Quick, flavorful and filling, this Corn Tortilla Soup will warm you up on a cold night this winter. And it brings back fond memories for me.
A Food Memory For Which You Are Thankful
In the US, November marks the Thanksgiving holiday. But many of us are especially thankful for food memories we have shared with friends or relatives throughout our lives. Was it a special meal you ate as a child? Or, maybe it was a food you grew and harvested with your own children. Please share one of your favorite food memories and the healthier “redo” of the recipe.
I have many food memories from my childhood – Wacky Mac (for those of you who don’t know, this is the Kosher Kraft Mac ‘n Cheese), Entenmann’s cupcakes, donuts, loaf cakes, crumb cakes (you get the idea!), pizza bagels with cole slaw for dinner Saturday night when my parents went out with friends. All this is not to say that we didn’t have some more well-rounded meals – have you ever been to someone’s home for a Jewish holiday? There is always a ton of food, including some of my faves like stuffed cabbage, noodle kugel, and tzimmis.
But what actually came to my mind when I saw this month’s theme was the memory of having an occasional dinner with my mother at California Pizza Kitchen when I was in high school. By then, I was the only one left at home (I’m the youngest of three), and that meant more special time alone with my mom. Whether it was singing oldies in the kitchen while cleaning up from dinner or sharing a veggie pizza on honey whole wheat at CPK, the time with my mother was something I cherished and didn’t take for granted, knowing that my older siblings didn’t get the same.
One of my favorite menu items at CPK back then was their Sedona Tortilla Soup, a thick tortilla soup topped with crispy tortilla strips. There was something so comforting about that soup, but as I became more nutritionally aware, I was certain it wasn’t the healthiest appetizer I could order. And in fact, it wasn’t, especially when you take into consideration that it was just an appetizer. So I set out to recreate it.
Corn Tortilla Soup with Black Beans
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small onion diced
- 4 garlic cloves minced
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 26 ounces diced tomatoes I used Pomi boxed tomatoes; if you use a can it will be 28 ounces
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 15- ounce can + 1 cup no-salt added black beans rinsed and drained
- 2 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth
- 1 16- ounce package frozen corn kernels
- 3/8 teaspoon Kosher salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- 1 cup crushed tortilla chips plus more for serving
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- Cilantro optional for serving
- Guacamole optional for serving
- Heat olive oil in medium soup pot. Add onions and saute until softened, about 2 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder, and cumin, and saute another 1 minute until fragrant.
- Add diced tomato, tomato paste, 1 can black beans, half the bag of corn (8 ounces), vegetable broth, and 1 cup of water to pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
- Add crushed tortilla chips; cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Turn off heat. Using an immersion blender, puree soup until mostly smooth with some chunkiness.
- Add 1 cup black beans, remaining corn, salt, pepper, and lime juice to soup and stir. Return to heat on simmer for 5 minutes.
- Serve soup garnished with tortilla chips, cilantro, and a dollop of guacamole if desired.
Recipe NotesThis recipe was adapted from Martha Stewart's Tortilla Soup with Black Beans
For point of comparison, according to CPK's nutrition facts, 1 bowl of their Sedona Tortilla Soup had 480 calories, 6 g protein, 44 g carbohydrates, 6 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 32 g total fat, 19 g saturated fat, 100 mg cholesterol, 1330 mg sodium.
What food memory are you most grateful for this year?
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