Beef Orzo Soup

Total Time
20 min
5 min
15 min
To save time, buy the mushrooms already sliced in a package.


uncooked onion(s)

1 medium, chopped

uncooked lean ground beef

¾ pound(s), (5% or less fat)

cremini mushroom(s)

3 cup(s), thinly sliced fresh or white mushrooms

dried thyme

1½ tsp

dried sage

1 tsp, rubbed

canned beef broth

4 cup(s), low sodium

uncooked orzo

¾ cup(s)

uncooked Swiss chard

11 oz, (1 bunch) stemmed and chopped

table salt

½ tsp

black pepper

tsp, freshly ground


  1. Spray a large nonstick saucepan with nonstick spray and set over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until translucent, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the ground beef and cook, breaking it apart with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the thyme and sage; cook until fragrant, about 20 seconds. Add the broth, stirring to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Stir in the orzo, Swiss chard, salt, and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, and simmer, covered, about 8 minutes. Yields 1 1/2 cups per serving.

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