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This is one of my favorite dishes to make when I crave something salty and warm that I can gulp down with a spoon. Quick and super easy, this is a hearty, comforting, no-nonsense tomato soup.
Boil some water in a pasta pot. When the water boils, add the orzo. Keep stiring to keep it from sticking to the pot. Cook until it’s just slightly undercooked (according to package instructions for al dente). Then drain the orzo and set it aside.
Heat the olive oil in a stock pot on medium heat. Turn the heat down and add the onion and garlic. Cook until they turn translucent. Make sure they don’t brown! Add the tomato puree and stir well. Frying off the puree helps release the flavours. Add half of a vegetable stock cube, heat and stir until it’s mixed in well. Add the can of tomatoes and a cup of water. Keep stirring the mixture well. Cook for about 5 minutes
Slice the cherry tomatoes and add them as well. Add a dash of vinegar and stir through. Season with a pinch of smoked paprika, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Add only a little bit of cinnamon, about a knifetip worth.
Stir everyting together. Turn the soup into a puree by using a ‘magic wand’/handheld blender. Cook the soup for about 3 minutes longer.
Add the yoghurt for a little creaminess and stir in the cooked orzo for bite. Let it simmer for 2 more minutes. Finally add some sliced fresh basil leaves and serve.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!