Manestra - Poor Greek Soup

READY IN: 1hr 5mins
Recipe by ThatSouthernBelle

Think of this as what a college student makes after the tuition and books bill has been paid. Not really a dish served for guests - just a soup you make when you're low on ingredients. Has a very strong "Greek" flavor and is more oily than other soups. From Adventures in Greek Cooking: The Olive and The Caper by Susanna Hoffman

Top Review by Plaisham

HEY!!! I make this all the I am not Greek and not poor and not a student. lol I do however use waaay more orzo. More like 1/2 cup. and I feed it to guests and they scoff it up. Dang it's a tasty one. I also use chicken broth if around.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the olive oil in a sauce pan over medium high heat. Add the onion, garlic and oregano and sauté until the onion wilts, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the tomatoes and sauté until they collapse, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the salt and water, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the tomatoes are very soft and the liquid is very dark, about 40 minutes.
  4. Add the orzo and simmer until it is tender, about 5 minutes.
  5. Serve with grated cheese on top and shredded mint leaves.

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