It’s SOUP weather again! And nothing says love in the belly like some warm soul food in a bowl. This is my FAVORITE tomato soup. Probably because in my opinion garlic should be its own food group. Enjoy this dairy-free and gluten-free goodness.
2 bulbs garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil (plus a little extra for the garlic)
1 cup long-grain brown rice (make sure to use long grain and not short grain)
2 bay leaves
2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 teaspoons salt
several pinches of freshly ground pepper
2 (28-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
1 (15-ounce) can navy beans, drained and rinsed
Preheat the oven to 425.
For the roasted garlic: Cut about 1/2 inch off the top of each garlic bulb, drip a bit of olive oil on each of the garlic bulbs, wrap in aluminum foil and roast in oven for 45 minutes until soft.
While garlic is roasting, preheat a soup pot over medium heat with tablespoon of oil. Add the rice, bay leaves, thyme, salt and pepper and cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes. Add the crushed tomatoes, then fill up the can with water twice and add the water.
Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for about 45 minutes. Remove the garlic from the oven. When it is cool enough to handle, squeeze the roasted garlic out of its skin and into a small bowl. Use a fork to mash garlic to a smooth consistency, then add to soup once the rice is nearly tender.
When rice is completely cooked, add the beans and heat through. Then it’s ready to serve – just remove the bay leaves beforehand. It makes a lot and freezes well so you can enjoy leftovers.