Loaded Tomato Soup

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What’s going on mes amis?

Are all of you beautiful beings surviving the infamous “hump day”? If you’re struggling, never fear, it’s almost over! If you live on the East Coast, that is. Sorry Westerners, but you’ve got a few extra hours to endure.

In an effort to lessen the pain of the Winter Wednesday Blues, I thought I would share a tasty soup recipe with all of you, because who doesn’t like soup during the colder months? Especially when it’s loaded tomato soup. I made this the other week and well, I thought it was delicious; my family seemed to be in agreement, too. Plus, you know exactly what the ingredients are… and they’re good for you!

Isn't she pretty?

Isn’t she pretty?

Ingredients:

  • 2 c tomatoes (one 16 oz can of diced, or whole tomatoes, crushed)
  • 1/2 c rice
  • 1/2 c chickpeas
  • 1 T cilantro or parsley
  • 1/2 t cumin powder
  • 4 c vegetable/chicken/beef stock (or even water)
  • 1 T EVOO
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a heavy bottomed pan, heat EVOO, then add garlic, cumin and onion. Cook until onions are soft, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add crushed/canned tomatoes and 1/2 t salt. Crush tomatoes as much as you can during this step.
  3. Add stock/water and bring to a boil at high heat. Once boiling, bring down to a simmer and let sit, covered for 20 minutes.
  4. Puree the soup in one or two batches to make it smooth. I used my Vitamix for this.
  5. Return broth mixture back to pot (strain if you feel this is necessary, I didn’t), add the rice and chickpeas and cook on stove until everything is warm and ready to eat.
  6. Serve in a bowl and garnish with parsley/cilantro. Devour!

If you aren’t the biggest fan of chickpeas, this is a great way to start becoming accustomed. If you really hate them, you can easily substitute with chicken – I would recommended small chunks or even shredded.

Hearty for the body and soul <3

Hearty for the body and soul ❤

Well, that’s all I’ve got for you lovely individuals tonight. I am extremely sore at the moment – I climbed and worked out at the regular gym yesterday and then went to the regular gym today – so my agenda for the rest of the night is as follows: turn on heated blanket –> watch Grimm –> sleep.

G’night everyone!

About azuremarie

I'm Azure; a healthy dose of eccentricity best taken with a grain of salt. I am often described as sassy. I have a fondness for words and those who can twist them in their mouth to create something exquisite. I read a lot, delight in live music, have a mild obsession with honey bees, and am baller at boggle. I believe that being normal is boring and love bright colors. Oftentimes, I prefer the company of animals to people; particularly dogs and horses, but have recently joined team cat. I love to travel and learn. I want to be able to experience our world, as well as help it. Oh, and unicorns exist.

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