California Central Coast Recipes

Tomato and Rice Soup with Basil

Tomato and Rice Soup with Basil is a classic "comfort food" especially when served with the classic accompaniment of grilled cheese sandwiches (or even better, grilled cheese paninis!). If you love the taste of tomato and basil, once you try this soup, I bet you'll never be satisfied with that famous store-bought brand again!

This is a quick recipe to have in your cooking arsenal. It's easy to throw together and it is a real a "life-saver supper" for an unexpected crowd of guests. ©2018, Tomato and Rice Soup with Basil
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour
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2 to 3 Tablespoons Extra-virgin Olive Oil
1 medium-large white onion , chopped
5 -14.5 ounce canned tomatoes , partially drained and coarsely chopped
1 package (32 ounces) reduced sodium Chicken broth
1 can (14.5 ounce) reduced sodium Chicken broth
1/4 cup white rice
1/2 cup Italian parsley , chopped
1/3 cup Fresh Basil , chopped
Salt to taste
Freshly cracked Black pepper to taste

Preparation Directions.

1 Pour olive oil into a nonreactive large stockpot. Heat over medium-low heat. Add in chopped onion and saute until the onion is softened and lightly golden.

2 Add in the chopped tomatoes and continue to saute.

3 Add in the chicken broth and bring to a slow boil. When broth and tomatoes are simmering, add in the rice, salt and pepper.

4 Partially cover stockpot and continue to simmer for at least forty-five minutes.

5 A few minutes before finishing the cooking process, add in Italian parsley and Basil. Stir well to amalgamate. Correct seasonings to personal taste.

6 Serve in soup bowls accompanied by grilled cheese or Paninis sandwiches.

Wine and Food Pairing and Serving Suggestions.

Serve with a robust red such as a Sangiovese, Chianti or Zinfadel.

A tip from Sue!

Mark perishable ingredients

When ever you bring home a brand new spice, oil, vinegar, flour, sugar or other perishable ingredient, mark the bottle/container with the day’s date with a felt tip pen. Most "permanent markers" will write on just about any container.

That way if you don’t use it very much, but it’s been opened, you know how fresh it is. For an important meal don’t “submarine yourself” by using past expiration ingredients that have long lost their fresh taste and flavor.