Since the opening of its first Souplantation in 1978 in San Diego, California, Garden Fresh Restaurant Corporation has expanded to 61 salad buffet restaurants with locations in Southern California, where they are known as Souplantation, and in Northern California and ten other states, where they are known as Sweet Tomatoes. Differing in name only, the restaurants are known for their abundance of fresh, great tasting salad selections, soups, bakery items, pastas and desserts in a self-serve format, set in a casual dining atmosphere.

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Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup



LEMON CHICKEN ORZO SOUP
Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes Recipe

Chicken:
1 lb. raw chicken breast  
Cut into ½ inch cubes.

Cook chicken in oven at 325 degrees until done.Add to soup later.

Orzo Pasta:
6 cups water        
1/2 lb. orzo pasta                                            
3/4 teaspoon table salt                                                      

In a pot, bring water and salt to a boil. Add pasta and cook for approximately 10 minutes. Strain pasta and flash cool in cold water. Drain off excess water.


Soup:
9 tablespoons flour                                                          
5 tablespoons margarine or butter                                
11 1/2 cups water                                                                
4 1/2 tablespoons chicken base                                        
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper

In a pot, melt butter and stir in flour. Cook for 5 minutes on medium heat. Stir often. Add ingredients to pot and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes.

1 ¼ cups whisked cracked eggs (6 eggs)                        
2 cups hot soup broth                                                      

Place eggs in a bowl. SLOWLY add hot broth whisk to combine. SLOWLY add back to pot and whisk to combine. Add slowly or eggs will curdle.

2 tablespoons coarsely chopped sorrel                          
cooked orzo pasta                                                            
cooked chicken pieces

Add ingredients to soup. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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