Easy Tomato Pasta Soup

Easy Tomato Pasta Soup

This easy Tomato Pasta Soup recipe is perfect for a fall evening. It is simple, light and hearty at the same time.  Serve the soup with a glass of lemonade for a comforting meal.

This recipe is originally from The Blue Zone Kitchens by Dan Buettner, with my minor adjustments.

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

4 cups water

2 cups vegetable broth

2 fresh tomatoes, chopped

1 cup tomato paste

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 pound orzo

1 teaspoon salt

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Tomato Pasta Soup Recipe
Instructions:
  • In a large pot bring water and vegetable broth to a boil.
  • Add tomatoes, tomato paste, olive oil and 1 teaspoon salt.  Stir to combine.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 20- 25 minutes. Stir to make sure the orzo does not stick to the bottom of the pot. Note: using a non-stick pot makes this easy.
  • Serve and add salt and pepper to taste.
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Pasta with Cheese, Herbs and Lemon

Pasta with Cheese, Herbs and Lemon

This recipe is a lovely adult version of pasta and cheese. Herbs and lemon combined with the parmesan cheese and pasta is a simple yet elegant meal. It is easy to make, so it is a weekday go-to-favorite!

Servings: 2

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz angel hair or other thin pasta
  • 2-3 tablespoons of fresh herbs chopped; choose from what you have such as basil, thyme, parsley, sage, rosemary, or others)  If using dried herbs reduce the amount to a teaspoon.
  • 2 garlic cloves sliced
  • ⅓ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 lemon; grate the lemon zest and add to the parmesan cheese; juice the lemon removing seeds)
  • Olive oil 
Spaghetti pasta
Instructions:

Step 1:  Bring a large pot of water with a generous amount of salt to a boil. Add pasta and cook at a rolling boil for 4-5 minutes.

Step 2:  In a large skillet, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and heat on medium. Add the garlic and herbs and cook gently for a couple of minutes to release the fragrance.  Take the skillet off heat until pasta is ready. 

Step 3:  Keep ½ cup of the pasta water and put aside.  Then drain the pasta and using tongs place the pasta in the skillet with the garlic and herbs.  Turn on heat and toss pasta with herbs for 1-2 minutes. Add the ½ cup pasta water and the lemon juice.  Toss the pasta some more.  Turn off the heat.

Step 4:  Add the parmesan cheese and lemon zest to the pasta. (Note: you can retain some for topping the pasta before serving.) Toss the pasta with the cheese and zest until evenly combined. Add salt and pepper to taste; usually very little is needed. 

Step 5:  Using the tongs, evenly divide the pasta into two plates and top with parmesan

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Recipe compliments of Home Chef and OPL Community member Sam Shane

 

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