when I’m scanning a recipe because it signals EASY. No fussing. Just dump everything in and you’re almost done! You can move on to washing dishes, setting the table, or entertaining your mother-in-law.

Despite the unglamorous ingredients (um, several of them come out of a can), this soup is super flavorful, warming, and comforting. It tastes familiar, and I’m pretty sure every mother has an easy weeknight soup like this in her arsenal. Now you have yours!

Easy Italian Orzo and White Bean Soup

You probably have most of the ingredients for this soup in your pantry right now. Exceptions include spinach (I love using bagged, pre-washed spinach) and orzo. You can find orzo in the pasta aisle at the grocery store, possibly with the fancy kinds. If you don’t have any, feel free to substitute another small pasta – I’m thinking macaroni elbows would work great.

This is a perfect pre-holiday soup or anytime weekday soup. Stock up on a bag of orzo so you can make it next time you need a quick and easy meal!

Easy Italian Orzo and White Bean Soup

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Yields: 8-10 servings
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and sliced into thin coins
  • 2 stalks celery, trimmed and sliced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 14-oz can diced tomatoes (no salt added or low-sodium if possible)
  • 1 14-oz can cannellini beans
  • 16 oz fresh spinach leaves
  • 8 oz orzo
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • kosher salt to taste (I used 1 tsp)
  • grated parmesan cheese, for serving
  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add onions, carrot and celery and saute until onion is softened. Add garlic and saute for another minute. Add remaining ingredients, cover, and simmer until orzo is cooked through, 8-10 minutes. (It's OK if you can only fit half the spinach at first. Simply add the remainder once the first half has cooked down.)
  2. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary. Serve with parmesan cheese for sprinkling.
Adapted from Eclectic Recipes.


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  1. Marcia says

    MMMM – spinach, orzo, carrots, and cannellini beans…some of my favorite ingredients. So nice to see them having a party in a bowl! Luckily, I found my invitation!

    Thanks so much Erica. I really enjoy your recipes

  2. Mom says

    I love meals like this! 30 min max from the time you get home to the time IOU are sipping hot soup! I won’t mind at all if you serve this next week!

  3. Trish says

    Love everything that is in this soup, but it is very bland. Next time I will omit the water. You don’t need 8 cups of broth and 8 cups of water. Added a can of rotel hoping to get more flavor and that wasn’t enough. Will give it another try as soon as I can get rid of what I have, it makes a huge pot of soup.

  4. Tracey says

    Totally agree with Trish. I added the 8 cups of broth, started adding water and got to 4 cups and thought “this doesn’t look good!” I’m glad I stopped at 4 cups of water. I’ll make it again, but will go with the 8 cups of broth and add liquid if it needs it. I had to cook it down for over an hour to cook off some of the liquid and also added lots more spices to liven it up. It ended up being really good, but not fast! Stop with the broth and see what happens from there.


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