Anyhow, fast forward several years.....A few months back during a moment of weakness, I bought a container of the soup to bring home. (If you are new here, I don't normally do convenience foods--they are too expensive!) As I was a rinsing the container to put in the recycle bin (and in a rare moment of brilliance) I jotted down the ingredients from the container. I promised myself that I would try to come up with a recipe for a homemade batch and I finally got around to trying it out! In my humble opinion (ha, ha), I think it tastes just like the one from the deli, but without all the extra additives. Please, please give it a try...you won't be disappointed!
This one is for you, Dad...I'll have to make some one of the next times we see you.
Cajun Jambalaya Soup - inspired from Safeway's Signature Soup
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 lb. Italian sausage links, sliced about 1/4 inch thick
1 cup diced onion
1 green bell pepper, diced
3-4 ribs, celery, sliced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup butter
2/3 cup flour (I used all purpose--shame, shame, I know!)
2 1/2 quarts chicken stock (that's 10 cups for those people out there like me who have to Google a conversion every time because they don't remember)
1 cup white rice
1 lb. diced ham
2 Tbsp. tomato paste (see my tip for what to do with the rest of the can)
3/4 tsp. paprika
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2-3/4 tsp liquid smoke (add it to taste)
1/2 (or to taste) pepper sauce (I used Tabasco)
In a dutch oven over medium to high heat, saute sausage in olive oil until browned and fully cooked. Add in onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic and saute until onion is translucent. Add in butter, and once melted, stir in flour. You will have a big pasty mess--but don't worry. Pour in chicken stock and mix thoroughly. Once the stock has heated completely (it doesn't need to boil) add in remaining ingredients, stirring to make sure sure rice doesn't stick to the bottom of pan. Simmer over medium low heat, stirring occasionally for about an hour. Soup should thicken and the rice should be completely cooked. Enjoy!
Note: I didn't add in any salt because with the sausage, ham, and chicken stock I didn't really think there was a need--but if for some reason yours needs some, add some! :) You could also use cooked rice instead of adding in uncooked rice--I would do about 2 cups cooked. Last, I think chicken or shrimp would be fabulous additions to this as well. Yum!
This recipe is linked to:
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Blessed With Grace Tempt My Tummy Tuesday
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Hearth 'n Soul Recipe Swap
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Life As Mom Ultimate Recipe Swap