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Author Notes: Simple Greek comfort food comes to the table.....inpatskitchen

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Makes about 3 quarts

  • 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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