Thursday, October 20, 2005

Tomato Soup with Rice

This is not the most exciting of soups, but I tell you what it is: easy, and fairly good for you. It's a weight watcher's recipe, very low cal, and... yeah, pretty good. I liked it. I will make it again. I might fiddle a bit with the seasoning - I used herbs this time, but I have a feeling it'll benefit from a more Indian vibe too, with cumin and chili. Maybe curry. Anyway, it's pretty good as it is.

Tomato Soup with Rice
serves 2

1 small yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 tsp olive oil
500 ml crushed tomatoes
250 ml vegetable stock
1 tbsp honey
dried herbs - I used a small pinch each of sage, thyme, basil, oregano and tarragon
40 g (1/2 dl) basmati rice

Heat the oil, and fry the onion and the garlic for a couple of minutes on medium heat. Add the tomatoes, the stock and the honey, and let it simmer. It should be at least 10 minutes - more if you have the time. Tomatoes always seem to benefit from time on the stove. I let mine simmer for about half an hour. Add the herbs and the rice, and let it simmer, covered, for another 20 minutes. At the end, use more water to dilute soup to your desired thickness. Serve with a good crusty bread.

Umm, my blog birthday is coming up this Saturday.. is it absolutely ridiculous to buy your blog a gift? I'm eying a bright red metallic espresso maker.. Hm. Will think about it.


Nic said...

I think that your blog deserves a birthday gift. I haven't thought of one for mine yet, but our blog birthdays are right around the same time. I think I feel a bit of a connection with you and Niki since we started together (yet apart). I'm pretty sure that Zarah started around the same time, too.

Kevin said...


The simplicity of that recipe is really appealing.

And your blog definitely deserves a gift.

Zarah Maria said...

Oh you should most definitely buy your blog a gift - in fact, I think it's such a great idea to do such a thing I might go out and buy mine a belated one!

Niki said...

Gosh, and I though making a gooey cake was a bit much! Why not buy a gift? People don't treat themselves nearly enough. :-)
Yes, it's interesting that Nic, you and I all started up about the same time. Zarah Maria actually got in earlier; I saw her blog birthday a few weeks ago.

Anne said...

Ah, blog sisters - of course we all deserve birthday gifts, AND cake. But with that scary soufflé coming up, I don't know if I'll have time - or room! - for cake so I might have to break down and buy a piece instead. :) We'll see.

Kevin - thank you! I completely agree. :)

Christa said...

I'm trying out this tomato soup for lunch today :) So far it smells like heaven :D
And I believe in keeping it simple. Often it taste better.