As most of you know, today is Fat Tuesday. Where I grew up, we actually got out of school for the day. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to a Mardi Gras parade – I got a black eye from a bag of beads at the last one I went to (it’s actually a funny story) – but I always love seeing my friends’ parade and ball pictures this time of year. I was planning to make a king cake last weekend, but that got put on hold thanks to the nasty viral crud I was suffering from. Still, I couldn’t let the season pass without one celebratory recipe.
This soup has all of the components and flavors of my favorite red beans and rice recipe but without all the work. I love red beans and rice, but making it can be quite the process. Plus, since I’ve had such a nasty cold, soup has been pretty much the only thing I’ve wanted to eat. This one was exactly what I needed – spicy, comforting, and fast. Even the rice cooks right in the soup. You can’t beat that! Unless you have someone awesome to make it for you. That definitely makes it better (especially if said someone made you hot tea before cooking dinner). Sick or not, this one is sure to be appearing on our menu again soon.