September 26, 2017
4 Ratings
Photo by inpatskitchen
  • Makes about 3 quarts
Author Notes

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

What You'll Need
  • 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)
  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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Recipe by: inpatskitchen

I think I get my love for food and cooking from my mom, who was an amazing cook. She would start baking and freezing a month before Christmas in order to host our huge open house on Christmas afternoon. I watched and I learned...to this day I try not to procrastinate when it comes to entertaining. My cooking style is pretty much all over the place, although I'm definitely partial to Greek and Italian cuisine. Oh yes, throw a little Cajun in there too!

10 Reviews

eamcl January 21, 2020
I loved this recipe- thank you for sharing. I have never had manestra without a dash of cinnamon in it, however. It's a very Greek addition. Thanks for bringing to Food52!
inpatskitchen January 21, 2020
Thanks so much!
Brussels S. January 24, 2019
This looks so simple and fantastic. I love a good orzo recipe!
inpatskitchen January 24, 2019
Thanks! Hope you enjoy!
FrugalCat July 24, 2018
Delicious with whole wheat orzo.
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?
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.
inpatskitchen September 27, 2017
Thanks for the tip! I'll check out Costco soon...I've never seen Cento tomato paste.