Homemade Tomato and Cilantro Soup

The hubs and I went to the cabin this weekend….by far our favorite getaway. A place to relax in nature, read about anything and everything, and spend time with each other with zero distractions.

To celebrate the first day of fall (soup season), Nick decided to make one of his favorite soups to enjoy with a beautiful sunset.

Everything about this soup is heavenly.  Definitely one of my all time favorites.

The perfect soup to make for the cold months ahead.

(Recipe adapted from The Soup Bible)

Ingredients (makes 4 servings):

1 lb of roma tomatoes

1 can of white beans

1 onion, diced

2 tbsp olive oil (enough to coat bottom of pan to saute onions and garlic)

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 can of vegetable stock

1.5 tbsp tomato paste

1/4 cup chopped cilantro (large handful)- use more or less to taste

1 tsp paprika

(add more water or vegetable stock if you prefer a “soupier” soup)

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Bring a pot of water to a boil (enough to cover your bowl of tomatoes). While the water is heating up, wash and score the bottom of the tomatoes.

2.  Place all of your scored tomatoes in a glass bowl. Pour your boiling water over the tomatoes. Let sit for 2-3 minutes.

3. Not pictured, but an important step: While the tomatoes are resting in the hot water, coarsely dice your onion and mince your garlic. Add 2 tbsp of olive oil to a large pot and add your garlic and diced onion. Saute on medium heat for 5-10 minutes (until golden brown).

4. While your onion/garlic mixture is cooking, drain the tomato water. Let the tomatoes cool to touch…then gently peel back the skin (should peel very easily).

5.  Coarsely chop your tomatoes into slices, then quarters.

6. When your onions and garlic are ready, add the tomatoes, paprika, vegetable broth, salt, pepper, and tomato paste. Bring to a boil, then turn down and simmer uncovered for 20-25 minutes.

7.  After the simmer, add the beans and cook for another 12 minutes.

8. Add the cilantro right before serving!

9. Serve up some delicious bowls of tomato and cilantro soup!

10. Or serve with some  homemade bread, pita, tortilla chips, or popovers and enjoy the PERFECT and MOST DELICIOUS soup for the fall and/or winter!

…and I highly recommend finding a beautiful sunset to enjoy with this soup 🙂

Cheers and happy evolving.

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