Cheesy Orzo Soup

Warm yourself with this Cheesy Orzo Soup and enjoy it early in the morning to savor that early morning quiet time.

Warm yourself with this Cheesy Orzo Soup and enjoy it early in the morning to savor that early morning quiet time.
Warm yourself with this Cheesy Orzo Soup and enjoy it early in the morning to savor that early morning quiet time.

I believe that life, in any phase or age, one has something to discover: big or small.  Last night, I was awaken at 2 AM. This seldom happens and when it does, I just love it; after all, the  English proverb said,  ” Night is the mother of counsel.”  During this rare moment,  I reflect and this is when plans and  dreams are made:   going to Ireland and trekking in my backpack in Paris, or having my own shack surrounded by flowers and bushes and blueberries; me becoming a farmer or me getting a body of a model…

I believe that life, in any phase or age, one has something to discover: big or small.


and then atrocious thoughts were entertained. I whine about my life…

” I am not good enough!, I should be doing this and I should be doing that. Wow, I am just a shitty mom, boy, how I wish I did not make that mistake… or gosh, I wish I am perfect.” I seek those things I currently don’t have. As fast as these negative thoughts came, I am shaken into a realization of how blessed I am. I reached beside me and there’s my husband who listens to me. My kids in the other room are healthy and they are growing to be a very kind and smart kids. I am sleeping in my comfortable bed. And I am healthy. That is enough. Enveloped in the quietness of the night and my thoughts, I discovered that life is about growing and learning to trek it peacefully and faithfully. I have to let go of  dissatisfaction and I have to be thankful.. I got down on my knees and I let God’s peace wrap me… and my heart is full of gratitude.
I don't think you should spend your life praying for things, but I do believe you should thank God for what He's given you... but I think the scripture teaches us that we can pray for our dreams, pray for the big things... he's not a small God; this God is incredible. Joel Osteen

Cheesy Orzo Soup
Cheesy Orzo Soup

And this Cheesy Orzo Soup … I know, the world does not need another soup recipe. But I cannot help myself. I just have to share.This Cheesy Orzo  Soup is heavy in carbs and so filling. It is simple in taste. Although soups are usually allocated during the winter, I insist on making this at the brink of fall.

 The heat is not that bad anymore in my part of the woods. It is so much cooler now at 5: 30 AM and way better at noon. I enjoy the mid day walks and the dawn’s cool breeze as I head to my early morning ( 5 AM, that is) to an ever excruciating spin class.

Cheesy Orzo Soup

Yup. When I came back from the Philippines I have embarked into a spin class in addition to yoga , running and Zumba. Spin class is just exercising on  a stationary bike; so painful and sweat inducing but I  just feel so much better after. I love it so much I have not missed class yet. After a class, my bellly is churning with hunger…so enters this soup.

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I make a batch of this wild rice soup and stock it in separate container and put  it in the fridge – to be eaten after my AM spin class. Warmed  in the microwave, enjoyed in the morning with just me and my soup bowl. I just love my carbs. Enjoy !

For more soup recipe: Chilled-Out Cucumber, Chili SoupSlow Cooked High Protein Lentil Soup with Bratwurst Sausage , Crock Pot Cheesy Broccoli Soup with Velveeta Cheese.

 

WEIGHT WATCHER’S POINTS :

Servings: 9 • Serving Size: • Old Points: 5• Points+:6 • Calories :221• Fat: 7.1 g • Protein: 6.1g • Carb:30.8 g • Fiber: 1.5g • Sugar: 3.3g • Sodium:564mg

Cheesy Orzo Soup

WEIGHT WATCHER'S POINTS :

Servings: 9 • Serving Size: • Old Points: 5• Points+:6 • Calories :221• Fat: 7.1 g • Protein: 6.1g • Carb:30.8 g • Fiber: 1.5g • Sugar: 3.3g • Sodium:564mg

Ingredients

  1. 5 bacon, ( optional - fried and drain )
  2. 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  3. 1 onion, chopped
  4. 2 10 3/4 oz cans cream of potato soup
  5. 1 1/2 cup orzo, cooked
  6. 1pint half-and-half
  7. 1 cup water ( add more if desired, I used 3 cups total in mine)
  8. Shredded American cheese ( optional but highly recommended)

Instructions

  • Combine potato soup, water and Orzo in a medium bowl. Set aside.In a mediun saucepan, over low heat, saute bacon until crispy and drain some oil -( If using bacon). If not, heat oil and add in onion and cook until tender. Add in the Orzo mixture and cook over low heat. Add in the half and half stirring ocassionally so as not to burn the orzo at the bottom of the pot. When the soup is sticky and boiling, the soup is done. Garnish with bacon or shredded cheese. Serve with bread.

Notes

If you add bacon and cheese it will be 301 calories. I tired the recipe with and w/o those and both were still delicious.

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