when the dark clouds crowd the sky and there is wind and rain, i crave soup. i also just realized that when that kind of weather hits, i also crave lemon. it must be something about the way lemon is bright and tart and perks up just about anything, even people.
next, i diced 1 carrot, 2 celery stalks and 1/2 yellow onion. i sauteed those ingredients, in a dutch oven over medium heat, in some olive oil for about 8 minutes until they were nice and soft, then i added 1/2 tsp dried thyme, 2 fresh bay leaves and a little salt and pepper.
i poured in maybe 6 cups of the chicken stock and 1 cup dried orzo and simmered that for about 10-15 minutes until the orzo and vegetables were cooked through.
lastly, i added the shredded chicken (maybe 1 cup) and the juice of 2 lemons. this is when i gave it a good stir and tasted it to see if it needed more lemon juice, salt or pepper.
we love this soup served on a cold, windy night, parmesan dusted on top.