With most everyone in my office suffering from some sort of illness, I knew it was only a matter of time until I came down with whatever plague was circulating in the air above my cube. Sure enough, Monday night, I felt a familiar tickle in the back of my throat and now I’m dealing with full-blown sinus stuffies. 

While I’m trying to fight off whatever this is with the usual over-the-counter meds, lots of water, and a little more sleep, I’ve also turned to our sickness cure-all: C’s Garlic Orzo Soup. I know it may sound a little weird, but I promise, it’s good!

C first came up with this recipe last fall when his brother was fighting off a nasty sinus infection and since then, it has become our go-to soup whenever one of us starts to feel sick. We’ve adjusted the template below to suit our tastes, adding carrots and celery, and as of last night, chicken, but you can certainly throw in whatever you’d like (SPINACH! C says, for example). It really is designed to be flexible, allowing you to put in whatever will help make you feel better!

Enjoy, and let me know what customizations you make!

Mysterious Mr. C’s Garlic Orzo Soup

1 T. olive oil

1 onion, diced

1 14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes

2 large bulbs of garlic, peeled (C recommends getting pre-peeled garlic to make your life a little easier)

64 oz. low-sodium chicken broth

3 t. reduced sodium chicken stock base (we use “Better than Bouillon”)

1 t. Italian herb seasoning

½ c. uncooked orzo

salt and pepper to taste

1. Sauté diced onion in oil on medium heat until tender, approximately five minutes.

2. Add diced tomatoes, garlic, chicken broth, chicken base, and herb seasoning. Raise heat to bring soup to a boil and then reduce the temperature and allow soup to simmer for approximately 35-40 minutes, until garlic is soft.

3. Add orzo and bring soup to a boil. Let it boil until orzo is soft, about 7 minutes.

4. Remove soup from heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve!

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