Smoky, spicy tomato soup

April 15th, 2013 · Lisa · gluten-free, nut-free, Recipes, Savory · Comments

If you came by for lunch today, I would have put on the kettle and passed you a steaming bowl of tomato soup.

I’d tell you about my new job (the one that both excites and terrifies me). I’m sure you’d reassure me that challenge and change is what makes us grow and evolve. I’d sigh and smile and agree.

I’d remind you that the countdown is on for patio season and farmers markets. Just three weeks now until Brickworks is back outside! I’d show you the amazing smoked tomatoes I picked up there on Saturday and make you smell their deep, fire-infused aroma.

That’s the secret to this soup, I’d say. A little fire.

I’d ask you what you like to eat on a rainy day when the skies are dark and everything feels damp.

Then I’d pass the crackers to crumble in your bowl. We’d laugh and slurp and curl up on the couch. It would be a perfect spring afternoon  -with you, me and soup. 🙂

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Smoky, spicy tomato soup


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 large red onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 1/2 cup diced tomatoes (fire-roasted would be great if you can't find smoked sun dried tomatoes)
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 2 TBSP smoked sun dried tomatoes, chopped (of course, regular sun dried work as well)
  • 2 TBSP nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup chickpea flour
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • pinch black pepper


  1. In a medium pot over medium heat, add the oil and mustard seeds. Cook for about 30 seconds - until the mustards seeds begin to pop.
  2. Add the onion and garlic and saute for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the curry powder and toss to coat. Saute for another minute or two.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients. Lower the heat to low and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. The chickpea flour should create a thick creamy broth. If you want a smooth texture blend using an immersion or stand blender (just be careful).


  1. Posted April 15, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    This sounds so delicious and like the perfect way to spend a cool afternoon on the cusp of summer.

    • Posted April 16, 2013 at 7:05 pm

      Wish I was sharing a bowl and a chat with you.

  2. Posted April 15, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    The excitement of this job is going to be nothing compared to when you become the Prime Minister of Canada and outlaw factory farming and elephant rides. xo

    • Posted April 16, 2013 at 7:05 pm

      That is true…a step closer my friend. xo

  3. johannaGGG
    Posted April 16, 2013 at 6:43 am

    I am sue this is exactly the soup I have been dreaming of making – it explains why I picked up some mustard seeds yesterday. Good luck with your new job

    • Posted April 16, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      Thank you Johanna. I hope a big bowl of this soup is exactly as you imagined. 🙂

  4. Willie Costello
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Made this last night for a bunch of greasy bicycle mechanics, and everyone loved it! Super super delicious. (Also, liquid smoke will work in a pinch, if you don’t have smoked tomatoes.)

    • Lisa
      Posted April 22, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      Willie, I’m so delighted to hear you gave this a try and impressed a crowd. You’re amazing!

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