a big bowl full of Slow Cooker Oxtail Orzo Soup sprinkled with fresh parsley
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Slow Cooker Oxtail Orzo Soup

This a filling delicious oxtail soup with pasta that is slow-cooked for maximum flavor. This easy crockpot soup is pure comfort food to warm you from the inside out on a chilly day.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword slow cooker, soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 591kcal
Author Erren Hart of Erren's Kitchen


  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 3 large garlic cloves minced
  • 2 pounds of oxtail or meaty beef shanks
  • 4 medium carrots peeled and sliced
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 can (14-ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • ΒΌ cup warm water
  • 6 cups beef stock
  • A good handful fresh parsley
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup orzo


  • In a large frying pan, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over medium-high heat. Salt and pepper the oxtail, add to the pan and brown on each side for 2-3 minutes.
  • Transfer the oxtail to the slow cooker.
  • In the same pan, heat the remaining tablespoon of oil a brown the garlic for about 30 seconds and then transfer to the slow cooker with the oxtail.
  • Add the carrots, onion, and celery to the slow cooker along with the crushed tomatoes.
  • Mix the tomato paste with the water until combined and add the slow cooker along with the beef stock.
  • Tie the parsley and bay leaves together and add to the slow cooker. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4 hours or high for 2 hours, or until the meat falls away from the bone.
  • Remove oxtail from the slow cooker. Strip the meat from the bones and return to the slow cooker, discarding the bones and excess fat.
  • Add the orzo, turn the heat to high and let cook, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Taste and add additional salt and pepper as needed. Serve and enjoy.


Calories: 591kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 55g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 166mg | Sodium: 836mg | Potassium: 741mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 6925IU | Vitamin C: 5.4mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 7.2mg