Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Cheesy Tomato Soup

On wintry days such as this, it seems that the only way to get and stay warm is by starting from the inside out. A nice warm bowl of soup seemed like the perfect way to accomplish this today. I was thankful that I had the ingredients for this recipe and didn't have to venture out into the ice and snow.

Cheesy Tomato Soup

2 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup uncooked whole grain brown rice
1 cup onions, diced
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
salt and pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 quart chicken broth
1 1/2 cups V-8 juice
1 cup fat-free half-and-half
4 oz 2% Velveeta cheese, cubed

In soup pot heat olive oil, add rice, onion, sweet potato and pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper and saute for 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute for another minute or two. Stir in chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until veggies and rice are tender. Working in batches, puree mixture in blender and return to pan. Add in the V-8 juice and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in half-and-half and Velveeta. Stir until cheese is melted and soup is smooth.

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