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Travel from your kitchen: Turkish tomato orzo soup

When travel isn’t possible, you can still experience the best a country has to offer through its cuisine. Skyscanner has collaborated with chefs, restaurants, brands and passionate home cooks from around the world to bring you a series of recipes you can make from your very own kitchen.

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Ezgi Tekdemir, Skyscanner, UK

I’m an expat in Edinburgh who is still working on trying to adapt to the UK diet. Being from Turkey, I’m used to having loads of tomato-based stews and soups (it’s more than just kebab land over there!).

I love this soup because it is so easy to make it perfect (compared to other Turkish dishes that I truly miss, but are far too complex). It reminds me so much of home whenever I make it.

It is a really healthy dish too – whenever I am sick, my family or a friend would volunteer to make it for me. So in that way, this soup reminds me of the people I love and care about back home.

Ingredients

Makes: 3-4 portions

  • ½ cup orzo
  • 1 can (400g) chopped tomatoes
  • 1 ½ tablespoons tomato puree
  • Olive oil (to fry orzo)
  • Approximately 5-6 cups of liquid (I would recommend a 50-50 proportion of water to chicken or vegetable stock)
  • 2/3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • Ginger, grated, to taste
  • Seasoning/spice of your choice, to taste (I usually use salt, pepper, dried mint, sumac and chilli flakes)

Instructions

  1. Stir-fry the orzo in olive oil for 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add the tomato paste and mix well; continue to stir-fry.
  3. Add chopped tomatoes, ginger, garlic and lemon.
  4. Add stock and water, bring all to a boil.
  5. Lower the heat and bring to a slow simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Afiyet olsun! (That’s Turkish for Bon Appetit!)

Note: You can squeeze lemon juice lightly before serving. I also like to have the soup with a side of sourdough bread.

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