Greek Spinach Soup with Orzo – Recipe

This is a lively, lemony soup that comes together quickly, and makes a delightful supper for a warm Spring evening, served with pita bread. When it comes to immune-enhancing nutrition, lutein-rich spinach hits the jackpot. According to Lisa Turner, author of “Meals that Heal”, a half cup of cooked spinach a day cuts the risk of lung cancer in half, even among smokers. Spinach also lowers cholesterol levels, reduces the risk of macular degeneration and protects overall eye health.

Popeye was right!


1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped onion or sliced leek
1 large red bell pepper, diced
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
¾ cup orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
5 cups vegetable stock, or water with 1 bouillon cube
1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes, with their juice
6 to 6 ounces fresh spinach, washed, stemmed, and chopped
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley or dill, or a combination, or more to taste
Juice of 1 lemon
Lemon-pepper and salt to taste

1. Heat the oil in a soup pot. Add the onion or leek and saute over medium heat until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the red pepper and garlic and saute the vegetables for another 5 to 8 minutes, or until the onion or leek turns golden and the red pepper softens.

2. In the meantime, cook the orzo in a separate saucepan until al dente. When done, drain.

3. Add the stock or water and the tomatoes to the soup pot. Bring to a simmer, then simmer steadily, covered, for 10 minutes.

4. Add the cooked orzo to the soup along with the spinach and the herbs. Stir in the lemon juice, then season to taste with lemon-pepper and salt. Serve at once.

Serves 6-8.

Adapted from “Vegetarian Soups for All Seasons” by Nava Atlas (Little, Brown and Company, 1996). Copyright (c) 1996 by Nava Atlas. Reprinted by permission of the author.
Adapted from “Vegetarian Soups for All Seasons” by Nava Atlas (Little, Brown and Company, 1996).


Sonia Minwer Barakat Requ

Good recipe,thanks for sharing

Shailja Mukhtyar
Shailja Mukhtyar3 years ago

love spinach- full of b6/b12/bcomplex/ iron/ vit C!!

Barbara D.
Past Member 3 years ago

Will always try any spinach recipe!

Heather Holland
Heather Holland3 years ago


Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra3 years ago

Thank you Annie, For Sharing this!

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you :)

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