Panera Bread(™) Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Today I have a secret recipe for a healthy and fresh soup served at Panera Bread.  This is Panera’s take on the classic Greek lemon chicken orzo soup.  This soup is bursting with bright lemony flavors and tender orzo pasta.  Enjoy this for lunch or dinner.  This soup also freezes well.

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Panera Bread(™) Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
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In a large pot add:

1 Tbs butter
1 large onion diced
2 medium carrots cut into rounds or dice
2 stalks of celery cut into half moons
3 garlic cloves minced

Cover pan and allow to sweat, do not caramelize. (About 15 minutes over medium heat.)


8 cups chicken broth
juice and zest of 1.5 lemons

Bring to a simmer and add:

1 handful chopped Italian parsley
1/4 cup orzo pasta
1 large chicken breast (cooked) shredded or diced into bit size pieces
Better Than Bouillon (add 1 – 2 T.) carefully – can be quite strong after it boils.

Once the orzo has cooked, turn off heat and add:

1 cup baby spinach leaves

Stir well. Adjust seasonings with lemon, salt and pepper.

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2 thoughts on “Panera Bread(™) Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

  1. Germán Clavijo says:

    Too complicated for a simple chicken soup. What do all those exótic ingredients really add to the final product? Does it pay the effort? I think it doesn’t.

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