Creamy Mushroom & Orzo Soup with Lemon & Parmesan


This creamy mushroom soup is filled with hearty orzo and plenty of veggies. The sherry, thyme and lemon boost and brighten the flavor, while sour cream thickens the broth and gives it extra tanginess.

Active Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 cups chopped onion

  • 1 cup chopped celery

  • 1 cup chopped carrot

  • 10 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided

  • ¾ teaspoon ground pepper, divided

  • 3 tablespoons dry sherry or cider vinegar

  • 4 cups low-sodium no-chicken or vegetable broth

  • cup orzo, preferably whole-wheat

  • cup sour cream

  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 6 tablespoons shaved Parmesan cheese


  1. Heat butter and oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery and carrot; cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are soft, 3 to 5 minutes. Add mushrooms, garlic, thyme and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add sherry and cook, stirring constantly, until all the liquid evaporates, about 1 minute. Add broth and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in orzo. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer; cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the orzo is tender, about 8 minutes.

  2. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream, lemon zest, lemon juice and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Serve topped with Parmesan.

    creamy mushroom orzo soup
    Diana Chistruga

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

249 Calories
13g Fat
25g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size about 1 cup
Calories 249
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 7g 14%
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Vitamin A 4090IU 82%
Vitamin C 10mg 11%
Vitamin D 3IU 1%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 31mcg 8%
Vitamin K 12mcg 10%
Sodium 621mg 27%
Calcium 122mg 9%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 17mg 4%
Potassium 376mg 8%
Zinc 1mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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