Creamy Tomato Orzo

Tomato Orzo

One of my favorite dishes to make this time of year is creamy tomato orzo.  I originally posted this recipe last year, and I wanted to re-share it for my new readers.  This is one of my mother’s dishes and she would always make it after the holidays, to use up her turkey stock.  The mixture of the turkey stock and tomato soup is just amazing, and is perfect with orzo.  I am so fortunate my sweet mom would let me share it with all of my wonderful readers 🙂

It is a super easy dish and can be made with homemade or store bought stock and soup, depending on your time constraints.  It will be tasty either way, and is a great weeknight meal.  It is also a great dish to freeze for those times when you have no time to cook.  I am a strong believer in homemade frozen food, and try to keep my freezer stocked, with favorites like this.

Creamy Tomato Orzo

6 to 8 servings or more is used as a side dish

Creamy Tomato Orzo

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. orzo
  • 3 cups tomato soup (try my tomato soup without the cream)
  • 4 1/2 cups turkey stock
  • 1/2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • salt, garlic powder, and sugar to taste (see instructions for more information on why amounts aren't provided)
  • cheese to finish (Asiago, Parmesan, or Romano work well)
  • Cook the orzo according to package directions. The general rule of thumb is 6 quarts of water per 1 pound of orzo, and it usually cooks within 10-12 minutes. Once the orzo is ready, strain, but don’t rinse.
  • Heat the olive oil and butter in a pot large enough to hold all of the ingredients, and add the orzo and toss well. Add the soup and stock and stir well. Heat through and then let it cook uncovered over medium heat for 20 minutes, stirring often. This will allow the liquid to reduce and to not only make it creamy, but allow the orzo to absorb some of the liquid. An enameled pot works well here for even heating and to prevent sticking.
  • During the cooking process, add a little salt, sugar, and garlic powder to taste. The amount will depend on the flavor of your tomato soup and stock, so I haven't given an exact measurement. If your sauce and/or stock are flavorful, you may not need any additional spices. I start with 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. sugar, and 3/4 tsp. garlic powder, and then go from there. Paprika is nice too, if you like it.
  • Once it is ready, serve topped with cheese. This is great as a main or side dish with veggies and/or meat. It is great with served with broccoli.
  • Enjoy and I hope you love it as much as we do!
  • Notes

    # 1 This is a great make-ahead meal and is perfect for entertaining guests. Make the stock and tomato soup and freeze or make a day or 2 ahead and store in the fridge. Make the orzo up to 2-3 days ahead and store in the fridge, or freeze it for longer storage. Combine all ingredients when ready to eat and cook according to directions.

    # 2 Make your own tomato soup and/or turkey stock (it is great made with turkey wings). Check out my recipe for a roasted tomato soup. You can make both ahead of time and store in the fridge, or freeze for longer storage.

    # 3 Don’t reduce as much and serve as a soup.

    47 Responses to“Creamy Tomato Orzo”

    1. 01/14/2016 at 10:10 am #

      This looks so creamy and delicious Antonia! yumm

      • Zoale.com
        01/14/2016 at 11:20 am #

        Thank you Lynn! It is very creamy and so comforting!

        • 01/14/2016 at 11:20 am #

          It does look comforting!

        • Zoale.com
          01/14/2016 at 11:24 am #

          It is also hard to stop eating…lol!

        • 01/14/2016 at 11:27 am #

          I am sure!

    2. 01/14/2016 at 10:18 am #

      Just lovely Antonia-my yiayia made a mean Greek Orzo Lemon Chicken Rice soup that was to die for! YAY! Cheryl xo

      • Zoale.com
        01/14/2016 at 11:22 am #

        Thanks Cheryl! I bet it was amazing! Yum…chicken, orzo, and lemon! My yiayia was in Greece, and I only had the pleasure of seeing her a handful of times. It was so special to eat her cooking on those occasions. Yiayias are the best!

        • 01/14/2016 at 11:28 am #

          When my papou came to America from Crete (Ellis Island NYC), he and yiayia had two children before it was said and done 6 more children arrived as Greek/Americans. Big Greek Family-for sure-wonderful foods this sweet yiayia of mine prepared each and every Sunday for years growing up. There are 26 grandchildren and many greats! xo

        • Zoale.com
          01/14/2016 at 11:49 am #

          Wow, that is a big family Cheryl! How wonderful! I bet you have amazing memories 🙂 My mom is the only sibling that came to the states. We have some cousins, but mostly everyone is still in Greece.

        • 01/14/2016 at 12:00 pm #

          Ah yes…We were in Greece last April for our 12th wedding anniversary! I have many relatives there in Athens, and in Crete. Beautiful…I am very proud of my paternal heritage Antonia!

        • Zoale.com
          01/14/2016 at 12:14 pm #

          How nice! Happy Anniversary! We hope to go in the next couple of years. Me too:)

        • 01/14/2016 at 12:18 pm #

          xo

        • Zoale.com
          01/14/2016 at 1:43 pm #

          🙂

    3. 01/14/2016 at 10:38 am #

      Yum! I really should cook with orzo more…

      • Zoale.com
        01/14/2016 at 11:23 am #

        Thank you Sadie 🙂 Orzo is so yummy and versatile!

    4. 01/14/2016 at 11:02 am #

      Hey Antonia, you will never guess, but I have never eaten orzo !!! I have to try it now 🙂 You recipe sounds awesome.

      • Zoale.com
        01/14/2016 at 11:29 am #

        You have to try it Lynn! It is like large pasta rice..and is amazing at absorbing liquid. I would love to hear it you like it 🙂

        • 01/16/2016 at 1:16 pm #

          You definitely have twisted my arm. Will buy some on my next grocery shop 🙂

        • Zoale.com
          01/16/2016 at 4:11 pm #

          Awesome 🙂 Have a great rest of your weekend Lynne!

    5. Sandhya
      01/14/2016 at 4:13 pm #

      Antonia, what a great comfort food this orzo is ! I like the step by step instructions and pictures you have. It looks so creamy and delicious!

      • Zoale.com
        01/14/2016 at 4:21 pm #

        It really is! Thank you for the kind words Sandhya!

    6. Nana
      01/14/2016 at 6:18 pm #

      So sweet. Nice to share good childhood memories. 😉 May have to give it a try.
      Thanks for sharing.

      • Zoale.com
        01/14/2016 at 7:37 pm #

        Thank you! I love childhood food memories 🙂 If you try it, please let me know what you think!

    7. 01/14/2016 at 6:23 pm #

      Never heard about orzo..is it a rice variety.. Sorry if my question is silly..looks crey and yum

      • Zoale.com
        01/14/2016 at 7:41 pm #

        Not at all Vidya 🙂 It is a pasta, with a similar shape as rice and is also a bit bigger. It is excellent at absorbing liquids, and adds to the creaminess of a dish. It can be used as a sub in a lot of pasta dishes. I hope you get a chance to try it out.

    8. 01/14/2016 at 6:47 pm #

      Gorgeous Antonia! I needed a wonderful orzo recipe for tomorrow’s dinner & here it is! Thanks so much!!

      • Zoale.com
        01/14/2016 at 7:43 pm #

        Thank you Lana! That is awesome! I hope you enjoy it and please let me know how you like it.

        • 01/14/2016 at 8:39 pm #

          I will for sure, Antonia! I know we will simply adore it!

        • Zoale.com
          01/15/2016 at 1:39 pm #

          I’m so glad 🙂

    9. Sara
      01/14/2016 at 9:42 pm #

      This looks delicious!! Question – where do you find turkey stock if you haven’t just made a turkey? Any suggestions- thx!!

      • Zoale.com
        01/15/2016 at 1:24 pm #

        Thank you Sara! It is sold in the grocery store with the other stocks, but there is less of a selection this time of year. If you can’t locate any, substitute with chicken stock. It will not be exactly the same, but will still be very tasty. If you can get a hold of turkey wings, they make a great stock, and they yield a lot of meat. I hope this helps and I hope you enjoy it 🙂

    10. kushigalu
      01/14/2016 at 9:47 pm #

      I love orzo and this looks creamy and super delicious 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        01/15/2016 at 1:32 pm #

        Thank you Kushi 🙂

    11. 01/15/2016 at 3:02 pm #

      Great spin on traditional orzo, looks great.

      • Zoale.com
        01/15/2016 at 3:32 pm #

        Thank you Beata 🙂

    12. 01/15/2016 at 3:58 pm #

      Didn’t I tell you I made your soup??? It was delicious and I loved it! 😍

      • Zoale.com
        01/15/2016 at 4:15 pm #

        What wonderful news Francesca! I am so glad that you liked it, and thank you for telling me! Was it this dish or the tomato soup, or another soup?

        • 01/15/2016 at 4:17 pm #

          This exactly orzo dish! Amazing!

        • Zoale.com
          01/15/2016 at 4:52 pm #

          I am so glad you liked it Francesca! I have trouble not overeating when I have this 🙂 Thank you again for letting me know. It means a lot to me!

    13. 01/15/2016 at 5:36 pm #

      Yum!!! This looks sooooooo good! I’ve got the recipe saved 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        01/15/2016 at 7:23 pm #

        Awesome, thanks Sarah!

    14. 01/16/2016 at 3:33 am #

      Never heard about orzo and this recipe looks so delicious…

      • Zoale.com
        01/16/2016 at 9:32 am #

        Thank you Swapna! Orzo is a great pasta 🙂

    15. 01/16/2016 at 9:26 am #

      We love orzo and what a great recipe using tomato soup 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        01/16/2016 at 9:35 am #

        Thank you Judi!

    16. 01/17/2016 at 9:03 pm #

      so delish! We call this pasta rissoni in Australia and we eat it all the time 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        01/18/2016 at 10:43 am #

        Thank you 🙂 That’s really cool…I didn’t know that. It is a yummy pasta!

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