Sunday, February 12, 2012

A Week Gone Vegetarian: Tortilla Soup

This recipe was so good! The charred vegetables really add that extra umpf. You will be going back for seconds, I promise. What a tasty way to end our week of vegetarian eating. I adapted this recipe from Rachel Ray's, which says it's 4 servings, but it's more like 6.


Vegetable or corn oil, for drizzling, plus 2 tablespoons
3 ears corn on the cob or 2 ears fresh-frozen cobs, defrosted
1 red bell pepper, split and seeded
1 pack firm or extra firm tofu packed in water, drained & cubed
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning, 1/3 palm full
1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/3 palm full
Salt and pepper
1 small to medium zucchini, small dice
1 medium yellow skinned onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 to 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (medium to hot heat level), chopped
1 (28-ounce) can stewed tomatoes
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
3 cups vegetable stock
4 cups blue corn tortilla chips, broken up into large pieces
1 cup shredded Cheddar or pepper jack cheese
1/2 cup sour cream

1/4 red raw onion, chopped
2 to 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro or parsley leaves
1 ripe avocado, diced and dressed with the juice of 1/2 lemon


1. Heat a grill pan to high and a soup pot to medium-high. Drizzle oil on corn and place on grill pan. Add red pepper to grill with corn. Char vegetables 10 minutes, total, turning occasionally. Remove to cool, 5 minutes. Remove charred skin from the pepper.

2. While vegetables cook, pat tofu dry with paper towels. Cut into 1"cubes. Add 2 tablespoons oil to hot soup pot and cook tofu with poultry seasoning, cumin, salt and pepper until browned. Transfer tofu to a small bow. Add zucchini, onions, garlic and chipotle peppers to pot, adding a tad more oil if necessary. Cook vegetables 5 to 7 minutes to soften. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce and vegetable stock. Bring soup to a bubble, reduce heat to medium low.

3. Scrape corn off cob and add to soup along with the tofu. Chop grilled red pepper and stir into soup. Add chips to soup in handfuls and fold in. Serve soup immediately with a scatter of shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream. Top with any or all of the suggested garnishes.

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