Rosa Marina Soup Recipe & Red Gold Tomatoes Giveaway (Now Closed)


Have I told you yet that I’m a secret foodie? Of course I did. Well tonight I’m going to share one of my favorite recipes with you. Rosa Marina Soup. It’s a delicious tomato basil soup that can be cooked like a soup or a pasta dish to make it easier for small kids to eat. (Let’s just be truthful, pasta = less messy than soup!) It’s also very cheap to make.


Just recently I was contacted by a representative of Red Gold Tomatoes and asked if I’d like to try some of their new products & participate in a small contest they have going on. They will be inviting bloggers to the Taste of the NFL. a fund-raising, food and wine tasting event  the weekend of the Super Bowl. The bloggers will also be invited to the Red Gold Tomatoes headquarters to learn all about growing and cooking exceptional tomatoes.


So what makes me so interested in this? Well, it’s not the NFL to be truthful.  I’m hoping to learn quickly since I have 2 sons though! It’s more the fact that some of Red Gold tomatoes are actually grown in Michigan (the great state where I live) and Taste of the NFL raises money for food banks across the country, including Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.  I love giving back in any way I can and I love buying local.


Now I’d like to set something straight before I go any further. I’m all about fresh food and supporting local farms. In the summertime we get almost all of our fruit & veggies at a local stand, but in the winter I rely on canned tomatoes, like Red Gold. It’s fast, convenient, and because they’re packed at their peak they’re just as delicious as fresh.


So, let’s get down to this delicious recipe. Shall we?


Rosa Marina Soup


2 Tbsp Butter Or Margarine
1 Sm Onion; Finely Chopped
1 Rib Celery; Finely Chopped 
2 Cloves of Garlic; Minced (I use organic pureed squeeze garlic)
1 Can Red Gold Tomatoes with Basil in Puree (28 Oz)
1 C Uncooked Orzo (Rosa Marina)
1 Tsp Salt (more or less to taste)

1 Tsp Pepper

2 C Warm Milk


Makes approximately 6-8 servings. (full bowls!)


We start out with Orzo pasta. If you’re not familiar with it you can find it in the imported food area of your local grocery store, not the pasta sauce aisle.

  • Measure out a cup
  • Cook orzo according to package directions. Approximately 10 minutes. Drain.






Our second most important ingredient is a 28oz can of Red Gold ‘Culinary Classics’ Tomatoes with Basil in Puree. They are ONLY located at Meijer stores.  If you can’t find these (because they’re only in select markets)  you can substitute a small can of Red Gold Tomato Puree and a small can of Red Gold Crushed Tomatoes & then add in your own basil (to taste).


  • Empty your can into a pot and add 1 tsp of salt. ( I cook low sodium so you may like more).
  • In another small pan melt your 2 tsp of butter or margarine. Add in your celery, onions, and garlic. Cook approximately 5 minutes, until the onions are somewhat translucent.
  • When done add all (including that melted butter) to your pot of tomato puree.

Red Gold Tomatoes with Basil in Puree – Look at the gorgeous color.


  • Warm up 2 cups of milk in the microwave for approximately 1.30 minutes, add it to your Tomatoes with Basil in Puree.
  • Add in your cooked Orzo pasta.
  • Let pot simmer and reduce (it will thicken the longer you cook it) on low (don’t boil it) while you finish the rest of dinner. Approximately 1/2 hour.

Rosa Marina Soup minus Orzo – Nice and creamy just like a classic tomato soup


I serve my Rosa Marina soup with Italian bread grilled cheese with provolone & an antipasto salad.


As you can see by the picture my soup is more like a pasta on this occasion. The kids like it that way as it’s much easier to eat for a 3 and 1 yr old! If you want yours to be more like soup (the traditional way) only add 1/2 cup or less of orzo!! It expands more than you think it would.

  • Eat and Enjoy


Provolone Grilled Cheese, Rosa Marina “soup” and Antipasto salad














  1. Salsa is my favorite!

  2. Mary Beth Elderton

    I love tomatoes and have many favorites! Spicy Tomato-Veggie soup is one I make regularly.

  3. I like the canned tomatoes

  4. spaghetti

  5. Tomato Tortellini Soup

  6. My favorite is Spaghetti

  7. Tomato soup is my favorite.

  8. I love anything with tomatoes, tomato soup, salsa, spaghetti and so on.

  9. I love pasta with tomatoes and lots of garlic!

  10. Kathleen M Smith

    My favorite is Spaghetti

  11. stephanie miller

    my fave is chili, chicken tortilla soup, gumbo, and cabbage rolls!

  12. My husbands Spaghetti Casserole. Also, Marinara Sauce over Spaghetti Squash.

  13. I love lasagna!

  14. My favorite tomato based food is chili 🙂 *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  15. I love salsa!

  16. I love Tomato soup.

  17. We love a cream based tomato basil soup.

  18. Chili is my favorite!

  19. Rebecca Shockley


  20. I really like salsas

  21. spaghetti or lasgna

  22. I love Lasagna.

  23. Love tomatoes

  24. Ketchup

  25. My favorite tomato based food is pizza sauce. Pairs well with a bottle of cheap Chianti.

    Hope to win!

  26. The Rosa Marina Soup you shared looks great! My favorite tomato based recipe is veggie crab soup. I like to make it spicey.

  27. I love tomato soup

  28. I heart bruschetta!

  29. my favorite is home made sopa de fidello.

  30. Spaghetti!!

  31. I would have to say goulash!

  32. Caroline B/Andrea maes

    Homemade lasagna!!!

  33. I love Tomato soup.

  34. salsa

  35. I make a mexican casserole that uses tomatoes!

  36. I like chili beans.

  37. Love my spagetti with diced italian canned tomatoes just awesome
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  38. i love pomodoro sauce!

  39. I absolutely adore tomatoes in any form..Especially salsa..Thanks

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