Orzo-Spinach Soup

My husband loves this recipe. It has the meat, veggies, and pasta. A complete meal.

Orzo-Spinach Soup

2 T olive oil
1 small white onion, peeled and diced
1 cup diced carrots
1 cup diced celery
3 cloves garlic, minced
kielbasa (cut in 1/4 inch slices) I usually use 1/2 of the roll.
6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 can diced tomatoes
1 cup orzo pasta
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp dried oregano
2 cups frozen spinach

Heat oil in large stockpot of medium-high heat.  Add onion and kielbasa and saute for 4 minutes. Add carrots, celery and garlic and saute for an additional 3 minutes.  Add chicken stock, tomatoes, spinach and spices.  (I cook orzo separate as it soaks up too much of the chicken broth).  Then I add it at this point.  Bring soup to a simmer stirring occasionally.  Simmer for 15 minutes.

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