Chicken and Turkey Bacon Orzo Soup (prep time 10 min, cook time 35 min, makes 8 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 7 slices turkey bacon
  • 3 cups yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups celery, diced
  • 2 cups carrots, diced
  • 1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 7 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade
  • 1 cup orzo
  • chopped fresh parsley to taste

Preparations:

  1. Cook the turkey bacon and get rid of the dripping. Set bacon aside.
  2. Add the onions, garlic, celery, and carrots to the pan with a pinch of salt. Cook the vegetables on medium heat for several minutes.
  3. Lay the chicken breast on top of the vegetables and cover with the chicken stock. Bring the liquid to a boil, cover and reduce the heat to low. Allow the soup to simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the chicken and place on a cutting board. Once it has cooled slightly, use 2 forks to shred the meat. Set aside.
  4. Bring the soup to a boil and add the orzo. Cook for 8 minutes, uncovered, until the orzo is al dente.
  5. Add the chicken back to the soup and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Dice the reserved turkey bacon. Garnish each bowl with fresh parsley and diced bacon before serving.