By Marcus Samuelsson | October 5, 2010

It seems the seasons changed in New York in the blink of an eye over this weekend. Already, it feels like summer has been long gone. I’m always tempted to load up on heavy foods when it gets dark and cold out but meals like My Veggie Soup allow me to get warm fast without filling up. It’s a flavorful vegetarian meal – a great way to take a break from our meat-rich diets once in a blue.

My Veggie Soup Recipe

Servings: 4-6
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins


  • 1/2 cup uncooked orzo
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 3-inch piece of ginger, peeled and minced
  • 2 green Anaheim chilies, chopped with seeds and ribs removed
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled, minced
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 1 tbsp blond miso
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 2 tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped scallion(about 2 scallions)
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • Juice from 2 lemons
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbsp chopped Thai basil


1. Bring 3 cups of salted water to a boil in a medium pot. Add the orzo and cook until al dente, about 7 minutes. Drain and set aside.

2. Heat the 2 tablespoons olive oil in the pot over medium heat. Add the onion, chili powder, ginger, chili, garlic and mustard seed, saute until the onion has softened, about 5 minutes. Add 4 cups of water, season with the salt and white pepper and bring to a simmer. Stir in the miso, mirin and soy sauce and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the spinach, tomatoes, scallions, avocado, lemon juice, cilantro, basil, and orzo and simmer until heated through.

More about: , , ,

You Might Also Like:

Featured Recipe

More Recipes

Meet the Team

About The Team

Whether it’s finding the best goat tacos in LA, spotting a well-worn vintage bag in Sweden, or interviewing the “crab man” selling seafood on a corner in Harlem, we tell stories seen from Chef Marcus Samuelsson‘s point of view. MarcusSamuelsson.com strives to create conversations about food, nutrition, culture, art, and design. We want to find Read More


Streetbird Rotisserie
Marcus’ Bermuda
Eatery Social Taqueria
Red Rooster Harlem
Ginny’s Supper Club
Uptown Brasserie
American Table Cafe and Bar
Kitchen and Table
American Table Brasserie and Bar
Marc Burger