Smokey Tomato & Rice Soup

The days are starting to stretch and we have snowdrops under our birch tree.  I bought a bunch of daffodils at the supermarket last weekend and there’s a cherry tree down our road that has a few blossoms on it.  I’m not saying Spring is here or even that it’s on its way, but I am  slowly starting to remember what spring is like and that’s really rather nice indeed.

All this said, it was -5 oC this morning and my fingers almost dropped off scraping frost off the car.   Soup season is most definitely still here.  This one’s a cracker.  :)

Smokey Tomato & Rice Soup

Olive oil

2 sticks of celery, finely chopped

1 onion, finely chopped

4 plump garlic cloves, finely chopped

25g rice

25g red lentils

1 tspn smoked paprika (you may need to increase this if your smoked paprika isn’t really smokey)

1 tspn paprika

1 tpsn cumin

½ tspn cayenne pepper or chilli powder (if your smoked paprika is hot you won’t need this  – taste the spices)

500g passata (sieved tomatoes – you could use normal tinned tomatoes but the consistency will be less velvety)

1.5 ltr chicken or vegetable stock (made from a cube is fine)

150g frozen sweetcorn

  • Heat a good splash of olive oil in a large pan.  Add the onion and celery and fry gently until softened (about 10 mins).  Add the garlic and spices to the pan and stir well.
  • Cook for another minute before adding the rice, lentils, passata and stock.  Simmer gently for 20 mins.  Add the sweetcorn and cook for a futher 10 mins until the rice and lentils are soft.
  • Season and serve.

11 thoughts on “Smokey Tomato & Rice Soup

  1. It started snowing last night and I was wondering what I had on hand to make soup with ….and Bingo ! I’ve got everything but the sweetcorn .
    Off to make some for lunch …….

  2. Hi Wendy. I just happened upon your gorgeous blog while noodling around looking for some inspiration this cold winter morning. I do a similar soup with smoked paprika, and looking around I see a lot of similarity in our approach and ingredient choice. I am cancer health educator at the Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres in Edinburgh and Fife, and my blog is an extension of my work, with mainly vegetarian family cooking. Great to find a fellow Scotland-based food blogger who is emphasising the healthy and delicious side of seasonal cooking.

  3. This looks like such a flavorful soup! And comforting too. Lately I’ve been enjoying all the blossoming plum trees in my neighborhood which makes me miss Japan. It gives me a little glimpse of spring as well! Can’t wait to try this recipe. Hope all is well with you, Wendy!

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