Nov 10, 2009

Spinach Stracciatella Soup with Orzo




Stracciatella soup is an Italian classic soup I like to make with orzo to make a complete meal. This is perfect served with a good crusty bread or garlic bread. Use a good parmesan cheese like Parmigiano Reggiano for the best results. A simple weeknight meal that takes less than 20 minutes to make.

Spinach Stracciatella Soup with Orzo
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 6 • Serving Size: 1 cup Calories: 126 Old Points: 3 Points+: 3
Calories: 113.4 • Fat: 4.4 gCarb: 9.4 g • Fiber: 0.5 g  Protein: 7.9 g

  • 6 cups fat free chicken broth
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 9 oz baby spinach
  • 4 oz uncooked orzo
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Bring 5 cups chicken broth to a boil. In a medium bowl, combine remaining cup of cold chicken broth with eggs, cheese and parsley and whisk well. Whisk into boiling pot and cook 3-4 minutes on low. Add orzo and cook according to package directions. When pasta is done, add the baby spinach and mix until it welts. Remove from heat, add salt (if needed) and pepper to taste. Ladle into bowls and top with additional grated cheese.

53 comments :

  1. Gina. This looks so delicious. I can't wait to make it for dinner tomorrow night. I hope all turned out well with those stolen recipes.

    Eric

    Website: http://www.ericlovelin.com
    Twitter: ericlovelin

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  2. Looks delicious...a lot the soup at Macaroni Grill! Yummy...

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  3. @ Eric - somewhat. They added a link way at the bottom, but no email or apology. Thanks for asking.

    @ Carrie - really? That's funny, I've never been at the macaroni grill. Makes sense though since it's an Italian soup.

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  4. Gina, I love your recipes. One comment: when I print, I end up printing pages of comments and I really only want the recipe. Is there a way to do this? thanks for all your work to give us low point foods that are yummy! Maggie

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  5. aww my grandma use to make this for me. :) Im gonna have to make it soon! :) thanks for sharing!

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  6. Gina,

    I've been meainig to thank you for all your yummy and healthy, low-fat recipes. I've lost 15 pounds, in large part to your site. My skinny friends love your pumpkin cheesecake and demand your apple crisp when they visit. I've made so many of your dishes that I know them by heart.

    Cheers to you!

    Colleen

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  7. Sorry for the typo.

    PS: I sent your link to my Mom in Florida (she's 79 and has been on a diet since the 70s). She, too, swears by your recipes.

    -Colleen
    Pittsburgh, PA

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  8. hi! i actually just found your site today and am very, very excited about making some of your recipes! but i have a dumb (read: newbie) question. i've ordered a food scale with ounces but, 'til it arrives, wondered if you could take a stab at how much (ish) 4 oz of orzo is in terms of cups or tablespoons.

    and sorry; i know this is kind of an annoying question, but this soup looks great and i don't want to wait for my scale to ship to make it!

    thanks so much and i look forward to making your recipes as i (and weight watchers) work towards a skinnier, healthier me!

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  9. Hi Katie, No problem, 4 oz of orzo is 2/3 of a cup. Good luck with your weight loss!!

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  10. @ anonymous- Maybe when you print, tell it to print page one only. This way you don't print extra pages. Sorry for the problem!

    @ TJ- You're welcome!

    @ Colleen - That's great to hear about your weight loss and happy your skinny friends like the pie and crisp!! Thanks for leaving a comment and sharing with Mom in Florida!

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  11. I've never ever tried orzo!! This soup looks great though!

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  12. Gina! I love your site. I find myself checking your site more frequently throughout the week hoping to see new recipes. I just want to thank-you for your awesome site. My family loves the recipes and I refer my friends here too. Thanks!!!!

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  13. Sounds great. I love soups this time of year, they are such a great comfort food.

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  14. I'm trying this soup tonight. Will report back in the morning with details!

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  15. The soup was AMAZING! I had leftover for lunch just now. It's creamy and brothy and tastes like comfort food - I can't believe it's good for you. I love your recipes, Gina! Keep 'em coming.

    p.s. one question: Should you bring the broth back up to a boil after you add the orzo? I did, and it turned out fine, but I just want to make sure I'm doing it right.

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  16. Glad you all like it, this soup has always been a favorite. It's often made without pasta which would be great if your not eating carbs or if you are on a gluten free diet. Just add another egg. The Parmesan cheese gives it such great flavor.

    @Mindy- yes, bring back to a boil when you add the orzo like you normally would cook pasta. You could also use pastina.

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  17. This is my first time leaving comments at your site. But, this is not my first time visiting your site. I found your site is fantastic and with the delicious recipes and always new. Maybe not so new, but, you know how to make innovation so it become WOWW!! Maybe we can exchange link? Already Stumble upon it.

    Baba,
    Website: How to Lose Weight

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  18. I just tried making this soup tonight and it was a disaster. Not anything wrong with the soup (just the chef =O) ), but after I put everything in and cooked it on low for 3-4 min, i added the orzo and stepped away for about 2 minutes, when i came back I had burnt everything. The cheese and orzo burned on the bottom of the pot when I turned the heat up to boil the orzo. I ended up having to throw everything away. Are you supposed to keep stirring, or did I do something wrong???

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  19. Hmm, you stumped me Ashley. Did you stit the orzo after you put it in? It's pasta so if you don't stir it, like any pasta, it will stick together. Sounds like that may have happened. Sorry it got ruined!

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  20. It should be delicious from the illustration. Moreover, it is healthy from the ingredients that you use to cook this dishes.

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  21. Gina, first congrats on your new little one. 1st time posting & have to tell you this soup is now a staple in my home. It's so easy to make & absolutely delicious. Keep up the good work!

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  22. I made this for dinner tonight - it was yummy! Mine wasn't as pretty as yours since I used a Rotisserie chicken broth I found at the grocery - but it was so good. My husband said, "Soup again?" :o( I love soup and make it once a week. I asked him if he totally hated it and he said, "No, it is actually pretty tasty." So, good news!

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  23. LOL, it's not always easy to please everyone. In my house for instance, I'm always experimenting. Trust me, there have been failed dinners, I just never post them, but we still eat them.

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  24. Hi Gina.I love your site! Your recipes make it so much easier to stay on WW and my husband even says he likes the recipes.
    Question- Would this soup come out ok if I used egg substitute instead of the eggs?
    Thanks, Jena

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  25. @Jena, I'm not sure, I haven't tried it with egg substitute, but give it a shot!

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  26. When I want to print off these wonderful recipes, I highlight and copy, then paste into a word document. That way I only get the recipe. Or you can highlight the text/pic you want, then right click, print, and in the print box choose the option to print selected text only. Good Luck!

    Gina - I ADORE your recipes!!! Thank you sooo much for taking the time to share them with the rest of us.

    PS - I always include your "Ginas Weight Watchers Recipes" in my print out so I know where I got them and can share your wonderful website with others.

    Thanks again!!

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  27. I found your website today after someone recommended you in an Allrecipes.com discussion forum. Your recipes look great, and although I'm not currently doing WW, they are sensible, healthy, delicious looking meals. I will totally be going through all of your archives!

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  28. @valentinegirl - Oh that's great! I didn't know Allrecipes had a discussion forum. Welcome!

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  29. WOW! Gina your awesome! Great soup dish. I've already lost weight on WW and will continue to prepare your wonderful dishes for my family! Thanks for a WONDERFUL website :)

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  30. Excellent! Glad you liked it!!

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  31. This is amazing! I just made it and can't wait to bring it in to my WW friends for lunch tomorrow!

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  32. Gina - Your recipies are all SO good! I made this one the other night though, and I was worried I had ruined it, because the egg scrambled a little when I mixed it into the pot of boiling stock. Is that the way it is supposed to turn out, or would it be better to temper the eggs first and then add the tempered egg mixture to the boiling pot?

    Thanks, Pattie

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  33. Thanks Val!

    Hey Pattie, no that's correct, will look a little like eggdrop soup.

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  34. Hi Gina! I made this soup over the weekend and loved it! Do you know how many points plus this would be per serving?? Only the calories is listed above. Thanks!

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  35. I just made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! I added a little bit of fresh lemon juice at the end and I think it really enhanced the flavor of all of the ingredients. I will definitely be making this again. Thanks for all of your amazing recipes!

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  36. Soup is a comfort food for me....and with it being a damp, chilly fall day & was craving a healthy soup option to make. Had all the ingredients on hand. This soup came together quickly! You have no idea just how much 9oz of spinach is until you weigh it out! Flavorful bowl of goodness....thanks again Gina for all you do!

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  37. I was looking for a soup that was quick and easy. I had all the ingredients for this recipe already. It came together so quickly and it exceeded my expectations. I'll definitely be making this many more times when I want something quick, easy, and delicious!
    Side Note: I used regular grated Parmesan/Romano grated cheese because it's what I had on had. However, next time I will get a Parmiggiano Reggiano block (as suggested) and finely grate it myself (texture came out a tad grainy with the pre-grated stuff, but definitely did not take away from the taste).

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  38. Very Good! Just made this tonight :) Will make again.

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  39. What a wonderful soup for lent. Hubby and I just had for lunch...YUM!

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  40. After having to go to 3 markets to find orzo in stock (who would have thought it would be so hard to find?) I finally made this. I only made half of the recipe - I always like to make a smaller amount to test out in case we don't like it (which really hasn't happened on this site). Hubby was disspointed when he went back to the pot for more and there was none. So I will defintiely make it again. So easy and tasty.

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  41. SOOOOO good. The only thing I would change is add a little more broth. I made it because I had a cold the other day and I was really lookin forward to sip the broth but there wasn't much :( I added a can of chickpeas (with the liquid) too, Regardless it was awesome. Quick, easy and cheap.

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  42. Made this tonight. So delicious! One of my few go to favorites!

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  43. This is our 4 year old's favorite dinner. He begs for this soup all year long. We use so many of your recipes with spinach that he often tells people, "I love spinach!" Thank you for making healthy and delicious recipes!

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  44. This sounds so delicious and I really want to try it, but I'm wondering if it's possible to make/would turn out alright if I just used the egg whites and not the whole eggs? Anything to keep the cholesterol level down :)

    Thank you!

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  45. I am making this today, however I noticed that you have two calorie counts for it: 126 and 113.4. Which one is right?

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  46. We had this for dinner last night and loved it. I wasn't sure it would be filling enough, but it really was!

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  47. We had this for dinner last night and loved it. I wasn't sure it would be filling enough, but it really was!

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  48. Want to make this tonight. I don't have Orzo. Would brown rice or quinoa be a good substitute?

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  49. Can't wait to try this soup. Love it in restaurants and decided to try and make it myself. Do you think that this would freeze well? I live alone and like to be able to freeze food for future use.

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  50. Do you cook the orzo in the soup?

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  51. Gina, does this soup freeze well?

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