CEimB: Lemon SCALLOP Soup with Orzo

by Joanne on March 11, 2010

This should have been a chicken soup.  I was in no mood to mess around with two dinners. Scallops seemed like a viable option.   It worked out perfect.


This weeks pick was by Kathryn of Grandmas Kitchen Table.  Both Ted and I thank Kathryn for choosing such a tasty recipe from Ellie Krieger’s book “The Food You Crave”.  Recipe is on page 86-87 of the book or go to Kathryn’s site for all the details.


Changes/Adjustments to original recipe:

Instead of 8 oz chicken =>  16 oz Sea Scallops*

Added 3 cups fresh baby spinach

Instead of 6 cups chicken broth => Vegetable broth

Instead of 1 cup whole wheat orzo => 3/4 cup regular orzo (couldn’t find whole wheat)

* To cook scallops:  Rinse and dry thoroughly.  Drying is important so that you get that “caramelized” outer surface when cooking.   Add about 1 TBS oil to a pan over medium high heat and when hot, add the scallops that you have salted and peppered.  When you see the scallops begin to “fan” on the bottom, turn them over.  Approx. 2 –3 min. per side. Don’t over cook. Err on the under cook side if any – you can always toss back into the hot soup for a few minutes.



We loved the fresh lemony taste.   The spinach is a definite MUST.  There was no complaints for lack of chicken.  The scallops were a perfect accompaniment to this soup.  Texture and flavor perfect.  This soup will make another appearance on our table.


Thanks Kathryn. Great pick.



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  • At 2010.03.11 09:08, Dawn Hutchins said:

    My hubby and I both love scallops too. What a good substitution. I never would have thought of it!
    .-= Dawn Hutchins´s last blog ..Cocoa Truffles =-.

    • At 2010.03.11 10:45, Joanne said:

      Dawn: It’s amazing the substitutes you can come up with when trying to save time. I think this soup would work with all sorts of protein substitutions.
      .-= Joanne´s last blog ..CEimB: Lemon SCALLOP Soup with Orzo =-.

      • At 2010.03.11 11:02, Kayte said:

        I can’t wait to try your version of this recipe! It all looks delicious and scallops, shrimp, lobster, all of it would work great in this…thanks for the inspiration. Thanks for loving the recipe, I am always nervous when I get to choose the recipe for the week…a lot of pressure. And, I could not wait to get over here today to see what you did with it as I had a feeling the chicken would be spared today. You did a beautiful job with this.
        .-= Kayte´s last blog ..CEiMB: Lemon Chicken Soup with Orzo =-.

        • At 2010.03.11 12:49, Kalli@fitandfortysomething said:

          that is so pretty and you are so good at taking pics!
          .-= Kalli@fitandfortysomething´s last blog ..Her Journey =-.

          • At 2010.03.11 21:11, Margaret said:

            OH!! Scallops. What a GREAT substitution. Will HAVE to try this version. Sounds/looks divine.

            • At 2010.03.11 22:30, baobabs said:

              This looks AMAZING!!!! I love scallops and would take it over chicken soup any day! Thanks for sharing

              • At 2010.03.11 23:27, arugulove said:

                Oh wow! Looks so good. I’m seriously cursing my husband’s scallop allergy right now.

                • At 2010.03.12 09:49, Liz said:

                  OK, wow, that sounds perfect. I love scallops, and they look amazing seared over top of this soup. YUM! Genius idea.
                  .-= Liz´s last blog ..CEiMB: Lemon Chicken Soup with Orzo =-.

                  • At 2010.03.12 10:36, laura said:

                    i love the scallops idea – it makes it look so gourmet! yum.
                    .-= laura´s last blog ..Avgolemono Soup (CEIMB) =-.

                    • At 2010.03.12 13:12, Jessica said:

                      Scallops seem like a great sub for this recipe, and they make the soup a little more substantial and “dinner worthy” in my opinion. It looks just gorgeous!

                      • At 2010.03.13 01:15, Patty said:

                        Scallop and lemon is a great pairing and your pictures are stunning, keep it up!

                        • At 2010.03.13 08:52, Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear said:

                          Those scallops look so good 🙂
                          .-= Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear´s last blog ..Taste! Smell! Eat! =-.

                          • At 2010.03.13 10:20, Peggy said:

                            This looks delicious. I doni’t eat scallops though. But if I could I would. I didn’t get around to making this soup this week.
                            .-= Peggy´s last blog ..BAREFOOT BLOGGERS – Individual Meat Loaves =-.

                            • At 2010.03.14 01:18, Christina@Health-Foodie said:

                              Congratulations on being in the top 9!

                              I love scallops and this just looks so good. Perfect comfort food, but still sophisticated!
                              Thanks for sharing!

                              – Christina

                              • At 2010.03.14 04:14, kristy said:

                                Congratulations on your top 9, Joanne! You deserved it! This looks so delicious! Yummm….
                                .-= kristy´s last blog ..Sweet & Spicy Mangoes Salad With Fried Bean Curd =-.

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