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Basil Tomato Soup with Orzo Recipe

Basil Tomato Soup with Orzo Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min. YIELD:16 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.