This root vegetable, chicken and orzo soup is very nourishing and ideal when children come in from school. It is a regular in our house, and my mother in law, Eileen, loves it. It lasts for four or five days in the fridge and we usually have some ready to heat up. If you are stuck for time, use chicken thighs instead of the whole chicken and they will cook faster.

Orzo is a rice-shaped pasta that is becoming very popular. Sometimes I use barley instead of the orzo. And for gluten free eating just leave the orzo or barley out.