In the song Ironic, the lyrics were all too fitting for my yesterday’s lunch ordeal:
It’s like ten-thousand spoons when all you need is a knife.
I took this soup for lunch yesterday, and there was no spoon around…and I had forgotten to bring one from home. There were knives and forks, but no spoons. It’ll be the last time I make that mistake again…hopefully. A lunch of hummus, celery, and Greek yogurt somehow didn’t cut it.
Thanks to another recipe swap, I was pushed outside of my comfort zone and fell in love with another new recipe. A soup recipe..that was supposed to be lunch yesterday. A soup recipe with a traditional tomato base, flavorful red onion, heat from sriracha, and tang from rich blue cheese.
When I was describing the soup to Mr. Prevention, he was much more certain than I that it would be good. Admittedly, I was skeptical and admittedly, I was (once again!) very wrong. This blend of flavors has depth and a definite wow-factor!
Spicy Blue Cheese and Tomato Soup adapted from Chef Michael Symon’s, recommended by Around the Table: Loving Food in RI and Beyond…
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
pinch of Kosher salt
4 cloves garlic, minced
28 oz can crushed tomatoes (no added salt)
1 1/2 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
1 cup whole milk
2 Tbsp sriracha sauce
1 Tbsp fresh oregano leaves, chopped
1/2 cup (2 oz) blue cheese
Heat the olive oil in a 4-quart pot over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the onion and salt and sweat for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to sweat for 2 more minutes.
Add the tomato and stock and bring to a simmer. Add the milk, sriracha sauce, and oregano and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
Add the blue cheese and blend soup in a blender or by using an immersion blender (you can also omit this step for a slightly chunky soup). Serve with additional sriracha and blue cheese, if desired.
Yield: 4 servings (about 1 1/3 cups each)
Nutrition Information (per serving): 196 calories; 9.5 g. fat; 18 mg. cholesterol; 583 mg. sodium; 18 g. carbohydrate; 2.8 g. fiber; 9.8 g. protein
Result: Tangy – between the sriracha, onion, and blue cheese, this soup is surely not short on flavor! This soup comes together in about 20 minutes and is very unique. I absolutely loved the blending of the various flavors…it just worked!
Workout then work. I’m looking forward happy hour with my business partner already!