Kids Make Sausage Orzo Soup

Making this soup involves lots of pouring and mixing of ingredients, which are great tasks for little ones to take on. Because there are so many ingredients to measure, this is a great opportunity to teach your kids about numbers, portions, and measuring tools.

While your kids are helping out, you can also pause to discuss which FOOD GROUP each ingredient belongs to and share some fun facts about this meal’s featured ingredient: ORZO.

🥣 food groups1🥣

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    • Fruit: none
    • Veggies: carrots, corn, tomatoes2, onion, celery, garlic, kale 
    • Grains: orzo
    • Protein: sausage
    • Dairy: cheese

    1For information about food and health, go to ChooseMyPlate.gov.
    2Tomatoes are classified by botanists as fruit, but nutritionally and legally they are considered veggies.

🥣Orzo🥣

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    • Orzo is in the Grains food group.
    • Orzo is a good source of carbohydrates, which give our body energy.
    • Orzo is shaped like rice, but it’s actually pasta.
    • In Italian, orzo means barley.

Here are some creative ways for your kid to be your personal Sous Chef as you make our Sausage Orzo Soup. Simply hover over each image for details. Make sure your little dudes wash their hands before starting!

🍴VEGGIE & Soup Mixture🍴

To prepare the veggies and soup mixture, kids can:

RINSE veggies in a strainer

Kids can use a towel to dry the veggies.

PEEL carrots*

This is a fun challenge for older children.

CUT leaves off kale stems*

Kids should use scissors or simply tear the leaves off. 

ADD & STIR stock, veggies & spices into soup pot

My kids loved seeing such colorful ingredients come together.

We used this Veggie Peeler & these Kitchen Shears.

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🍴Sausage🍴

To cook the sausage, kids can:

Paint the skillet with cooking oil

A pastry or basting brush works great.

BREAK UP sausage in pan*

Kids can use a potato masher, spatula or spoon.

We used this Potato Masher.

🍴orzo pasta🍴

To cook the orzo, kids can:

MEASURE & POUR orzo into pot*

Kids tend to be fascinated by how small this pasta looks!

Set TIMER for orzo

Grown-ups can teach kids how to use a timer for cooking.

Try orzo

Let kids decide if the orzo is done. Hungry toddlers love this job!

MEASURE & ADD kale

Kids may like seeing how the kale "shrinks" away in the soup.

*Note: For toddlers especially, these tasks require adult supervision and/or assistance, as items may be sharp, hot or otherwise dangerous.

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