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Creamy tomato orzo pasta

This easy creamy tomato orzo soup comes together in less than 15 minutes, and is a great weeknight dinner. Tomato soup with basil is a classic, and this version with pasta and creme fraiche makes for a more filling version.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time13 mins
Course: Dinner, lunch, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: orzo, tomato soup
Servings: 4
Calories: 251kcal
Author: Tonje
Cost: Cheap

Ingredients

  • 1 kg tomato passata
  • 400 ml vegetable stock
  • 2 teaspoon basil
  • 200 g orzo
  • 100 ml creme fraiche
  • salt, pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Add tomato passata, orzo, basil and vegetable stock to a large pot.
  • Bring it to a boil, reduce it to a simmer and allow it to cook covered with a lid until the orzo has cooked through, 5-10 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent the orzo from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  • When the orzo has cooked through completely, stir through the creme fraiche, and add salt and pepper to taste. Serve the soup immediately while piping hot.

Notes

What can I use instead of passata? – Tomato passata is a smooth watery tomato puree, and the base of the soup. If you don’t have access to it, you can use something like a tomato based sauce, or you can roast and blend some tomatoes until smooth. The passata is a a great alternative for quick and easy tomato based dishes like these.
Can I use other types of pasta? – Yes. Any small sized pasta will do, like macaroni or fusilli.
Can I add meat or vegetables to this recipe? Absolutely! Feel free to add diced vegetables, shredded chicken or pieces of smoked sausage for a more hearty meal.

Leftovers

As the orzo tends to absorb any liquid, this soup does not store particularly well. If you plan on having leftovers, I recommend cooking the orzo separate. Add it directly to your servings of soup, and store leftover orzo and soup in different containers. Done this way, the soup should last up to 3 days in the fridge, or 3 months in the freezer.

Nutrition

Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1713mg | Potassium: 939mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1348IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 3mg