Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Tomato Rice Soup with Savory Cheese and Chive Bread ~French Fridays with Dorie Recipe~

Tomato Rice Soup
In a food processor, mince:
3 ribs Celery
3 Carrots
1 Onion
This combination of vegetables, known as mirepoix, serves as the flavor foundation for any number of dishes.

In a deep skillet over medium heat, saute:
1/2 cup Olive Oil
2 cloves, Garlic, minced
Minced Vegetables
Stir until vegetables begin to soften, then add:
1 teaspoon Italian Herb Mix 
1/2 teaspoon each Salt & Pepper
4 Tomatoes, cubed
Continue stirring until Tomatoes begin to lose their skins, then pour in
4 cups Chicken Broth
1 cup Rice (I like thick soup -  if you like it brothy, reduce rice to 1/2 cup)

Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until rice is cooked.  Top with shredded Italian Blend Cheese.

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Savory Cheese and Chive Bread

This week's French Fridays with Dorie challenge is this fluffy egg bread studded with herbs and cheese.  Dorie says it looks like an American quick bread, and it does, but the texture is so much lighter. 
 I used Cheddar Cheese, Chives, Sage, and Tarragon in mine.  Dorie says it's great to nibble with wine - I agree - and think I'll make it for our next wine-tasting party.  It really couldn't be any easier!

A votre sante!

16 comments:

  1. Hi Susan, a steaming hot bowl of this soup would be so good, can you believe it was -20C here yesterday? :) And the savory cheese bread looks perfect! Your photos make me want to run to the kitchen and bake.

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  2. Your bread looks yummy! I can't wait to try your soup…looks fantastic!

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  3. Your bread is beautiful! I would love to have a bowl of that soup for lunch right now!

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  4. That soup just jumped out at me and looks amazingly delish! I must try it! Plus, your bread, great job with the bread--it looks picture perfect and very moist!

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  5. It's lunch time right now and you are making me really hungry! Beautiful foods.

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  6. Yum, yum, yum! I'm definitely trying your soup! Your bread looks lovely and the jadite? Beautiful! :)

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  7. What a wonderful combination. I absolutely love the big chunks of cheese, all browned up and delicious.

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  8. A perfect meal for a winter evening! Very nice.

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  9. What a pretty loaf. I like the orange "jewels" of cheese. Perfect with your bowl of soup!

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  10. Really nice pictures! Your soup sounds wonderful.

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  11. Love your bowls! Are they antique? They look like they are - urg I can't remember the word....
    What a great post!

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  12. Love love loved your post !! Your photos are gorgeous and I was so happy to see your soup and the recipe included. What a perfect combo. Nana and I were so delighted with how easy this one was. Me perhaps a little more so, since I barely got it done by Friday evening....

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  13. That is a really beautiful bread and it certainly is a perfect accompaniment to the tomato soup. I love both or either for lunch or dinner. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

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  14. I love your soup bowl! And the bread is a pretty photogenic one, I agree:) My whole family loved it and I am elated with the ease and versatility of the recipe.

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  15. I bet this bread went wonderfully well with the tomato rice soup. Looks and sounds like a perfect combination.

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