Happy Halloween! I hope you all are enjoying this fun day of Tricks and Treats, especially if you have little ones. It has been a few years since I had trick or treaters at home, but what hasn’t changed is the need to keep dinner simple.
Halloween Throw Back
I always like to make a quick and easy dinner on Halloween, so that I’m not trying to prepare a meal as I’m running back and forth to the front door. I actually made this soup yesterday, and having leftovers tonight, but this recipe is so easy, you probably already have the ingredients in your pantry, and it won’t take long to make. This recipe calls for four cups chicken stock which you can pick up at the store, or you can use homemade which I prefer. There is pasta in this recipe which you can omit, or if you want a gluten free option you can substitute. This soup does have a cream base, which can be altered if you don’t do dairy. After a little experimentation, I found that coconut cream works well without really altering the flavor. You can also substitute with a non dairy milk, however the soup will be a little thinner. With that said, here’s the recipe.
Tomato Soup (Serves 4-6)
3 Tablespoons olive oil
3 cups yellow onions (I use Vidalia or sweet) chopped fine
1 Tablespoon minced garlic (I use two large cloves)
4 cups chicken stock
1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste ( I start with 1 Tbsp. salt and 1 tsp. pepper)
1/2 orzo pasta
1/2 cup heavy cream
I start by boiling water in a medium pot and adding the orzo, cooking for about 7 minutes. Drain the orzo and set aside.
In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over a medium flame. Chop and add the onions and cook over medium-low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until light golden brown.
Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the chicken stock, tomatoes, salt and pepper. Bring the soup to a boil then lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
Stir in the cream, add orzo, and continue to simmer for 10-15 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
Grilled Cheese Croutons
We all know that tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches go hand in hand. I love mine on Ezekiel sprouted grain bread with Manchego cheese, however the rest of my family enjoys a more traditional grilled cheese sandwich. You can serve your sandwich on the side, cut it into cubes and scatter over your soup, or dunk your sandwich. Either way, it’s delicious!
Have a fun and safe Halloween! ~May
“Soup is cozy.”