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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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Zupas Copycat Tomato Basil Orzo Soup
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 167 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 11mg Sodium: 888mg Carbohydrates: 25g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 10g Protein: 7g