"The tradition of Italian cooking is that of the matriarch. This is the cooking of grandma. She didn't waste time thinking too much about the celery. She got the best celery she could and then she dealt with it."--Mario Batali
This recipe for Tomato Basil Soup with Orzo, by Marie Adams, is from The Smith Family Cookbook Project,
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1 tsp. olive oil 1/4 c. apple juice 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 c. diced red bell pepper 4 c. chopped fresh or canned tomatoes (I used 1 qt. home canned tomatoes) 1 c. vegetable stock (I used chicken broth) 1/3 c. orzo pasta 1/4 c. chopped fresh basil 1 pint heavy cream 1/4 c. butter
In soup pot, heat oil and apple juice over medium heat. Saute onion, garlic and pepper 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until onion is soft but not brown. Add small amounts of water if mixture becomes dry). Remove from heat. Add tomatoes and broth. Stir. Puree in blender and return to the pot. Add pasta; cook 10 minutes, stirring. Add butter and cream. Stir in. Simmer 15 min. do not boil. Add basil and serve immediately.
20 min. plus simmer time
This is very similar to Zupas soup. Everybody I've served it to loved it.