best tomato soup ever

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Before you read this post, go over to the Empty Bobbin to see her newest's absolutely stunning!

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This soup recipe is almost as delicious as that quilt, so prepare yourselves! :)

I got this recipe out of the book, Veganomicon, and made it for the first time a few weeks ago. This is seriously the best tomato soup I've ever had in my life (other people agree, too) and it will make your house smell so mouthwateringly delicious!

best tomato soup ever

Tomato-Rice Soup with Roasted Garlic and Beans

Makes about 8-12 servings


2 bulbs garlic

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 medium yellow onion (diced very small)

1 cup long-grain brown rice (I used jasmine)

2 bay leaves

2 teaspoons dried thyme

1 teaspoon dried marjoram

2 teaspoons salt

fresh ground pepper

2 (28 oz) cans crushed (or diced) tomatoes

1 (15 oz) can navy beans/cannelloni beans/pinto beans


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut the tops off both of the garlic heads. Place the garlic on two small sheets of tin foil and drizzle olive oil over the top of each bulb. Wrap the bulbs in the tin foil, place on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 45 minutes.

Saute the oil and onions in a large soup pot over medium heat for 5-7 minutes, until translucent.

Add the rice, bay leaves, thyme, marjoram, salt and pepper and cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes.

Add the crushed tomatoes. Fill each can up with water and pour into the soup mixture (56 oz of water total).

Bring to a boil and then lower heat to medium-low for about 45 minutes.

When the garlic from the oven and let cool until it is cool enough to handle. Squeeze the roasted garlic out of the skin and then mash up the roasted garlic with a fork. Add the garlic to the soup when the rice is nearly tender.

When the rice is finished cooking, add the beans to the soup and heat through. Before serving, remove the bay leaves.


  1. I was just dreaming of tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches... were you reading my mind? Hee!
    And I saw the quilt the other day.. that quilt's on my to-do list... goodness knows when I'll be able to do it lol

  2. Hey! You should check out the "food for thought" podcast. Great info on vegan/vegetarian stuff. I have one of the cookbooks (the baking one) and love it.

  3. That soup looks delicious - and that quilt is amazing - thanks for the link!!

  4. I'm jotting down this recipe. I love tomato soup. Nothing better on a chilly night.

  5. Oh yum! You know how I feel about a good soup! I've been looking and reading more and more into vegan recipes--they are seeming 'right' to me at this moment.

  6. Rebekah, you are so kind. I wondered where all of the traffic was coming from!
    Being able to FINALLY blog about that quilt was such a joy, but also a lot of pressure.... when you've been working on something for two years, how do you sum it up in one post?
    I love visiting your blog. I think I've "read you" from the begining!
    I have a friend who wants to make a first quilt and I sent her pics of two of yours as ideas- your Turning Twenty and your fabulously colorful Plain Spoken!

  7. Your absolutely right, that quilt is amazing! Thanks for sharing the link :) I love tomato soup and it has become one of Jackson's favorites soups. I'm going to have to try this recipe, it sounds delicious!

  8. PS. I made the soup tonight. It was good! Even my finicky daughter who basically hates everything I cook, said it was good. Go figure.

  9. ooh it sounds right up my alley! thanks for the recipe...

  10. (i'm agree, that is an amazing quilt)
    thanks for sharing the recipe, it looks so great and i'm a tomate soup lover!

  11. I'm going to try this soup tomorrow. I love soup. And tomato is my favourite kind, but I've been sort of disappointed with other recipes lately. But the roasted garlic in this pretty much guarantees that it will be awesome.


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