I know, I know. The sun is out this week! You want to be opening all the windows, dusting off the grill and pretending it’s summer!
That’s fine, I hope you do that and enjoy every minute. But! I will remind you that it is still winter for just a little bit longer. And that means you should also savour the best part about winter, while it’s here. And clearly, that means soup.
I don’t like snow, wearing a winter hat or losing the feeling in my toes. But the one thing I look forward to every winter is warming-up to a bowl of soup.
So celebrate the end of winter with one last soup hurah and make this Spicy Vegetarian Chili!
I can never get over the amount of heat and flavor these tiny chipotle peppers add to a dish. If you’re a whimp to spicy foods like me, the orzo noodles (and a cold beer) help to balance out the heat out perfectly!
Spicy Vegetarian Chili
Adapted from Whole Foods
Keywords: soup/stew entree vegetarian beans pasta Southwest
- 1 tbs. olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 1/2 cup chopped carrots
- 3 celery stalks, chopped
- 1 pepper (green or red). chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 tbs. finely chopped chipotles in adobo (more if you prefer it spicier)
- Oregano, to taste
- Ground cumin, to taste
- Chili powder. to taste
- Salt and pepper. to taste
- 1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
- 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup water
- 1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 cup orzo noodles
- Monterey jack cheese. shredded
- Fresh cilantro, for garnish
1. Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, celery, peppers and garlic and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, until vegetables are softened but not browned.
2. Mix in chipotles, oregano, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Add entire can of tomatoes, broth and water. Gently simmer over low heat, uncovered, for 45 minutes.
3. Add beans and bring to a boil. Add orzo and cook about 8 minutes then return to a simmer. Serve in bowls, top with cheese and cilantro, and enjoy!
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~What are you most excited about doing these last few days of winter?