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Basil Tomato Soup with Orzo

 Basil Tomato Soup with Orzo
The soup is so scrumptious that it is worth the time it takes to cut up the fresh basil. I believe it is even better the next day, after the flavors have and a chance to blend in the refrigerator overnight.—Tonia Billbe, Elmira, New York
16 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cans (28 ounces each) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 carton (32 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1 cup loosely packed basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/4 cups uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese


  • In a Dutch oven, saute onion in butter for 3 minutes. Add garlic;
  • cook 1-2 minutes longer or until onion is tender. Stir in the
  • tomatoes, broth, basil, sugar and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce
  • heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cook the orzo according to package directions; drain. Add
  • orzo and cream to soup; heat through (do not boil). Sprinkle
  • servings with cheese. Yield: 16 servings (4-1/2 quarts).
Nutritional Facts: 1 cup equals 204 calories, 10 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 33 mg cholesterol, 533 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 7 g protein.