Good Monday Morning everybody! I hope your weekend was fabulous! This weekend Nick & I made our way to Pennsylvania so he could get scuba certified. Since the certification classes were held in my hometown we visited with my momma and one my long lost friends! All in all it was a pretty exciting weekend. I stuffed my face with my favorite pizza and cheese steaks and then topped it off with hanging out with my friend Rebecca on Sunday afternoon.
Let me tell you about Rebecca. She is awesome [period]. We met just over four years ago in a Law Office that will remain nameless for reasons that go beyond this foodie section of my blog. Trust me, we quickly bonded over many things, but one of those things was a common dislike for a schlep of a boss. I will forever refer to her as RLR. Our paths crossed while we were both overhauling our lives. Maybe that is why we get along so well? She is a pretty bad ass attorney that gets the job done for all of those families out there suffering through something unpleasant.
Somewhere along the line we both got our wits about us and moved on from our schlep of a boss; now she is thriving in at an amazing office and doing great things along the way. However, I moved away. I moved far, far away. In the moments when I was moving, RLR was creating a new family. You see, she married her high school sweetheart, became a step-momma to one of the coolest kids that I know and somehow managed to create two beautiful babies all while I was finding a new path in life. I was amazed but sad that I was missing it all.
Yesterday we were reunited. I met her two beautiful baby girls and tried to frantically catch up on the last 2 years of life. Facebook correspondence does not compare to sitting down and reminiscing, catching up and laughing with a friend. I am so glad that we were able to visit with her beautiful family yesterday.
I bet you are all wondering why I am telling you about my powerhouse attorney friend, huh? Well amongst friends, food always tastes better. Now RLR has told me for years about this amazing Tortilla Soup she serves up in minutes. I love a good Tortilla Soup so I was pretty excited when she suggested making it for us yesterday. There was no passing up that offer. I had something else to blog about, but this soup was too good to pass up sharing about. And it is perfect for this installation of Meatless Monday! I only have a picture or two because I was too busy catching up while she was quickly making it and I was too worried about eating it quickly after that first bite; yes, it was that good.
Here is what you will need:
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 1 (29 ounce can) crushed tomatoes
- 2 cloves garlic, pressed
- Handful of jalapeno slices, or 1 jalapeno small diced
- ½ one large sweet onion, emphasis on sweet onion
- A few tablespoons cilantro
- Squirt or two of lime juice
- Tortilla chips
- Shredded cheese
- Sour cream
- Add chicken broth and bring to a simmer
- Add the can of tomatoes and garlic
- In a food processor add jalapeno, onion and cilantro and blend into a paste
- Add to pot and allow to simmer for about 20 minutes
- When you are ready to eat, you can assemble your bowl of soup any way you like.
We put some tortilla chips and cheese on the bottom of the bowl and then added the soup & sour cream! If you wanted you could put the soup, then tortilla chips and cheese on the top. You can do it however you like! It’s easy to dress this soup up any way you like; add avocado, chicken, pork, or corn. I made a chicken tortilla soup almost 2 months and it was out of this world, but included a bunch of different spices. This was perfectly seasoned just as RLR made it! I could not believe it!!
Happy Monday Everybody & I hope you give this a try!
Until Next Time,
Happy Tortilla Soup Makin’