Orzo, Delicata Squash and Chicken Soup with Sage

  • Yield: servings

Make it meatless by omitting the chicken, substituting vegetable broth, and serving with shaved Parmesan.


4-- delicata squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed
3tablespoons olive oil
-- salt and freshly ground pepper
2small skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1cup orzo
3tablespoons unsalted butter
1small yellow onion, chopped
3cloves garlic, minced
5leaves sage, torn into pieces
4cups chicken broth


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss the squash with 2 Tbsp of the oil, season with salt and pepper, and spread on the prepared baking sheet. Place the chicken on another baking sheet, brush with the remaining 1 Tbsp oil, and season with salt and pepper. Place the squash on the top rack in the oven and the chicken on the lower rack. Roast until the chicken is cooked through and a thermometer inserted into the thickest part reaches 160°F, about 20 minutes. Remove the chicken from the oven and continue to roast the squash until it is tender and caramelized, about 10 minutes longer. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, shred it into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Put 6 cups water in a saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Add 1⁄2 tsp salt and the orzo and cook for 7 minutes. Drain the pasta and set aside
  3. In a large, heavy pot over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the onion, garlic, and sage and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Add the orzo, shredded chicken, and squash and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 15 minutes, then season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.

Reprinted with permission from Williams-Sonoma Soup of the Day by Kate McMillan, Weldon Owen.