Orzo & tomato soup

Updated: Apr 21, 2020

Make our simple, budget-friendly tomato, orzo and chickpea soup in just 30 minutes. This easy, vegetarian family meal is healthy and even low fat


  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 celery sticks, chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed

  • 1 tbsp tomato purée

  • 400g can chopped tomatoes

  • 400g can chickpeas

  • 150g orzo pasta

  • 700ml vegetable stock

  • 2 tbsp basil pesto

  • crusty bread, to serve


  1. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion and celery and fry for 10-15 mins, or until starting to soften, then add the garlic and cook for 1 min more. Stir in all the other ingredients, except for the pesto and remaining oil, and bring to the boil.

  2. Reduce the heat and leave to simmer for 6-8 mins, or until the orzo is tender. Season to taste, then ladle into bowls.

  3. Stir the remaining oil with the pesto, then drizzle over the soup. Serve with chunks of crusty bread.

Recipe from Good Food magazine,February 2019

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