Everyone loves Zupas and on a whim one evening I decided to make a Zupas Copycat Tomato Basil Orzo Soup and the results were fantastic! ohsweetbasil.com

Zupas Copycat Tomato Basil Orzo Soup

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6 servings
Everyone loves Zupas and on a whim one evening I decided to make a Zupas Copycat Tomato Basil Orzo Soup and the results were fantastic!


  • 8-10 Tomatoes chopped in quarters
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 cup Tomato Sauce
  • 1 cup Vegetable or Chicken Broth
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 tablespoon Basil chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 2/3 cup Orzo Pasta
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Parmesan Cheese


  • Place the tomatoes on a baking sheet that has been lightly drizzled with olive oil. drizzle the tomatoes with olive oil and toss to coat.
  • sprinkle evenly with kosher salt and black pepper.
  • roast at 425 for 20-40 minutes or until shriveled and soft.
  • remove from the oven.
  • let cool for a few minutes and then place the tomatoes and any accumulated juices from the pan into a blender (we use blendtec) and puree until you have 2 1/2 cups. if you come up short just add tomato sauce or too much just don't use it all.
  • drizzle about 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a large sauce pot.
  • heat over medium high heat until shimmering.
  • add the garlic, turn down to medium and stir frequently.
  • allow to cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • add the tomato puree, juice, broth, tomato sauce brown sugar, salt and pepper.
  • stir and then allow to come to a boil.
  • boil for 10 minutes and turn down to a simmer.
  • add the milk and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  • Stir in the butter and basil.
  • Meanwhile, cook the pasta per package instructions.
  • Drain.
  • Ladle the soup into bowls, add a little pasta and parmesan and serve immediately.
  • Allow soup to cool and store in tupperware up to 4 days or in sealed storage bags in the freezer up to 2 months.
Nutrition Facts
Zupas Copycat Tomato Basil Orzo Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 167 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 888mg39%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 7g14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.