Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Quick Weeknight Meals: 4 Ingredient, 1 Pot Soup

It reached 75° here today, which is officially not soup weather. However, Aaron and I can eat soup year round. We once invited a friend over for dinner in the middle of a Santa Barbara heat wave, and after serving soup and tea, realized that perhaps we were a little strange.

So I decided to share this soup recipe with you, and if it is too hot where you are, save it for winter, because it is a splendidly simple, scrumptious soup that takes hardly any time at all to cook.

1 12 oz. package of sun dried tomato chicken sausage
1 16 oz. bag Peruvian Style Chimichurri Rice
1 32 oz. carton of Organic Creamy Tomato Soup
Extra virgin olive oil

(all ingredients purchased at Trader Joe’s)


1. Cook the sausage in a pan according to package directions.

2. Pour a tablespoon or two of extra virgin olive oil into a soup pot, and add the bag of chimichurri rice. Coat the rice in the oil and let it cook for about 1-2 minutes (longer if you have frozen the bag of rice, as I usually do).

3. While the rice is cooking, cut the sausage into bite size pieces, and add to the rice.

4. Immediately pour in the carton of tomato soup, and bring to a boil to heat all the way through.

This recipe serves 2 people, but can be easily doubled for a family of four or five.

It’s also easily adaptable for vegetarians; simply add in one 15 oz. can of black beans to complete the protein found in the rice.

We also think that Trader Joe’s Andouille sausage would be delicious in the soup as well, but were pretty amazed at how perfectly the sun dried tomato sausage blended with the chimichurri flavors.

This recipe takes about 20 to 30 minutes to make, making it the perfect meal for those weeknights when life is busy and you really don’t feel like cooking! It’s a meal that Aaron asks for over and over, so it is husband approved.

I made this recipe for lunch today, since Wednesday is one of my writing days at home, and Aaron was home studying. We have an old wooden picnic table in the back yard, and Aaron’s Nana gave us a tablecloth to cover it, so we took the soup outside and ate it surrounded by lovely green spring leaves. We finished the entire pot! Hobbes gave us a piece of her mind last night when we ate dinner outdoors, but this afternoon she was content to let us enjoy the sunshine. 

They grow up so fast.
It’s so amazing to me how all the plants can die over the winter and then come back so brilliantly. I spent some extra time outdoors just taking pictures of all the incredible plant growth and thought I would share a few with you all. Happy Spring!

Heart shaped leaves.

A bumblebee hard at work.
The pathway to our second yard or a magical land...take your pick.
I love the patterns created by the fern.
We live in a forest again!

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