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Pea and Carrot Soup with Rice

Pea and Carrot Soup with Rice


  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1/3 cup orzo

  • 1 cup white rice

  • 6 cups chicken stock, divided

  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • 4 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch cubes

  • 2 leeks, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise and thoroughly rinsed

  • Salt and pepper

  • 2 cups fresh or thawed frozen organic peas

  • 1 cup flat leaf parsley leaves

  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves

  • 1/4-1/3 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted

  • 1 large or 2 small cloves garlic, halved


In a medium size saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the orzo and toast until deep golden and fragrant. Stir in the rice, then add about 2 cups chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, adding a bit more stock if the rice begins to stick, until the rice is just tender, about 18 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a soup pot, heat 2 tablespoons EVOO over medium-high heat. Add the carrots and leeks; season with salt and pepper. Cook stirring, until softened, 6-7 minutes. Add the remaining stock and the fresh peas (if using frozen, stir in just before serving). Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer.

Using a food processor, mix the parsley, mint, cheese, pine nuts, garlic and about 1/4 cup EVOO into a pesto. Stream in more EVOO iuf needed. Stir the pesto into the rice pilaf.

Serve 1/2 cup of the prepared rice in each of four soup bowls. Top with the peas and carrots in broth. Stir to combine.