Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Provencal Tomato Rice Soup

In the French Provence region this tomato soup is served all summer long.  It's quick and easy; perfect when you don't have a lot of time yet want a really flavorful treat!
Here's a quick video that shows you just how easy Provencal Tomato Rice Soup is!

Provencal Tomato Rice Soup
2 pounds fresh tomatoes
1 onion
1 carrot
1 stalk celery
4 cloves garlic
1 T. orange zest
2 T. tomato paste
smidge of saffron
Pinch of red pepper flakes
1 T. oregano
2 T. tomato paste
2 t. sugar
1 ½ c. chicken stock
3 cups water
¼ cup rice
Thinly slice the onion
Mince the carrot, celery, garlic & oregano
Warm 3 T. olive oil in a large stock pot
Add the onions, carrot, celery, oregano, garlic and orange zest
Sweat covered for 15 minutes
Peel seed and rough chop the tomatoes
Add the tomatoes to the stock pot along with the tomato paste, sugar, saffron, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper
Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes
Blend and add the rice
Simmer for 15 minutes until rice is cooked
Serve hot

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