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Gluten Free Vegan Lemon Orzo Soup Recipe [oil-free]

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This Gluten Free Vegan Lemon Orzo Soup recipe is one of the best soups to make when you’re craving something deliciously comforting. Made with chickpeas for protein and a gluten free orzo simmered into a flavorful broth and filled with veggies, this is one recipe you do not want to miss! Be sure to keep this lemony recipe around when you’re feeling a bit under the weather, or for when you just want a soup with simple yet delicious flavors.

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Why you’ll love this Greek lemon orzo soup:

  • You can still have the flavors of this classic Greek soup on a gluten free and vegan diet, and even get a protein punch from the chickpeas!
  • This gluten free orzo nicely retains its texture for an easy and flavorful vegetable orzo soup recipe.
  • The lemony chickpea soup is so fresh and flavorful resulting in a light and bright soup that is totally refreshing!
bowl of vegan chickpea soup with lemon slices and tea towel

Is orzo gluten free?

Traditional orzo is a pasta made with wheat flour.  Many recipes substitute rice for orzo (and you can in this recipe too), but I don’t find it’s a close enough substitute to really satisfy!

Other recipes may sub cauliflower rice, which does add more vegetables, but again, in this recipe we’re going for a more traditional Greek orzo soup flavor.

In this vegetarian orzo soup recipe, we use an actual gluten-free orzo.

I used Jovial’s Cassava orzo, which actually makes this Greek orzo soup grain free!

Jovial Cassava Orzo in box with other ingredients in background

You can find Jovial’s Cassava orzo at Thrive Market here or Amazon here, but I haven’t seen it in my local grocery stores yet.

Learn more about gluten free orzo substitutes in this post.

Ingredients for gluten free orzo soup:

It only takes a few ingredients to make this soup with orzo and chickpeas–some which you likely already have on hand!

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Ingredients for lemon orzo soup vegetables, seasonings, broth chickpeas, gluten free orzo

To make this vegetable soup with orzo you’ll need:

How to make vegan orzo soup:

Making this soup is so simple and it takes less than 30 minutes!

First, saute onion and carrot until onions are translucent. You can use cooking spray or 1 tbsp of olive oil to do this, or a few tbsp of water if you are oil-free.

cooking carrots onion and other vegetables for vegetable soup with orzo

This only takes about 5 minutes.

Next you’ll add the garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper and saute for another minute until aromatic.

Then you’ll add the chickpeas and vegetable broth, heating until it comes to a boil.

Once it starts to boil, stir in the orzo and reduce the heat to medium-low.  Let it simmer until your orzo is done.  

pouring gluten free orzo into pot of soup on stove

Finally, take the soup off the heat and stir in the lemon juice and spinach until the spinach wilts.  Add salt & pepper to taste.

Adding spinach into lemon chickpea soup in pot

Make it Creamy

This step is optional, but if you want a creamy vegan lemon orzo soup recipe, do this!  While waiting for the soup to boil, take out about 2 cups of the soup and blend with an immersion blender for a few seconds until blended smooth, and then stir back into the main soup pot.

bowl of vegan chickpea soup with lemon slices and tea towel

What to serve with chickpea lemon soup

This soup really has everything you need in it for a perfectly balanced meal: plant based protein, complex carbohydrates, and vegetables.  

But if you want to add something to it, I recommend a green salad or an allergy friendly baguette like these from BFree. 

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How do you store chickpea orzo soup? 

This lemon orzo soup can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container and reheated the next day.  HOWEVER, the texture will change.  The cassava orzo will continue to absorb the liquid from the soup, so you will definitely need to add more liquid to reheat.  

Personally, I think this soup should be eaten the same day for best results.  

If you won’t eat the whole recipe, halve it.

bowl of vegan chickpea soup with lemon slices and tea towel

Gluten Free Vegan Lemon Orzo Soup

This lemon orzo soup is both gluten free and vegan but has all the classic flavors of a traditional Greek soup with additional protein from the chickpeas!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 servings
Calories 300 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 large pot
  • 1 immersion blender optional

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 6 cups vegetable broth (or water + bouillon)
  • 1 box gluten free orzo
  • 30 oz canned chickpeas (2-15oz cans) drained & rinsed
  • 2 lemons juiced
  • 2 handfuls fresh baby spinach

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot, sauté the onion and carrot in a few tablespoons of water (or 1 tbsp of olive oil if not oil-free) on medium high heat until onions are translucent.  This should take about 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper and sauté for 1 more minute.
  • Add the chickpeas and vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
  • If you want a creamier soup, while waiting for the soup to boil, take out about 2 cups of the soup and blend with an immersion blender for a few seconds until blended smooth, and then stir back into the main soup pot.
  • Once boiling, stir in the orzo and reduce the heat to medium-low.  Simmer for 14 minutes, or until your orzo is done. 
  • Remove the soup from the heat and stir in the lemon juice and spinach until the spinach wilts.  Add salt & pepper to taste.

Notes

note: nutrition information is provided as a courtesy, but may not accurately reflect the final nutrition composition of your final dish depending on ingredients, substitutions, and serving size.
 
see the full blog post above post for:
  • ingredient and equipment suggestions & substitutions,
  • troubleshooting tips, and
  • frequently asked questions
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