Venus de Milo Soup Recipe -
Venus de Milo Soup Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Venus de Milo Soup

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"This my version of a popular soup served at a well-known banquet facility in southeastern Massachusetts. It is simple to prepare using common ingredients you may already have on hand in your pantry and freezer. Feel free to vary the basic recipe with in-season fresh veggies and low-fat turkey or veggie-soy burger for the ground beef."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    35 mins


  1. Cook the ground beef in a large pot over medium heat until completely browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Drain as much fat from the beef as possible. Add the onion and garlic to the beef; cook and stir until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, onion soup mix, beef bouillon cubes, bay leaf, mixed vegetables, and water to the ground beef mixture. Raise heat to medium-high, and bring the mixture to a boil. Stir the orzo pasta into the boiling liquid; cook until the orzo is tender, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper to serve.
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  • Cook's Note
  • If you plan on using a slow cooker to prepare in advance, or you are not serving right away, you may want to cook orzo separately, adding to soup just prior to serving to prevent pasta from getting too soft.

Reviews More Reviews

Feb 12, 2012

This was simply the best soup I have had in awhile. Really amazing and filling. My whole family loved it!

Oct 07, 2012

Much better the next day!


15 Ratings

Jan 14, 2013

This went over very well with my family, even the picky eaters. Added oregano, red pepper flakes, sage, basil, and parsley. Upped bouillon to 3 cubes and garlic to 3 tsp. This makes a LOT of soup, had enough to feed 3 of us, save at least another meal's worth for leftovers in fridge, and freeze another meal's worth as well.

Mar 10, 2014

This soup was wonderful! Easy to make, economical and the whole family loved it! I subbed beef broth for the water and bouillon, but otherwise followed the recipe. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, lizchedid!

Jan 17, 2013

At first I thought I added too much water...definitely thickened up after cooking. I did use ground chicken instead of beef. I very much enjoyed this soup, especially with a liberal dose of red pepper. Gave it only 4 stars because my daughter did not like it. Dad said it "was good."

Dec 08, 2013

I worked at the Venus for years. You forgot three important parts, the mushrooms, the grated Parmesan Romano and the bread for dipping!!!!!

Nov 24, 2013

My entire family loves this soup. I have made it a few times and followed the recipe to a tee. It tastes just like Venus.

Apr 15, 2013

I'm not usually a review writer but I feel this recipe is so good that it could use a little extra publicity! I found it when I was looking for a good/quick/easy winter recipe to use up the orzo that had been sitting in the cabinet for a while. Typically I aim for recipes with more reviews but since all the other reviewers raved about it and I happened to have almost all of the ingredients, I decided to give it a try. I was not disappointed. The first time I made the recipe, I followed it exactly and it was fantastic! I made it a second time tonight (perfect for freak April snowstorms in CO), but instead of using beef, I substituted homemade, ground, game sausage. It really made a great soup truly outstanding! As a bonus, the leftovers are really good too. I plan on freezing some this time around so I'm curious to see how it tastes after that considering it has pasta in it. But seeing as how this recipe makes SO much soup, I don't want any to go to waste once the weather warms back up by the end of the week! Usually with this type of recipe I would take a lot of liberty, especially in the spice department, but with this one I think it's pretty perfect the way it is! It's got to be something about the combo of the onion soup mix and bouillon gives that gives this recipe a little of that je ne sais quoi factor! Bon Appetite!


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  • Calories
  • 254 kcal
  • 13%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 32.5 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 36 mg
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 7.8 g
  • 12%
  • Fiber
  • 5.5 g
  • 22%
  • Protein
  • 16.3 g
  • 33%
  • Sodium
  • 854 mg
  • 34%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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