Cozytime and Christmas Trees: Orzo and Tomato Soup

Bring on the winter! I am so ready for the cold. My mommy bought me a cute new sweater, I just made a lovely pot of soup and we spent the evening decorating a cute three-foot plastic fir! I love winter- everyone looks good in winter clothes and the Starbucks drinks are so glorious.

So tomato soup might not be one’s first choice, but hear me out here. With this homemade soup, I added orzo so that it wouldn’t be so tomato-ey. I love tomatoes, I think they are one of god’s gifts to Earth but this soup needed a little something. It takes about an hour, though, but I promise you it is very worth it 🙂

Orzo and Tomato Soup

Adapted from Felicia Sullivan


  • 2 large red tomatoes
  • 1 28oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 quart of chicken broth
  • 1 large yellow onion, roughly chop
  • 4-6 fat garlic cloves, roughly chop
  • 1 cup of freshly grated pecorino Romano cheese
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 12oz of orzo (3/4 of a box)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt/pepper to season and taste


  1. In a large soup pot, add the olive oil & butter.
  2. De-seed and dice the tomatoes, chop the onions & dice the garlic.
  3. Add the onions, garlic with pinches of salt & pepper. Cook for 3 minutes on medium-high heat until the onions are soft. Add the diced tomatoes and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  4. Once the mixture has softened, add the can tomatoes and the chicken broth (it won’t make any difference if you put water and bouillon cubes in directly without mixing it beforehand. Being lazy is okay 🙂 ).
  5. Bring the mixture to a boil. Add the bay leaf, salt and pepper to season, and stir for 1-2 minutes. Bring the heat down to medium. Cover the pot with a lid and cook for 15-20 minutes.
  6. During this time, cook the orzo.
  7. After 20 minutes, add the fresh basil and remove the bay leaf. Using an immersion blender or a regular blender, blend this soup until smooth.
  8. After the soup is smooth, return the mixture to the pot. Add the cooked pasta and grated Romano cheese. Cook for another 10 minutes.
  9. Enjoy with bread or a grilled cheese! Yum!

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Categories: Soups

Author:Rachel Johnson

Writer/Photographer/Food Person Stupid Good: When food is so simple and delicious, it's just stupid.

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2 Comments on “Cozytime and Christmas Trees: Orzo and Tomato Soup”

  1. November 30, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    Thanks for the recipe. I didn’t have tomatoes so i used red bell peppers. Came out fantastic!

    • Rachel
      December 1, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

      An interesting substitution- I’m sure it was super delish!

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