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Orzo in Tomato Broth with a Fontina Cheese Crust

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I dedicate our first post of the New Year to big steps forward in 2012 (pun intended!) – more specifically, first steps forward for our Baby Boy.

Warning. Incoming Proud Daddy Moment. πŸ™‚

New Years Day 2012 Baby Boy took his first steps, unassisted. And just to prove to us it wasn’t a fluke, he did it more than once; wobbling a few steps to to me, then I’d turn him around and he’d stumble two or three steps to Mommy, then she’d turn him around and he’d try for Grandma.

He’s still working out how to go more than 4 or 5 steps without toppling over, but he’s definitely confident and strong enough to stand without holding on, and able to take a few steps forward. So cool. 2012 is going to be a great year. Can’t wait (and neither can he, I am sure).

On a semi-related note:

With all of the holiday eating, including those pigs in a blanket the night before, we were looking for some lighter and smaller fare New Year’s Day. Soup sounded like a great idea for a lazy Sunday at home, so I pulled out my old William Sonoma cookbook and remembered we had loved thisΒ Orzo in Tomato Broth soup when I made it a few years ago. So while Baby Boy cat napped after his exciting afternoon stroll(!) I quickly assembled this meal.

Key features of this soup:

  • Fast – It’s super fast to throw together. 20 – 30 minutes from start to eating.
  • Fresh – The tomato, and especially the parsley, just add such wonderful flavor.
  • Satisfying – The broth is slightly salty and the cheese is gooey. This is a satisfying soup.

You can serve this as an appetizer or make a meal out of it like we did.


Orzo in Tomato Broth with a Fontina Cheese Crust

Serving Size: 2-3


  • 6 oz (1/2 box) orzo
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups Chicken Stock
  • 2 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup grated Fontina chese


  1. Preheat oven to 325
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions until just al-dente. Drain. Set aside.
  3. In a medium pot over medium heat, spray with cooking spray and saute onion, stirring frequently, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for 2 minutes. Add the Chicken Stock and tomatoes, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 8 minutes. Add the parsley, and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. To serve, fill oven proof bowls with pasta, ladle in liquid, and top with Fontina cheese. Place on a baking sheet and bake until the cheese is melted and the soup is steaming hot, about 10 minutes. Serve hot and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from William Sonoma Cookbook


17 thoughts

    • Chris
      January 3, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      Great cheese just sliced, but man this stuff tasted even better when bubbly and hot after baking. I swear I eat at least 50 pounds of cheese a year. hah =D

    • Chris
      January 3, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      Thanks Lindsay, I agree! I just hope no snow any time soon. I haven’t recovered from last year’s shoveling out. Hahah =D

  • January 3, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Aah baby first steps are so exciting! I hope there has been more toddling in the intervening days. πŸ™‚

    This soup recipe looks perfect for curling up on the couch on a freeeezing night like tonight (what’s up with that, metro area?!). Happy New Year!!

    • Chris
      January 3, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      First steps were so awesome. And his face was priceless, he was so proud of himself, you could see it. πŸ™‚

      This was a great soup. We sat on the floor in the living room enjoying it while Baby Boy played. =D

  • January 3, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Awww that is so exciting!!! Congrats to you & baby boy! The orzo sounds amazing but the BF is not huge on tomatoes..any other suggestions or is this one I’m going to be making just for me (not that that is bad!) πŸ˜€

  • January 3, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    I just saw your post on twitter – so sorry to hear the bad news πŸ™ At least you will get spend more time with your baby boy! Love when they are learning to walk!
    This orzo looks wonderful.

    • Chris
      January 4, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      Thanks Erin! It was expected as an eventuality but so soon shocked me. I’m enjoying extra time with Baby Boy, but also have many opportunities I’m looking forward to pursuing. Cheers to big steps forward in 2012!

  • Adrienne
    January 3, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Looks incredible! I will FB message you my favorite soup recipe…it has kind of made me famous with the Presbyterians of the Main Line…

    • Chris
      January 4, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      Lol! Well with a set up like that I have to check that soup out! Thanks πŸ˜‰

  • January 4, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Ohhhh…this looks so good. My kind of soup. I love tomatoes in my soups!!

    Yay for your little boy’s first steps!!! What a memorable time!

    • Chris
      January 4, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      Thanks Aggie! We are super proud parents of our little guy – small steps into a much bigger world πŸ˜‰

  • January 7, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Congratulations on your little guy’s first steps! His life (and yours) will change forever. Get ready to run! This orzo dish looks like such a comforting way to end the day – and I love the ease of the recipe.

    • Chris
      January 9, 2012 at 11:38 am

      Thanks Dara! It was so cool seeing him go. And oh man, just a week later and while not cruising solo just yet he really is getting around holding onto things. Our house just got infinitely smaller. Love it. Love him. πŸ™‚

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