From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...My New Year's resolution this year was to lose weight. I actually did it and hit my goal weight this morning. Whether it was the result of dieting or the worry that accompanies major life style changes I'll never know, but I've been walking on air for most of the day. Soups like the one I'm featuring tonight have been one of my secret weapons. A bowl of this fabulous creation is just over 200 calories and everyone of them is delicious. As it happens, except for the most restricted food budgets, the soup is also a perfect choice for a Frugal Friday feature. It is simple to make and can be on the table in less than 30 minutes. Do try this one. It made my socks go up and down and I think you'll love it. Here is how this fast, fabulous, frugal, figure friendly soup is made.
Orzo Soup with Spinach and Peas...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Fine Cooking magazine
6 cups lower-salt chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 cup orzo
1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/4 cup coarsely grated yellow onion
1-1/2 oz. (1-1/2 cups) finely grated Parmesan cheese
3 cups baby spinach
1/2 cup frozen peas
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Freshly ground black pepper
1) Combine broth, orzo, oregano, and 1 teaspoon salt in a 3- to 4-quart pot. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Uncover, add onion, and reduce heat to medium. Simmer until orzo is just tender, about 2 to 3 minutes.
2) Remove from heat, and whisk in cheese until fully incorporated. Stir in spinach, peas, and lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings.
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