Fragrant Lemon Pepper Orzo Soup (Vegan)

Sometimes nature can’t handle the pressure.  Sometimes the sky explodes, pelting the earth with raindrops large enough to sting when they hit skin.  The black clouds march relentlessly on, a symphony of sizzles and bangs, muted by the cold, static-y wind.

Sometimes the most comforting thing to do is curl up in a fuzzy blanket with a bowl of spiced soup and watch the rain from inside.

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Lemon Pepper Orzo Soup


  • 1 cup yellow onion, thinly sliced on a mandoline (approximately 1 medium yellow onion)
  • 5 smallish cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots, thinly sliced on a mandoline
  • 1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash Lemon Pepper Seasoning Blend
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground dried fennel
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup orzo
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained


  1. Line a large soup pot with a thin layer of vegetable broth and heat over medium-high heat. Saute onions for five minutes, or until almost all the liquid has been absorbed. Add garlic and saute 60 seconds.
  2. Add all spices except rosemary and stir to combine. Add carrots, veggie broth, and rosemary and bring to a boil. Once boiling, fish out the rosemary and discard (this will keep it from breaking apart in the soup later).
  3. Zest the lemon and add zest to the soup pot. Add orzo and cook for 10-12 minutes, until orzo is tender.
  4. While orzo is cooking, heat the juice of half of the lemon over medium high heat in a small skillet. Add chickpeas and saute until all liquid is absorbed. Then saute an additional minute or two, until the chickpeas become slightly brown and crispy. Be careful not to burn.
  5. When the orzo has five minutes left, add chickpeas and stir to combine.
  6. Ladle soup into bowls and top with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Enjoy!


This recipe is a bit spicy from the lemon pepper seasoning. If you are sensitive to spice, use only 1/2 teaspoon of the seasoning.

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What’s your favorite cold or rainy weather soup?

4 thoughts on “Fragrant Lemon Pepper Orzo Soup (Vegan)

  1. This looks really lovely.

    • ThisVeganWhimsy

      Thanks Nicole!

  2. Rai

    this looks so yummy and comforting, soothing and filling – gonna have to make it on the morrow. thanks for sharing it – just looking at it makes me feel better!

    • ThisVeganWhimsy

      Let me know how it goes when you make it! This is really one of my favorite soups, and warms me up when I’m not feeling well.

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