I made this, one night, when my eyes were literally closing. Forget cooking, I didn’t even want to eat.
The other of lifting a fork to my mouth overwhelmed me. I am sure, many of us, have these days or evenings where everything looms large. I have them more, these days, when I am on extra duty for my job.
That night typified exhaustion but I knew, not eating, was not going to do me any good. I could see sleeping for an hour and waking up with hunger pains. Then, I would, very likely not fall back to sleep for hours. No, we were going to eat even if was lettuce without dressing.
Why I picked up Giada’s book up, I don’t know and why it opened to this soup is even more strange. Who am I to ask questions? I had dinner, Italian style, ready in a short while. Tomato soup, something I love and something comforting.
I will hang my head, in shame, for those of you who always cook from scratch, something I often do, very often, but not that night. This soup embarrassingly is made from bottled Marinara soup, boxed Vegetable Soup and canned beans plus a few extras. I, even peeled carrots…..Wow! Chopped an onion…..Double wow!!
Let me tell you, this soup was very good. It had flavor and was smooth and went down, easily and I loved it, at least that night. My instincts tell me, I would like it again and then again. It was not simply the desperation but I can keep it for another desperation night when sleep calls.
Quick and Spicy Tomato Soup adapted from Giada De Laurentiis
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 (26-ounce) jar marinara sauce
- 28 ounces vegetable broth
- 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 any small pasta
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Warm the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat.
Add the carrots and onion. and saute until soft, about 2 minutes.
Add the jar of marinara sauce, chicken broth, cannelloni beans, red pepper flakes, pasta, salt and pepper.
Simmer for 10 minutes.
Ladle into bowls and serve.
Eat and enjoy!