This came together fairly quickly and was really easy to make. It had a ton of flavor, even though I went easy on the hot sauce, and went really well with the leftover bread I used too (Pumpernickel and rye). I even have a bunch leftover in the freezer for a rainy day or even for lunch club when my turn comes up!
Sopa de Pedra from Everyday with Rachael Ray December/January 2008
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), plus more for drizzling
- 1/2 pound chorizo, ham or leftover meat, chopped
- 2 large baking potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
- 4 ribs celery, chopped
- 3 to 4 carrots, chopped
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 to 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- Salt and pepper
- One 15.5-ounce can chickpeas, drained
- 1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
- 6 cups chicken broth
- One 15-ounce can diced tomatoes or tomato sauce
- 2 tablespoons hot pepper sauce
- 2 cups cubed stale bread
- Chopped flat-leaf parsley, for garnish
- In a soup pot, heat 2 tablespoons EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the chorizo and cook for 2 minutes. Add the potatoes, celery, carrots, onion, garlic and bay leaf; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are softened, 7 to 8 minutes.
- Add the chickpeas and season with the paprika. Stir in the chicken broth, tomatoes and hot sauce and bring to a boil, about 6 minutes. Lower the heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
- Place 1/2 cup bread cubes in each of 4 bowls and drizzle with EVOO. Pour in the soup; top with parsley.