Sunday, February 25, 2007


Dear Foodies,

Mixed vegetable & Orzo Soup

This one is an extension of my previous post of Orzo Salad. I was on a mission to use my orzo and so came up with easy ways of doing it. I have never eaten a recipe that uses orzo and was in no mood of searching for few. I was just enjoying the experimentation session !! Even on the night I made this soup I wanted to have something light for dinner that would use up some orzo. It was really cold outside and a warm soup was the only thing on my mind.

I got my pack of Maggi tomato soup and suddenly had this idea of making soup from scratch. I had fresh vegetables that in themselves have a lot of flavor and I did not want to put them in a ready made soup powder. And my inspiration came from Saffron's lovely Minestrone soup.

The only other soup I made from scratch was Saffron Hut's Cream of broccoli soup. And that was when my love affair with broccoli started. The soup beautiful brought out all the flavor in the broccoli and placed it at a level you cannot avoid loving.

  • 1 cup : Orzo/any pasta, cooked
  • 2 cups: finely diced vegetables, I used carrots, green peppers and tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp : Red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup: Garbanzo beans/chick peas, soaked&cooked till soft or canned
  • 2 nos : Garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp : Ginger, finely chopped
  • 2-3 Tbsp : Coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp : Coriander powder
  • Salt n Pepper for seasoning
  • Coriander leaves for garnish, I also used carrot leaves.
  • 1 Tbsp : Olive Oil
  1. Cook the pasta al dente as per the instructions on the pack. I added a little salt and a few drops of olive oil to the water.
  2. In a saucepan, heat the olive oil and when hot add the finely chopped ginger and garlic.
  3. Add the chopped onions in about 30secs. Saute till translucent and add the green pepper. Cover and cook for a few minutes till the peppers turn a little soft.
  4. Next add the tomatoes and carrots, cook covered for 2-3 minutes till the tomatoes loose shape and the carrots get soft.
  5. Now I added 1/2 tsp of coriander powder for some extra heat. This addition is upto you. You can add any dry herbs instead.
  6. I used fresh tender carrots that came with their leaves and so I added them too. The leaves to had a the nice carroty flavor which I really liked.
  7. Once the leaves wilt, add 2 cups of water, coconut milk and salt. Allow it to boil for a few minutes.
  8. Add the cooked pasta and coriander leaves and simmer for a few minutes. If you want to thicken it, you can mix a tsp of corn flour/corn starch in cold water and add it now.
  9. Season with crushed pepper and taste for salt.

This was one of the best soups I've had. The addition of coconut milk gave it a flavor of Thai food which was yumm. I would strongly recommend this addition when you make minestrone soup or any other veggie soup for that matter. The coconut milk gives a nice rich n creamy texture to the soup. The orzo paired really well with the veggies and was a nice mouthful. I have only now begun to realize how well garlic and coconut pair, and this soup was a strong proof to that. I felt that orzo takes a little longer to cook than regular pasta and so cooked them separately.

I had the soup with half a bun toasted on a pan with some olive oil. This combo was purrrrfect for the cold outside. The warmth from the pepper, ginger and coriander powder paired with the soft veggies was ultra satisfying !

I am sending this soup bowl to Alanna, check her page for more soup ideas !! The cold can never get to you now :-)

13 thoughts:

KA said...

Soup looks deeelicious! Great meal for this weather.

Menu Today said...

Hi Priya,
Soup looks yummy.Best for rainy days!!!Thanks for sharing.

Alanna Kellogg said...

Hi Priya ~ This looks just lovely, I think you'll be making soup from scratch all the time now?! Thanks for the contribution to Soup's On, it's absolutely perfect!

Alanna Kellogg said...

PS Because orzo is so small, you needn't precook it, just drop it into the hot liquid (in your case, probably before adding the coconut milk) and it'll cook in a few minutes. Because it does let off some starch, if I'm being picky about texture, I'll even just add the orzo whenever heating up leftovers.

Anonymous said...

Soups looks awesome.
Good day!

Unknown said...

Soup looks hot and saucy. Nice to see the pastas floating on the soup. Great picture and thanks for sharing this here.
Chk out this thread on low calorie soups:

Chandrika said...

Priya, you have got me droolin' over that soup!

david santos said...

This work is very, very good
thank you

Anonymous said...

Hi Priya! Veggie soup with orzo eh? check out what I have served out:) Looks yum. Salad, soup what's next? said...

Priya, looks awesome. I would love to try this out because as you said its really soup weather out there.

Cold in Michigan!

Mythreyee said...

I am sure its a filling one. thanks for sharing this delicious soup.

Seema Bhat said...

I just have fallen in love with this soup Priya. I would have this for lunch dinner and even breakfast/brunch.

Anonymous said...

Your soups are very tasty!

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