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Zupas Copycat Tomato Basil Orzo Soup

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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! This Lemon Orzo is super delicious also!

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

Many years ago my girlfriend treated me to lunch, or was it dinner, anyway it was a meal at Zupas, a local restaurant that serves soups, salads and sandwiches. We absolutely love their nuts about berries salad and usually get that but on this occasion she told me I just had to get the Tomato Basil Orzo soup and that I would never eat another tomato soup that’s as good as this one.

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

What is Orzo?

Orzo, also risoni, is a form of short-cut pasta, shaped like a large grain of rice.

Orzo can be served alone; as a soup accompaniment; as part of a salad, pilaf, or giouvetsi; or baked in a casserole.

She was right. The addition of orzo is awesome and totally makes the meal.

Technically it’s healthier too.

Why? There’s pasta in it! Why would that be healthier?

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

Well because you aren’t making a big, fat, gooey grilled cheese to dunk in it so “technically” it’s healthier. See how my eating choices always become a win?

We were later informed that you should mix the tomato and cauliflower soup

The tomato soup is really easy to make, especially if you have a Blendtec to puree it all, and should you not have good, fresh tomatoes just use canned and remember it will be good, just not phenomenal. (That’s for my mom. Apparently Dad has started using that word a lot and we are all secretly giggling about it.) This soup freezes well too so just let it cool and either use a food saver or ziplocs to store it.

Can Tomato Soup be Frozen?

If you are making the soup specifically for freezing, leave out the cream or milk completely.

You can still freeze leftover tomato soup with cream, using the same methods, but it will require careful reheating to avoid curdling.

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

At the very end, right as you’re serving up bowls of it, spoon in a little of the orzo and top with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese. So. So. So. Good.

Ok, and go ahead and dunk a little crusty bread action in there too. I can’t resist.

Is Tomato Soup Good for a Cold?

Tomato Soup is Chock-full of vitamin C, tomato soup is also a winter warmer-upper.

You can whip up a delicious dairy-free recipe to keep your mucus factor down.

Looking for more delicious ORZO RECIPES?

Zupas Copycat Tomato Basil Orzo Soup

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

5 from 1 vote
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!

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

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

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10 comments

  • Didn’t pick up quantity of orzo to cook.  Do you have a preference of type of fresh tomatoes ? If using canned tomatoes, what quantity?  
    Thanks 
    Martha 

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    • Hi Martha! Thank you for the feedback! It looks like part of the recipe got cut off. I have updated the recipe card. There are 2/3 cups of orzo as well as a little butter and fresh parmesan. If you use fresh tomatoes, we go with romas usually. If you go with canned, I would do about 3 14.5oz cans of tomatoes.

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  • No onion?
    Is that because the Zupa recipe doesn’t have onion? I just automatically add!!

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    • Hey Candice! Yes, that is what we found best matches the flavor of Zupas, but definitely feel free to add it!!

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  • Can you give an estimate of how many cups of tomatoes you need for the recipe? 8-10 can vary greatly depending on the size of the tomato. And could you substitute canned fire roasted tomatoes? Thanks

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  • My daughter prepped the tomatoes for this a bit ago, they’re currently in the oven. We’ll be having it with her new favorite BLTs. Everything is farm to table (save for the bread) so I’m sure it will be wonderful. Can’t wait for dinner!! 🙂

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  • Hi, quick question … the instructions (step 3) say “add the tomato puree, juice, broth, tomato sauce brown sugar, salt and pepper”; however, there is no “juice” listed in the ingredients. Can you please clarify? Thank you!

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    • Hi Di, in the instructions it states any accumulated juices from the pan. We just mean that after roasting the tomatoes there will be juices sitting in the bottom of the pan and we add those as well. 🙂 Thanks and let me know if you need anything else.

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  • looks yummy, have pinned it for when the cooking fairy comes to my house

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    • haha, I need a cooking fairy! How do you make that happen?

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