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5 Mediterranean comfort food recipes

By: Enrique Gili on March 1, 2011, 7:33 a.m.

Photo: Aneta_Gu/Shutterstock

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Chicken With Orzo Pasta

Here's a hearty soup for cold afternoons. The longer it simmers, the better it tastes.

Chicken With Orzo Pasta


  • 1 pound new winter potatoes, sliced
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 1 white onion, sliced
  • 2 pieces celery, cut lengthwise and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • Half rotisserie chicken, white and dark meat
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 quart vegetable stock
  • 8 ounces orzo
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper powder
  • 2 tablespoons cooking sherry

Time estimates

Prep time: 40 minutes

Total time: 1 hour 40 minutes


  1. Heat oil in large heavy-bottomed cooking pot. Sauté onions and celery. Stir until onions are tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Add dried oregano and parsley. Continue stirring until fragrant, about one minute.
  2. Add white wine, broth and water. Toss potatoes and carrots into pot. Bring contents to a boil over medium-high heat.
  3. Add pasta. Cook contents for about 12 minutes or until pasta is tender. Reduce heat.
  4. Place chicken, cooking sherry and mushrooms into pot. Add salt and red pepper. Simmer until ready to serve.

Serves four