I can’t always make it out to the grocery store as often as I’d like, so I am always happy to find a recipe that calls for ingredients that I always have on hand. Joanne Chang’s Smoky Tomato and Potato soup from Flour, Too is just such a recipe. As an added bonus, you cook it all in one pot – fewer dirty dishes! The original recipe is vegan; all I did was add chorizo and smoked paprika.
Smoky Tomato and Chorizo Soup
Serves 4 as a main course
2 links of chorizo, removed from casings (roughly 1/2 lb)
3 garlic cloves, smashed
1 T olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 large carrot, peeled and diced
1 small russet potato, peeled and diced
2 T tomato paste
1 t smoked paprika
2 28-oz cans tomatoes (fire roasted works really well)
2.5-3 c vegetable stock (water works just fine)
1 t red pepper flakes
Smoked salt and black pepper to taste
Heat a dutch oven (or large saucepan) over medium heat. Brown the ground chorizo, breaking up any chunks as you cook. Once the sausage is fully cooked, remove the sausage from the pot, leaving the fat in the pot. Add garlic to the pot, cooking for 3-4 minutes, being careful not to let it burn. Add the garlic to the sausage, leaving the fat in the pot; set aside.
Add 1 T olive oil to the pot. Add onion, carrot, potato, tomato paste, and paprika to the pot; stir over medium heat for 5-6 minutes until the onion is soft. Return the garlic and chorizo to the pot, followed by the tomatoes. Add 2.5 cups of water – you can always add more later if you prefer a thinner soup. Add the red pepper flakes, smoked salt, and pepper, and bring the soup to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 15 minutes. If you’re not sure if the soup is ready, test a potato chunk – you should be able to smash it very easily against the side of the pot.
Remove soup from heat. If you have an immersion blender, puree the soup. Alternately, puree the soup in a blender in batches (be sure to leave the hole at the top of the blender open since the soup is still hot!)
Add additional smoked salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately, preferably with a little garnish of grated manchego or parmesan. More preferably, with a grilled cheese sandwich of manchego on a fresh multigrain bread. 🙂