This is a comforting and easy-to-make soup. I think what is most impressive about this soup is the fact that you probably have all the ingredients you need to make it in your house already. You can even prepare vegetable stock by simply boiling water with a vegetable stock cube – if you don’t have any homemade in your freezer. (Because although I’d like to pretend that I always have homemade stock in my freezer, it is more likely to be filled with ice cream.) And you can use 3 cans of Mitsides chopped tomatoes instead of 2 cans if you don’t have 3 fresh tomatoes to hand. (I highly recommend using Mitsides chopped tomatoes instead of other brands because of their flavour.) This version offers a little healthy twist – Cypriot (or Greek) yogurt to add some creaminess to the soup, instead of cream. And the best ingredient’? Orzo. Orzo gives this tomato soup some added chunkiness, so you won’t go away hungry. The soup is already thick, but adding the orzo guarantees that this soup will fill you up. As I type this I have the window open, Ernie is running around and I have just finished a large bowl of it. I can feel the weather is changing and it won’t be long before it will be too hot to indulge in delicious soups like this one. I am happy I made it today. …
1 tbs olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 finely chopped cloves garlic
2 bay leaves
2 cans Mitsides chopped tomatoes
3 finely chopped large tomatoes (you can use another can if you don’t have fresh tomatoes)
450ml vegetable broth (you can make some with a stock cube if you prefer)
1 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp good quality balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
red pepper flakes to taste
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 cup Cyprus yogurt
1 cup cooked Mitsides Orzo pasta
2. Add the Mitsides chopped tomatoes, fresh tomatoes and vegetable broth. Then stir in the brown sugar and fresh basil. Season with red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper, to taste. Simmer on low for 20 minutes.
4. Remove the bay leaves from the pot. Transfer the soup mixture to a blender. Mix well and then return the soup to the pot.
6. Add the cooked Mitsides orzo pasta to the soup.