Tomato, basil & orzo soup

Tomato, basil & orzo soup

An easy, filling and delicious soup

time

5 mins

pan

30 mins

fire

285 kcal

time

5 mins

pan

30 mins

fire

285 kcal

Tomato,-basil-&-orzo-soup

SERVES

4

DIFFICULTY

EASY

SERVES

4

Difficulty

EASY

I’ve been trying to cook soup more for easy lunches as it’s so handy to make in big batches and just reheat, but I do often find that I’m hungry an hour after eating it unless I’ve had bread with it! That’s why I tried out this tomato, basil and orzo soup. The orzo just adds a little more texture and filling power.

I nearly always use chopped tomatoes in soups, as generally I don’t have the time to roast fresh tomatoes and I think the results using chopped are often just as good, if not better!

A real key to  good tasting tomato soup is getting the level of salt right- once it’s blended try it, and if it tastes a little dull, try adding a few more grinds of salt- it’s amazing what a difference it makes when you get it just right- it just gives it that lift and brings out all of the flavours!

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Tomato, basil & orzo soup

Servings: 4
An easy, filling and delicious soup
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5 mins
30 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes
  • 2 carrots washed but unpeeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped finely
  • 1 onion peeled and diced (pre-chopped frozen onion is also perfect!)
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • 1 large handful fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 225 g orzo
  • salt and pepper read the note above about salt levels- it's key!
  • low calorie cooking spray or spray oil

Instructions

  • In a large, deep pan, fry the onion and garlic using low calorie cooking spray/spray oil for 2-3 minutes until the onion has softened
  • Add the tinned tomatoes, vegetable stock, oregano and carrots and simmer, uncovered, on a low heat for 30 minutes
  • In the meantime, cook the orzo according to the packet instructions
  • Season the soup, throw in the fresh basil, and blend using a hand blender or in a food processor until the soup is nice and smooth
  • Stir in the drained orzo
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve with a little extra fresh basil

Notes

Grated parmesan on top of this is also lovely, and a few dried chilli flakes add a nice kick
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