Comforting delicious soup to have on a cold day. Made with rice that make the soup thicker and more filling.
Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
red bell pepper
fresh pealed tomatoes (I'll tell you below how to peel properly)
Salt and pepper by your taste
Juice from half a lemon
Wash the tomatoes and cut an x shape on each one, arrange them on a plate and put it in the microwave for 7 minutes.
Let the tomatoes cool a bit and then peel them – after the microwave cooks the tomatoes, their skin comes off much easier.
Cut each tomato into 4 pieces.
In a big pot, sauté the onion with olive oil on high until it starts to change color (best if transparent then a light brown), add the garlic and continue to sauté for 1 more minute.
Add the carrots and bell pepper to the pot and cook for 2 minutes.
Add the peeled tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, salt and pepper, and then cover with boiling water (all 7 cups at once).
Cook for 25 minutes.
With an immersion blender, blend the soup to a unify texture.
Add the lemon juice and stir.
Add the rice if you wish and cook for another 15 minutes until the rice is ready.
Garnish with basil leaves and enjoy!
*If you like a more spicy taste than you can add spicy paprika or chili flakes.