Spicy Tomato Soup and Thyme Popovers

It is so cold outside that I feel like huddling up on the couch with hubby dear and stay there forever! Thankfully I don’t work outside so I can stay warm indoors throughout the day. Now that its winter, it gets dark awfully early. Not to forget the hunger pangs which seem to exist somewhere deep within and hit me out of the blue. One such evening, when my stomach was rumbling and it was cold, I decided to make soup. I personally detest the canned ones, which nothing in it, but rather prefer a chunky wholesome soup, with pasta …all the better.

So here’s what I made with the ingredients I had on hand.

Spicy Tomato Soup

You will need

3 tablespoons olive oil
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
4 cups marinara sauce
2 (14oz) cans Vegetable broth

1 (15oz) can Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (vary to suit your taste)
1/2 cup Shell pasta (or any small pasta)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

Warm the olive oil in a pot over medium-high heat. Add the carrots, onion, and garlic and saute until soft, about 4 minutes. Add the marinara sauce, vegetable broth, cannellini beans, red pepper flakes, pasta, salt and pepper. Stir and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve hot!

This surely isn't your average tomato soup. I had mine topped with a little bit of grated Parmesan..hmm good!!

Thyme Popovers

You will need

Softened butter for greasing pans, plus 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
3/4 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp chopped fresh thyme leaves
3 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups whole milk, at room temperature

Preheat the oven to 425 F.

Generously grease aluminum popover pans or custard cups with softened butter. You'll need enough pans to make 12 popovers. Place the pans in the oven for 2 minutes to preheat. Meanwhile, whisk together the flour, salt, thyme, eggs, milk, and melted butter until smooth. The batter will be thin. Fill the popover pans less than half full and bake for exactly 30 minutes. Do not peek :)

This went well with the hot spicy soup...


  1. Yummy tomato soup and a good medicine for any time of the day :-)

  2. The soup would definetely be a delight on a chill day...thanks for sharing

  3. Thyme popovers!Totally new to me.never heard or tasted it before.another recipe bookmarked to try.Looks like lots of "spicy " recipes are on the way for this cool winter from Namratha. :)

  4. looks gr8!! very healthy treat too....

  5. soup really tangy n yummy. never heard of popovers. love the name :D

  6. Love the soup especially as it is spicy.
    Weather here is cold so it is always nice to have a bowl of hot and spicy spup.
    Tyme pop over looks delicious

  7. I've been wanting to try my hand at popovers - yours look great Namratha! What a perfect combination with that chunky, hearty tomato soup.

  8. love the popover recipe. we don't have a popover pan, so we'll probably turn them into muffins.

  9. delecious soup namratha and those popovers look wonderfullllll and soft

  10. Sure thing Red :)

    Thanks Easy,its bliss on a cold day!

    Haha, thanks Madhavi, yup a lot more spicy dishes headed your way :-D

    Swaroopa and Suman, thanks :)

    Thanks Nags, try the popovers, they are yummy!

    I couldn't agree more Happy, love hot soup during winter..

    You should try the popovers Lavi, they are awesome

    Sure do Bee, I guess it shouldn't matter...popover or muffin :) Only thing with muffins, you will get more than with the popovers

    Thanks Sagari :)

  11. nammu..yummers..the soup looks great!! and the spicy cauliflower looks good too...sorry not to have commented on that post..the FBD is not working so i have been making rounds today at all my fav blogs so i landed up here to see what u were up to :)

  12. Thanks Rajitha dear, no probs...FBD has been acting up lately, I haven't been able to access it for the past few days. I rely on my Google reader to update me on what's happening :-D

  13. Those popovers look very good. Go so well with your soup.:-)

  14. We are having ice-storms and the hot soup sounds so good right now!

  15. I love that tomato soup namratha!

  16. i love that soup... this is what we call wholesome meal! will definitely try it :))

  17. And I'm looking for thyme recipes--those biscuits are perfect!

  18. Thanks TBC, they sure did go great with the soup..

    Oh ice-storms, gosh that must be pretty bad Meeso, come on over for a bowl of steaming soup :)

    Thanks Raks!

    Thanks Lissie, sure do try it :)

    Thanks Susan :)


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