I wanted to play on the smoky flavor of the sausage so decided my main spice would be smoked paprika. Roasted red peppers added another layer of flavor. And finally a touch of cayenne for a pleasant bit of heat. For sometime I just made up as I went along I was really happy with this finished soup. The flavors just seemed to come together perfectly & it had enough body to be a very satisfying main course with just a bit of crusty bread.
Smoky Sausage & Rice Soup
1 T olive oil
1 med, yellow onion, peeled & diced
1 celery stalk, diced
1/2 lb smoked sausage link, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/2 t smoked paprika
1/4 t dried marjoram
salt & pepper
3 or 4 strips roasted red pepper, roughly chopped
1 14 oz can whole tomatoes, undrained
2 c chicken or vegetable broth
1/3 c white rice (med or long grain, we used jasmine)
In a medium soup pot heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion & celery & cook until the onion is translucent. Add the sausage & allow to brown slightly. Stir in the paprika, marjoram, cayenne and a little salt & pepper. Next add the peppers & tomatoes including the liquid from the tomatoes. Break up the tomatoes with your spoon or squeeze in your hands are adding. Add the broth & bring to a boil. Stir in the rice, cover & reduce the heat to simmer. Let simmer until the rice is cooked about 30 minutes. Check seasoning & add salt, pepper & cayenne as needed.
Makes 3 - 4 servings