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Tomato Orzo Soup

Made with simple ingredients, this easy and quick to make homemade vegetarian Tomato Orzo Soup is a delicious, hearty and healthy meal.

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Tomato Orzo Soup served in large white mugs.

There's something so soothing about making a hot pot of soup on a cold stormy day. This Tomato Orzo Soup was just what we needed to warm us and re-energize us after shovelling several feet of snow off our steps this past week. And just like this simple Red Lentil Soup it is filling and nutritious.

Tomato Orzo Soup served in large white mugs.

What goes into this Tomato Orzo Soup

You don't need any complicated ingredients to make this delicious and simple soup recipe. Here's an overview of the ingredients needed.

You can see the ingredient amounts and detailed step-by-step instructions in the recipe card at the end of the post.

Ingredients Overview:

This vegetarian tomato orzo soup starts off with aromatic vegetables such as carrots, celery, onion and garlic.

Crushed tomatoes or you can use canned diced tomatoes (fire-roasted ones are really delicious).

Typical Italian seasonings such as dried bay leaves, oregano and basil are used to flavour the soup.

Orzo pasta, which is a short pasta that resembles a large grain of rice, is used here but if you don't have it in your pantry, you can use macaroni or any other short-cut pasta, even broken up spaghetti works.

Fresh spinach is added near the end of cooking but can be omitted if you don't have it or just prefer to leave it out.

Tomato Orzo Soup with freshly grated Parmesan cheese in large white mug.

How to make this Soup

This soup couldn't be easier to make. Just follow the steps below for a delicious and heartwarming soup.

Steps Overview:

To make this soup, start by chopping and cooking the aromatics in a little bit of olive oil and butter.

Add the broth and crushed tomatoes and the seasonings.

Let the soup come to a boil and add the uncooked orzo. Lower the heat to a simmer and let the pasta cook in the soup until it's al dente.

Add the spinach, cook for 2 to 3 minutes until it wilts and the soup is ready to serve.

An alternative way of cooking this soup is to cook the pasta partway in a separate pot, then add it to the rest of the ingredients and let it finish cooking in the soup.

Doing it this way prevents the pasta from absorbing too much of the soup broth. Ina Garten uses this method in her tomato soup recipe.

How to Serve

Top the soup with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese and if available a few thinly sliced fresh basil leaves would also be delicious.

If you've got some extra time on your hands, make a batch of these Sweet Potato, Parmesan and Rosemary Biscuits and serve them warm along with the soup.

How to Store

When at room temperature, poor leftover soup into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to five days.

Enjoy!

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Tomato Orzo Soup served in large white mugs.

Tomato Orzo Soup

Made with simple ingredients, this easy and quick to make homemade vegetarian Tomato Orzo Soup is a delicious, hearty and healthy meal.
4.58 from 49 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6
Calories 169 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 3 medium garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup carrots chopped
  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • 6 cups broth vegetable or chicken
  • 2 cups crushed tomatoes strained tomatoes or tomato sauce also works
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf optional
  • ¾ cup orzo pasta or pasta of choice
  • 5 cups spinach
  • Optional Topping: Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions
 

  • In a large heavy-bottomed pot, heat the butter and olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add onion, saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the garlic, carrots and celery and saute for an additional 4 minutes. 
  • Add broth, crushed tomatoes, bay leaves, dried basil, dried oregano and season with salt and pepper. Let the soup come to a boil and add the orzo or pasta of choice. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until pasta is al dente, stirring occasionally so orzo doesn't stick.
  • Taste to adjust seasoning and add spinach. Once wilted, remove bay leaves and serve soup with freshly grated Parmesan and fresh basil (if available).

Notes

  1. Nutrition data doesn't include optional Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition

Calories: 169kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 5gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 1096mgPotassium: 552mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 6715IUVitamin C: 17.6mgCalcium: 80mgIron: 2.2mg
Keyword Orzo and Tomato Soup, Orzo Soup, Tomato Orzo Soup, Tomato Soup, Tomato Vegetable Soup
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Elaine

Saturday 18th of June 2022

I am going to make this soup today & wondering what broth would you suggest? Cheers, Elaine

Fida | Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Saturday 18th of June 2022

Hello Elaine, I like to use either vegetable or chicken broth with this recipe. I hope you enjoy the soup! Fida

Amina

Tuesday 28th of December 2021

Awesome soup, thank you for the recipe!

Fida | Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Wednesday 29th of December 2021

Hello Amina! Thank you for letting me know you enjoyed this soup ☺️. I'm so glad you liked it!

Rose

Tuesday 16th of March 2021

So easy to make. Love the flavours.

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Tuesday 16th of March 2021

Thank you for writing and letting me know that you enjoyed the soup! It makes me so happy to hear that ☺️.

Amber

Monday 18th of January 2021

This soup was AMAZING! Perfect for a snowy winter Sunday!!! Only changes I made—chicken broth, and 3 tablespoons of heavy cream! This one will be made again and again. Thanks for sharing.

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Monday 18th of January 2021

I'm so happy to hear you loved the soup. I really like the idea of adding a bit of cream to the soup for a touch of creaminess!

Rosana

Monday 24th of August 2020

Hi how much is a serving?

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Monday 24th of August 2020

Hello Rosana, the soup serves 6. If you need to know the exact serving size, I suggest you divide the soup into 6 portions and measure how much that is for you. Thank you!

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