Manestra

September 26, 2017

Author Notes:

Simple Greek comfort food comes to the table.....

inpatskitchen

Makes: about 3 quarts

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano (preferably Greek)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 6 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 1 1/2 cups orzo
  • Grated Kefalotyri or Parmesan cheese for garnish (optional)
In This Recipe

Directions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a 4 quart soup pot and add the diced onion. Saute for a few minutes and then add the minced garlic and oregano. Continue to sauté until the garlic smells fragrant.
  2. Stir in the crushed tomatoes and simmer for about 5 minutes. Add the broth or water and bring up to a boil. Stir in the orzo and simmer for about 8 to 10 minutes, stirring often so the orzo doesn't stick to the bottom of the pot. Serve nice and hot in bowls garnished with the cheese if you like.
  3. NOTE: If re-heating you may need to add a little extra broth or water as the orzo soaks up so much liquid.

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Reviews (8) Questions (0)

8 Reviews

Brussels S. January 24, 2019
This looks so simple and fantastic. I love a good orzo recipe!
 
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inpatskitchen January 24, 2019
Thanks! Hope you enjoy!
 
FrugalCat July 24, 2018
Delicious with whole wheat orzo.
 
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inpatskitchen July 24, 2018
Oh yes! Thanks so much!
 
Bevi September 26, 2017
Hi Pat - is there a particular brand of canned tomato that you like to use?
 
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inpatskitchen September 27, 2017
Hi Bevi! I'm pretty partial to Cento brand tomatoes when I can find them...a little pricey but so good!
 
Bevi September 27, 2017
That's my favorite too! I don't know about your Costco region, but mine in the NE sells Cento canned tomatoes 2/28oz. AND Cento Organic tomato paste, in tubes.
 
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inpatskitchen September 27, 2017
Thanks for the tip! I'll check out Costco soon...I've never seen Cento tomato paste.