30-Minute Tomato Soup Stew

-  2 packets instant tomato soup powder or 1 can   tomato soup
-  500 mL H20
-  dash of garlic powder, black pepper and white  pepper
-  2-4 standard-sized carrots
-  1 onion
-  2 bowls/servings cooked white rice (amount as desired, this is just what I used)

1.     Combine the soup, water and seasonings in a pot over high heat and bring to a boil
2.     Add the vegetables and lower the heat.  Let simmer until the carrots are tender and the onions turn clear (about 20-30 min)
3.     Add the rice and stir for about a minute.  If the rice is cold, let it heat up in the stew for about 5 minutes. 
4.     Ready to eat!
[Serves 2]

o   This is intended to be a rice dish rather than a soup, so the final ratio of liquid to rice should be favoring the rice.  If not, you can always add more rice.
o   This is also intended to be a side dish (carb + veg).  I originally made it to go with some leftover meat.
o   If you’re in a hurry, this is a good recipe for using leftover rice.  To save time during the week, I usually cook twice as much rice as needed for a meal and put half in the fridge for use later on in the week :)

Suggested additions:
o   Corn, celery, tomatoes, potatoes
o   Substitute about 200mL milk for water (might make it more creamy)

o   For a more “professional” dish, substitute tomato paste, two tomatoes (cut into wedges) and seasonings like oregano & basil or an Italian mix for the instant soup. 
o   How to make 2 meals in one:
          -    Brown about 300-400 grams stewing beef or pork chops in a pan.  Bring the soup and seasonings to a boil and add the meat.  Turn down the heat and simmer for about an hour. 
          -       I found that this left the soup very oily as fat cooked out of the meat.  For the sake of being healthy, I served the meat separately on Day1 and put the remaining soup in the refrigerator overnight.  This sort of meat goes well with mashed or boiled potatoes.
    -   On Day2, I skimmed the separated fat/oil off the top of the soup and reheated it on the stove, following the recipe above.   Thus, main course Day1, side dish Day2 :)

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