It has been downright cold this past week here in the south. I have a lot of friends who live up north and realize that I have little room to complain about the weather. BUT, the south just doesn't do well when the temp drops to single digits......and doesn't snow! We had a dusting covered in ice - ick. Dump some snow on me if you are going to freeze me out. I had to laugh the other day when I actually said how happy I was that it was 20 degrees. So clearly, all this cold weather had me hankering for a big bowl of warm soup.
I opted for an easy, ol' faithful recipe from Barefoot Contessa Foolproof - Easy Tomato Soup. This is a super easy meal. You saute onions in oil, add garlic, a 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes, salt, pepper and then some orzo and heavy cream. It is so, so, so very comforting on a cold night and surprisingly filling. You can search the recipe on Food Network or just google Barefoot Contessa Easy Tomato Soup.
What I was most excited about was trying my hand at homemade cornbread. Up to this point in my life, I have been a Jiffy girl. I had seen a recipe for Crawfish Cornbread while I was researching Mardi Gras meals that I was hoping to give a whirl. Sadly, our seafood shop is changing crawfish carriers and won't have any for the next few weeks. So, I simply omitted that part of the recipe and figured cheddar and jalapeño cornbread would still be yummy. In truth, this might have been good if I halved the jalapeño portion. So I'll keep trying.......I have a few other cornbread recipes to try. Would love you to share if you have a good one. Here is the recipe I followed.
Have a great week!