Turkish Tomato Orzo Soup

Woman eating Turkish tomato orzo soup garnished with parsley served in light blue bowls on a grey background.

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Orzo soup with tomatoes, garlic, dried mint, parsley and lemon juice. So easy to make yet tastes so good.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp dried mint
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/3 cup orzo
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 sprigs parsley, not chopped
  • ½ tablespoon lemon juice


  1. Heat olive oil in a pot. Add in tomato paste, tomatoes and dried mint. Cook over medium low heat until tender. You can add a little water if it gets too thick.
  2. Pour water and bring it to boil.
  3. Add in orzo and parsley when it boils and cook until orzo gets tender.
  4. Add in salt and lemon juice.
  5. Serve hot.


In Turkish cuisine, when making the soup, we sometimes use a combination of pepper paste and tomato paste, but just tomato paste is fine too.


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