Italian Orzo Soup

This is a delicious, hearty and filling soup, which is great for cold winter days.  
SERVES: 4 - 6 people
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOKING TIME: 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes
INGREDIENTS:
  • 8oz Orzo Pasta
  • 2 tbsp organic oil
  • 1 organic onion (diced)
  • 2 carrots (diced small )
  • 4 fresh organic tomatoes or 1 tin of cherry tomatoes
  • Handful of kale (torn into small pieces and thigh stalks removed)
  • 2 litres of organic vegetable stock
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary
  • 2 tsp of beef gravy granules (meat free)
  • salt and pepper
  • Nutritional yeast flakes to serve
RECIPE:
  1. Heat the oil (medium heat) in a large stock pot. Add the diced onion and sauté until soft for approximately 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add the carrots and garlic. Sautés for a further 3-4 minutes. 
  3. Add the stock, diced tomatoes, orzo pasta, thyme, oregano and rosemary. Stir to mix well.
  4. Bring soup to the boil and then reduce heat to medium-low in order to simmer for a further 10-12 minutes until pasta and carrots are cooked.
  5. Add the kale and gravy granules which give a depth to the flavour of the soup. Stir and continue cooking for another 3 minutes until kale is soft.
  6. Season to taste and serve immediately. 
  7. Garnish with nutritional yeast flakes or a non-dairy cheese.