Recipe: Not your mother’s tomato soup from Chef Mary’s Kitchen


LOS ANGELES, March 7th, 2014 — This tomato and rice soup will give you a sense of comfort during the cold winter months. I grew up eating grilled cheese and tomato soup, which is a classic among soups. This delicious version of tomato soup gives a bit of sophistication to an old classic.

Not only are soups wonderful to make the day of, but they are perfect to freeze and reheat.  The secret is to freeze the soup with little to no air in the container to prevent crystals from forming and to put the soup into individual portions.


Time: 1 hour                        Servings: 4


2 cans stewed tomatoes

1/2 c long grain rice

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 yellow onion, small dice

4 tsp cilantro, chopped

1 tbsp olive oil

4 c water

Salt and pepper to taste



Onion: Cut the top and bottom off and then peel the outer layer of the onion. Next, hold onto the onion’s growing end and use your knife to make multiple long cuts from the growing end to the opposite end. Then take your knife and dice the onion by cutting in the opposite direction. Set aside on the cookie sheet in a pile.

Cilantro: Clean the cilantro by soaking it in a bowl of cold water and then drying them in a paper towel (this should be done in advance to allow time for drying. When the cilantro is dry, finely chop enough of the cilantro to make 1-tablespoon worth and save the other half for garnish.

Tomatoes: Remove the tomatoes from the can and blend them in a blender.

Garlic: Remove the skin and cut the brown end off. Then lightly smash it with the flat part of your chef knife. Then chop the garlic to fine mince and set aside.

In a large stockpot, sauté the onions with a half a teaspoon of salt until they are slightly brown and aromatic. Then add the garlic and sauté for a few more minutes, but be careful not to burn the garlic, it cooks quickly. Add the pureed tomatoes and water, bring to a boil, and then simmer for 5-10 minutes. Blend the tomato mixture in a blender or use a hand blender until it is medium thin in consistency. Add it back to the pot and add the rice then simmer with a lid on for 45 minutes. Once the rice is cooked, add the chopped cilantro and season with salt and pepper (If the soup is too thick, you may need to add water).



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Upon graduating from the California School of Culinary Arts in 2002, Chef Mary Payne Moran began her professional career shelling crabs at the world-renowned restaurant, Michael's in Santa Monica. Simultaneously, she launched her own company, Hail Mary’s, founded upon the belief that good food nurtures the soul, and began catering weddings, parties and large corporate events. In the fall of 2008, Mary began teaching her culinary skills to others. Currently she can be found at Hollywood School House teaching her after school cooking class, and teaching her popular "Vegetables or Not Here I Come" assembly. Most recently, Mary has launched another division in her company as well as a chef she is now also a Certified Nutritionist for high profile clients. She helps her clients discover their healthy way of eating. Mary has recently been published in the Los Angeles Magazine, & The New Jersey Star Ledger. Daily she addresses cooking aficionados through her blog - Cooking with Chef Mary as well as her how-to webisodes on You Tube.