One Pot Italian Orecchiette Soup

I made you some soup!

Some really awesome, super easy, look at the pretty colors!!, one pot soup.

It’s the best kind, dontcha think?

And have you missed me guys?  Because I’ve totally missed you!

Let’s grab some bread and dig in.

I’ve spent the better part of this week in San Francisco, hence I’m being a delinquent blogger and giving you my first post of the week on a Friday.  In my defense, it was a special someone’s birthday, and I was busy planning up a series of fabulous celebrations, so there’s that.  If you’re curious, I’ve been splashing my adventures all over here and here, so feel free to take a peek.  And below are some fun pics too, because sharing is caring.

Also caring?  This soup.  I’ve only made soup on here a few times, but that isn’t because I don’t love it.  Soups just tend to be a lot of work, ya know?  There’s so much stirring and staring and patience, I mean who has the time?

My schedule is quite full with things I should have gotten done yesterday.

But I figured if I could swing a soup in just one pot, I might as well give it a whirl.  And if it could be colorful and beautiful and as jam packed with stuff as I wanted it to be?  Even better.

I prepped this bad boy with a decidedly Tuscan vibe, throwing in two types of tomatoes, spinach, orecchiette, and loads of yummy seasoning.  I prefer my soups thick rather than thin, so add as much broth as you’d like to fit your tastes, just be sure to not use less than the directed 4 cups.  I also made the totally obvious move of incorporating cubed prosciutto here, because when do I pass up salty meat?  Never.

And clearly I sprinkled this with freshly grated parm reg, because hello!  Cheese be thy middle name.

EXCEPT…. I’m giving up cheese for lent.


I know.  I KNOW.  It’s like I enjoy setting myself up for failure.

But more on that next time – For now, go have some soup.

One Pot Italian Orecchiette Soup

Yield: 6 - 8 servings

Cook Time: 20 - 25 mins

Total Time: 25 mins


  • 12 oz Orecchiette Pasta
  • 4 cups Chicken Broth
  • 8 oz Baby Spinach
  • 15 oz Diced Tomatoes (in can)
  • 1 cup Diced Yellow Onion
  • 3/4 cup Julienne Sun-dried Tomatoes (dry, not in oil)
  • 4 oz Prosciutto
  • 6 cloves Diced Garlic
  • 2 tbsps Light Butter
  • 1 tsp Basil
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt & Coarse Black Peppercorn - approx.
  • Shredded Parmigiano Reggiano for topping (optional)
  • Italian or French bread for dipping (optional)


  • In large pot bring chicken broth to a boil, whisking in butter as you do.  Next, lower heat to medium-high before adding in all other ingredients, combining well.  Allow soup to brew uncovered until pasta is cooked, stirring occasionally while it simmers.  When ready, immediately plate and serve, topping with fresh parmigiano and pairing with bread if desired.

>> Nutrition facts are based on 6 servings and don't include cheese or bread.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 332 Fat: 5g Carbohydrates: 55g Protein: 16g


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31 Responses to “One Pot Italian Orecchiette Soup”

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    Sophia @ NY Foodgasm — March 7, 2014 @ 2:48 pm

    Looks really really good. Not too soupy, but definitely DELISH! Sucks going on a vacation as a blogger, I had to make my post in advance for my vacation last week and had no energy before I had to go back to work. Good job getting a post up!!


    • Christine replied: — March 10th, 2014 @ 10:04 am

      thanks Sophia! planning out recipes before vacation is definitely a challenge, but this dish was worth it lol


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    Rachel @LittleChefBigAppetite — March 7, 2014 @ 7:35 pm

    Well this looks amazing as always. Looks like you had a fab time in San Fran!


    • Christine replied: — March 10th, 2014 @ 10:05 am

      thanks Rachel!


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    Alyssa @ My Sequined Life — March 8, 2014 @ 1:58 am

    YUM. Sometimes I’m picky with my pasta shapes, but orecchiette is a one of my faves. This soup looks fab!

    …and what is this about giving up cheese for Lent!?!? The horror! I haven’t actually decided what I’m giving up yet…no matter that we’re already a few days in. My go-to is giving up soda, but I’ve been soda-free since December so that’s not going to work. Sigh.


    • Christine replied: — March 10th, 2014 @ 10:24 am

      lol I get picky with my pasta shapes too Alyssa! orecchiette is either love it or leave it for me, but I just felt it’d be perfect for this :)

      and omg I KNOW. giving up cheese is seriously challenging me right now!!


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    Jess — March 8, 2014 @ 3:28 am

    This looks delicious- love rich, Italian soups. :)


    • Christine replied: — March 10th, 2014 @ 10:31 am

      thanks Jess!


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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs — March 8, 2014 @ 2:59 pm

    Hope you had the most wonderful time in San Francisco Christine! I definitely missed you and your funny posts!
    This soup looks amazing! Anything with spinach and cheese is right up my alley! xx


    • Christine replied: — March 10th, 2014 @ 10:40 am

      aww thanks Consuelo, you’re always so sweet!!


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    Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron — March 9, 2014 @ 5:50 pm

    One pot is definitely the best and this soup is totally calling my name! (It snowed again last night! :( ) Also you and your guy are such a good looking couple! My husband is in San Francisco right now for business and says he’s loving it! Beautiful photos!


    • Christine replied: — March 10th, 2014 @ 10:50 am

      thanks so much Chelsea, you are too sweet! maybe next time you and the baby can go with him to SF – it’s a really family friendly city and you will definitely love all the tasty food :)


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    Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! — March 9, 2014 @ 9:03 pm

    This soup has my name written all over it. It looks beyond amazing… so glad you had a great time in San Fran – so jealous :)


    • Christine replied: — March 10th, 2014 @ 10:56 am

      thanks Kathi! yes SF was so fun, can’t wait to go back!


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    Natalie @ Tastes Lovely — March 10, 2014 @ 11:48 am

    This soup sounds delicious! Hope you had a great time in SF!


    • Christine replied: — March 10th, 2014 @ 9:23 pm

      thanks Natalie! ugh SF is such a good food scene! if you haven’t been to Coqueta yet you MUST go, so so relish :)


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    Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods — March 10, 2014 @ 2:10 pm

    I love orecchiette pasta. It is the perfect shape for holding broth or sauce. You can’t beat a one pot meal. I’m loving this!


    • Christine replied: — March 10th, 2014 @ 9:25 pm

      honestly Cindy I didn’t even think of that when I decided to use it, but yes! lol orecchiette cupped the broth perfectly :)


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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — March 10, 2014 @ 2:32 pm

    OMG! I’m loving all of these flavors! And I adore SF! It’s seriously the best!


    • Christine replied: — March 10th, 2014 @ 9:26 pm

      thanks Lauren! yes SF was sooo yummy, gained like 10lbs girrrl! lol


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    Melanie @ Carmel Moments — March 10, 2014 @ 3:29 pm

    Oh yum! Reminds me of the tortellini soup I have cooking up in the kitchen right now. Looks like the whole family would enjoy this one!


    • Christine replied: — March 10th, 2014 @ 9:26 pm

      100% perfect for an easy family dinner! thanks Mel :)


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    Chris @ Shared Appetite — March 11, 2014 @ 2:52 pm

    Haha oh man no cheese for lent! Good luck with that one :) And this soup looks super awesome… bonus points for salty meat and one pot. Did you go anywhere special to eat in San Fran worth noting? My wife and I just went last summer and ate at some ridiculously awesome places!


    • Christine replied: — March 12th, 2014 @ 2:33 pm

      I know the suffering has already set in! We went to Mijita at the Ferry Building for casual mexican, then did nice dinners at Foreign Cinema and Coqueta, both of which were amazing! the food there is so so good, def need to go back :)


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    Jess | the Jess Journals — April 2, 2014 @ 6:17 pm

    This looks so good! Unfortunately I am allergic to tomatoes…do you have any suggestions on how to alter this to either reduce the amount of tomatoes or a way to remove them from the recipe without totally destroying the integrity of the soup??


    • Christine replied: — April 3rd, 2014 @ 11:35 am

      the diced tomatoes are incorporated into this recipe with the sauce they’re canned in, so first things first – Use more chicken broth! as a tomato substitute, I’d say artichokes or diced zucchini/eggplant would be great additions! If you use canned artichokes, then no need to double down on the chicken broth, just toss em’ in! and you could also add in some kidney or cannellini beans too :) good luck!


      • Jess | the Jess Journals replied: — April 3rd, 2014 @ 12:03 pm

        Thank you so much! All those suggestions sound amazing!! Can’t wait to try it out!

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    Karen — May 22, 2014 @ 4:39 pm

    This soup looks fabulous! Must try this weekend. Thank you.


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    Karen — May 24, 2014 @ 7:34 pm

    It is fabulous!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing this super delish and easy recipe.


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    Peggy — June 5, 2014 @ 4:40 pm

    We’ll be having this for dinner tonight.


    • Christine replied: — June 6th, 2014 @ 4:08 pm

      that’s great Peggy, I hope you loved it!


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