Comfort food (Daring Cooks November '12: Sopa Castellana) #tributetolis

There is a dark shadow across The Daring Kitchen today.

On, Tuesday, the creator and wrangler of The Daring Cooks and The Daring Bakers, Lisa Cifelli (Lis), left this earth unexpectedly. Anyone who worked with Lis understands how much of a cheerleader she was to each of us. I came to really get a sense of that when I hosted my first challenge.

It seems almost fitting that the challenge for today is bread soup. Food to warm the body and nourish the soul.

Lis - we sure are going to miss you.

Tomato Soup from Extremadura
Adapted from Begona's recipe

3 lbs. ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeds removed and chopped
2 large green peppers, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
1 medium to large onion, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, smashed and roughly chopped
8 cups chicken stock
1 French baguette
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt, pepper


Heat olive oil in a large pot (I used my 5 quart dutch oven), add onion.  Cook for ~10 minutes over medium heat - the onions should be soft and just starting to pick up color. Add the chopped peppers, stir and cook for another 10. Add the tomatoes, stir and cook for another 10-15 minutes - the tomato’s water should start to evaporate.

Add the garlic and cook for another five minutes.  Then, add the stock, salt & pepper to taste and let boil for ~15 minutes. After the soup has cooked, you can run an immersion blender through the soup to create a smoother texture (or serve as is).

Toast sliced bread, 3 slices for each person and reserve.
Place 3 slices of bread for each person into the bottom of a serving bowl, ladle very warm soup into over the bread and serve immediately.

Leftover soup (minus the bread) will keep refrigerated for ~3-4 days.

This post participates in The Daring Cooks. Our November Daring Cooks’ hostess was Begoña, who writes the beautiful blog, Las recetas de Marichu y las mías. Begoña is from Spain and didn’t want to go with the more common challenges of paella or gazpacho, she wanted to share with us another very popular recipe from Spain that we don’t see as often called Sopa Castellana which is a delicious bread soup!


  1. How sad about Lisa-I'm so sorry.
    I think your warm comforting bowl of such delicious soup is a great tribute to her- I'm going to pin this one Cher, it reminds me of our trip to Spain and all the wonderful soups we tried ;)

  2. I am still in shock at Lis' death - such a tragic loss to the world. Your soup is a definitely a fitting post. We need comfort at times like these.

  3. Ah, the bread slices right in the soup...ingenious!

  4. G'day Great photo Cher, true!
    Your soup looks delish and wish could try right now too!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as part of The Daring Kitchen Cooks Challenge

  5. That is so sad about Lis - not being in the DC or DB circuit anymore, I wasn't aware. Lovely tribute.

  6. Oh no - I had not heard about Lis. I will miss her sense of humour - I am very saddened.

  7. Sometimes the world turns upside down unexpectedly, and all you can do is hold on and go through the motions. Comfort food indeed. So very sorry.

  8. Comfort food at it's finest. Your soup looks fantastic.

  9. So sorry to hear this, Cher! I participated with Daring Bakers for a short while.
    It was a fun challenge, but I just took on too much!
    Your soup looks and sounds wonderfully delicious!


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