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Snow days require hot soup! December 20, 2008

Posted by life2d in main course.
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I was planning to make a paella for dinner, but after coming in from a walk in the snow, my kids had decided that it should be a soup night. So, here is one of the soups I haven’t made in quite a while, even though it is one of my favourites (anything with okra would probably be a favourite of mine). I kinda came up with the recipe on my own, so I named it after the spices I’ve used. Very creative, I know… ­čÖé Anyway, the next day leftovers would be more of a jambalaya than a soup, as the liquid gets absorbed.

 

Cajun Soup
1 medium onion
2 garlic cloves
3 medium celery stalks, sliced
3 small/medium carrots, sliced
1 medium pepper, diced
3 cups frozen corn
1 lb frozen okra
3 cups chicken stock
4 + 2 cups water
1 can petite cut tomatoes
1 1/2 Tbsp Cajun spice + extra for the chicken
7 oz kielbasa sausage sliced small
5 frozen breast tenders
1 tsp salt
2 cups Minute rice

 

Coat bottom of large stockpot lightly with cooking spray. (I use Misto spray filled with extra-virgin olive oil). Place the chicken tenders in single layer in the pot, cover and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes turning occasionally. Season the chicken as you cook with the extra Cajun spices. Add kielbasa and remove chicken, cutting it into small pieces, then returning to pot. Chop onion and garlic in the electric chopper, add to pot along with sliced carrots. Saute for about 5 minutes. Add chicken broth, water, tomato, corn, salt and spices. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Add okra, celery and pepper, return to boil, then simmer another 5 minutes. Add rice, stir, cover and remove from heat. Let sit for 5 minutes, then serve with warm bread.

Takes 1 1/2 hours.

(Note to self: if using regular rice, add 1 cup rice with onion and carrots, then follow recipe. Add more simmer time if needed. To use more rice, add more water: 1 cup water per 1/2 cup rice)
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