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Tomato Basil Orzo Soup final picture

Tomato Basil Orzo Soup final picture

What a wonderful Saturday I had spending hours exploring blogs from around the world! There are so many wonderful talented cooks that inspire me to try new ingredients. I can’t wait to draft my versions of a few recipes and test them.

It has been rather frigid lately with temperatures dipping into the negatives (Fahrenheit) when considering the wind chill. Staying warm can be a challenge. I decided to make one of my favorite soups for my lunch. It warms over nicely in the microwave plus it can be frozen allowing large batches to be made. I research a lot of recipes and ingredients, as I like to create my own versions. However, this is one recipe that I have no reason to modify and I give the wonderful chefs at Wegmans all the credits. Because it is their recipe! I hope you visit their website for more wonderful recipes and stop by one of their stores if you have one in your area! I know I love shopping at Wegmans as it is an enjoyable experience.

8 oz. Food You Feel Good About Cleaned & Cut Mirepoix
2 Tbsp Wegmans Basting Oil
1 Tbsp chopped Food You Feel Good About Peeled Garlic
28 oz. Italian Classics Kitchen Cut Roma Tomatoes with Basil
28 oz. Italian Classics Crushed Tomatoes with Italian Herbs
32 oz. Food You Feel Good About Vegetable Culinary Stock
Wegmans Sea Salt
Cracked black pepper
2 Roasted Red Peppers, 1/4-inch dice (located at Wegmans Mediterranean Bar)
1 cup Italian Classics Orzo Soup Pasta
1 cup Ultra-Pasteurized Light Cream
2 Tbsp Chopped Fresh Basil

Add mirepoix and basting oil to large stockpot. Cook, stirring, 6-7 min. Add chopped garlic. Cook 2 min, until vegetables are tender.

Add all tomatoes; simmer about 10 min.

Tomato Basil Orzo Soup Tomatoes simmering

Add stock and return to simmer. Season to taste with salt and Wegmans cracked black pepper because it is a blend.

Add red peppers and pasta. Bring to a soft boil and then simmer 8-10 min, stirring often, until pasta is firm but tender. Remove from heat.

Tomato Basil Orzo Soup add orzo and peppers

Temper cream: Pour cream into medium bowl. Add a few ladles of hot soup to cream to slowly raise cream temperature. Add cream mixture to soup; fold in basil. Ladle into warmed bowls to serve. I like to use my left over light cream to make my Indian Chai.

Tomato Basil Orzo Soup add cream

If you like soup and stews, then check out:
Ginger Chicken Noodle Soup (or stew when I make it!)
Rosemary & Smoked Chicken Dumpling Stew
Creamy Pumpkin Soup with a Kick!
My Version of Murgh Mumtaz Mahal or Indian Chicken Curry Soup
Super Bowl Turkey Chili With Cornbread
Chicken Pot Pie
Minestrone Slow-Cooked Stew
St. Patrick’s Day Potato Soup

18 thoughts on “Tomato Basil Orzo Soup – thank you Wegmans!

  1. Kathie says:

    I will definitely be trying this recipe next weekend ! Brings back memories of our soup club which was a lot of fun and always had such good variety.

    1. Bernice says:

      Thanks Kathie! Those soup clubs were so much fun trying all those soups and stews! Hope you are doing well – I think of you often. Lets get together in spring for dinner.

  2. I’m jealous that you had a relaxing Saturday to read and be inspired. And, still some time in the kitchen to make this soup.

    I haven’t seen the term “basting oil.”. I’m guessing olive or grape seed oil would be suitable substitutions. I think I have everything I need to make this (except the fresh basil). I’d love this next week for dinner with a fresh baguette from the bakery. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Bernice says:

      It is a fabulous soup! Yes you could substitute the basing oil with grapeseed oil and canola oil. And infuse it with some garlic and herbs like parsley and thyme. Fresh basil works best. A nice fresh baguette would just be wonderful! I hope you enjoy it! Bernice

  3. jenmonologues says:

    I bought some orzo pasta for a cold salad but I have been wondering how else to use it. Thanks for this recipe! I wil try this!

    1. Bernice says:

      Your welcome and I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by for a visit. Have a great day. Bernice

  4. This looks delicious, perfect winter food!

    1. Bernice says:

      Thanks. I love having it for my lunch or dinner in the winter. It is wonderful comfort food. I made some fresh bread in my bread maker for this meal. I also keep a few frozen rolls in the freezer for during the week when there is not time to make bread.

  5. uzuazoekwediemebu@gmail.com says:

    Some of the ingredients are seen in my country Nigeria,can i add my own?

    1. Bernice says:

      Yes, most definitely you could substitute or add ingredients to your liking. Let me know if you do and how it comes out. I would be interested in hearing how you modify this soup. Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day. Bernice

  6. Mmmm! So delish-looking. Where do I get wheat-free orzo?

    1. Bernice says:

      Thanks, it is a wonderful soup! I never used wheat-free orzo. I did find this site – however I do not know anything about it. They have a link where you can order it online. http://whattofeedyourkids.blogspot.com/2012/08/gluten-free-orzo-by-edison-organic.html You might be able to substitute something like brown rice or quinoa. Here is another website with more information on orzo. http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-orzo.htm

      Hopefully one of these will work out for you. Let me know how it goes! Happy cooking! Bernice

      1. Wow, thanks for all that! I will.–L

      2. Bernice says:

        Your welcome. Let me know how it works out for you as I never tried to substitute orzo. :) Bernice

      3. Bernice says:

        Best wishes! :)

  7. We are having really cold and rainy weather here too.
    Warm and comforting recipes like this one are perfect for this weather
    Thank you for sharing

    1. Bernice says:

      Your welcome – this is a great, hearty soup on a cold day! I am so ready for spring… but in the meantime I am trying new comfort food recipes.

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