Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tomato Rice Soup

My husband has been making this soup longer than I’ve known him. That’s a lot of years! It’s our go to soup for a comforting meal for travelers.

Tomato Rice Soup

1 medium onion chopped
5 cloves garlic minced
olive oil
1- 28 oz. can of petite diced tomatoes
6 cups chicken broth
1- 6 oz. can of tomato paste
4-5 small bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
*small pinch of saffron
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds crushed in mortar with pestle
1/2 cup uncooked rice
salt and pepper to taste

Heat olive oil in heavy bottomed pot or cast iron dutch oven and add chopped onion. Cook until almost translucent and add garlic. Cook the onion and garlic for a minute or two longer and then add the diced tomatoes. Cook till bubbly. Add broth and tomato paste. Add all the bay leaves and spices. Add any salt and pepper to taste. When the soup comes to a boil add the rice and return to boil. Lower heat and allow to simmer partially covered until rice is cooked. Remove bay leaves before serving.

*Saffron is expensive so if you don't have it in your pantry you can omit this ingredient although it adds a nice dimension to the soup.

Serve with a good loaf of bread.


  1. Beautiful presentation Ellen. I love the addition of fennel to the soup.

  2. As one who has had the privilege of enjoying this soup straight from the source - boy is it delicious!!

  3. That really sounds good. Have never tried tomato soup with rice. Definitely will try this one!

  4. comfort food with a twist. like it. (you may want to correct the spelling of tomato in your title )

  5. We have been surviving on soup at our house recently (flu season), so this looks very inviting, thank you for sharing it.

  6. AngAK! Thank you for the heads up!

  7. This brings back wonderful memories of my moms from-scratch tomato rice soup...I just loved it. Will definitely have to give this one a try.

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  9. Well, as I could have guessed..... I tried this soup and loved it, but my kids said, "its too much tomato". I substituted orzo noodles for the rice. I thought that would appease them, but no such luck. I liked it and would make it again for myself. It is very healthy; lots of good-for-you tomatoes and low in fats and carbs.

  10. I love this idea! It's a great pantry meal that could be made quickly for last minute guests. We can never eat too much soup in San Francisco!

  11. Sounds wonderful...Does this freeze well?

    1. Jenny, It probably freezes well but we've never had enough left over to freeze so I'm just assuming it does...