This super food orzo soup with kale, chicken, garlic and more is perfect to chase away that winter cold or just give yourself a boost! Not only is it full of everything that helps you beat a cold, it’s also seriously delicious, even the kids will eat it!
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We were so fortunate on our five-week-long vacation that we only caught a bad cold literally the last day of it! How on earth that happened I don’t know, but I suspect it was my militant hand washing regime that I enforced on the kids plus a pack of hand wipes in my backpack at all times. I knew the not-getting-sick honeymoon was over, however, when we were standing in line at Roger Rabbit and had a family of six literally coughing on our backs. Oh you guys, I wanted to bathe in hand sanitizer. A small, dark enclosed line up and a whole family just filling the air….I’m a not a germaphobe, but that just made me literally shiver in squeamishness.
And sick we did get. Horrible sore throats, runny noses, aches. Blech. We most certainly had our flu shots this year, there was no way we were travelling all over the place without it. So most likely we just picked up a cold – or because we had our shots, a milder flu which I suspect since Mike was achy and feverish one night- but we came home sick, sick, sick!
So sick the kids spent another three days at home recuperating instead of going back to school.
During that time, no matter how sick I was, I was so happy to get back into my kitchen. The first thing on my list was a cold butt kicking, nutritional powerhouse soup.
Orzo Soup Ingredients
- Onions and garlic – Allium superfoods. Garlic has allicin, a powerful antioxidant.
- Carrots and sweet potatoes: beta-carotene that our body converts into vitamin A, which is essential for maintaining a strong immune system.
- Mushrooms: immune-boosting antioxidants, along with potassium, B vitamins, and fiber.
- Chicken – we need protein to build antibodies and fight infection in the body
- Kale- Vitamin K, C and A and so much more that I can’t list all the benefits here.
- I added orzo to get some carbohydrates into the soup, something else our body needs while fighting a cold. So this is a one bowl meal for colds.
How to Make Orzo Soup
This is literally the easiest soup ever!
- Place all of the ingredients into your slow cooker except for the cooked chicken, kale and the orzo.
- Cook for 4-5 hours on low or 7-8 on high.
- Add in the orzo and cook for another hour.
- Add in the chicken and the kale, let the chicken heat up and the kale wilt, then serve!
It was also absolutely delicious and I would make this again and again, especially during cold season, to keep your immunity boosted. Not only that, it’s great for work and school lunches!
So how has everyone been this cold/flu season? Did you get your shots this year and are they keeping the flu at bay?
Happy cooking! Let me know if you make this one and what you think!
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“Kick Your Cold’s Butt” Kale & Chicken Orzo Soup
- Prep Time
- 15 minutes
- Cook Time
- 8 hours
- Total Time
- 8 hours 15 minutes
- Karlynn Johnston
- 6 cups vegetable stock
- 1/2 large sweet potato diced
- 3 carrots chopped
- 1 onion chopped finely
- 3 cloves garlic sliced
- 1 cup mushrooms of choice
- 2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast
- 3/4 cup orzo
- 1 cup kale washed and trimmed
- Place the first six ingredients into a crock pot.
- Cook on low for 8-10 hours. You can either cook the orzo according to the package instructions and add to the crock pot OR place uncooked orzo into the crock pot one hour before serving and cook for one hour.
- Add in the kale and the cooked chicken ten minutes before serving, cover the crock pot again and let it cook until wilted and soft. Serve and enjoy!
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.