Dirty Rice Gumbo Soup for #SoupSaturdaySwappers

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 I'm so glad I'm a member of this group, Soup Saturday Swappers.   I get to, not only make soup and eat it, and share the recipes here, but I also get to explore other cuisines.  This month the challenge, well, theme actually, was Mardi Gras - Cajun or Creole Soup.  It's being hosted by Kathy of A Spoonful of Thyme
I love Cajun/Creole food and while I like Gumbo and Jambalaya and Etouffee, I know there's more to the cuisine than just those.   One dish that I make for myself from time to time is Dirty Rice, from the box, cause it's easy.   And I like it.
I've also been doing an inventory of my pantry and freezer lately as well.  Amazing the stuff I've been finding in both places.  I have a lot of chopped tomatoes frozen and waiting, odds and end from numerous Taco nights, and I hate to throw out a tablespoon or more each time, so into the
freezer it goes.  I also have a lot of beans, navy, cannellini, kidney, black and garbanzo's in the pantry as well.
Where am I going with this?  Well, in the best tradition of not only Cajun foods but also soup making, I used up bits and pieces and came up with one of the best soups I've ever made.  BTW a Cajun friend of mine summed up Cajun food in just a few words once, when I asked him what Cajun food was, "It's Cajun if it's something you don't think you can eat and you eat it anyway, that's Cajun."
I think I'll stick to this soup for awhile. 
 It was so good in fact, as tempting as it might be, I'm only eating it one bowl at a time.
Did I mention that this is also mostly vegetarian?
It is.  And if you had some vegetable stock, you could make it totally vegetarian.  You could also add meat to it.  Maybe some chicken, some sausage, some shrimp, maybe even ham?  You choose. 



Yield: 6 servings

Dirty Rice Gumbo Soup

prep time: 5 MINScook time: 30 MINStotal time: 35 mins
This soup is right up there with the best traditions of Cajun and Creole cooking in that it uses up bits of leftovers and turns it into a hearty, yet healthy soup. And it's ready to eat in about 30 minutes or so.

ingredients:


8 cups stock, vegetable or chicken
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1 can of corn-okra- tomatoes or
1/2 -1 cup corn, frozen works
1/2 to 1 cup okra - canned or frozen
1/2 to 1 cup chopped tomatoes - opt.
1 can Navy Beans, drained and rinsed
1-2 chopped jalapenos
1 cup diced celery
2 roasted and chopped onions
1 package Zatarains Dirty Rice prepared according to directions.

instructions:


Add the vegetable to the stock and let it come to a boil, then simmer while you prepare the Dirty Rice. 
When the rice is ready, add a spoonful to a bowl and then top off with the soup.  The vegetables will be nice and tender.  Serve with a hard roll, or buttered bread or ?
This is a hearty, filling soup and with the rice and beans you also have a complete protein. 

notes

Note:  
You can add cooked chicken, sausage or ham to this as well.
I always have frozen tomatoes in my freezer, anytime we have fresh tomatoes and don't eat it all, I throw it into a baggie and into the freezer and add them to my spaghetti sauce or to soup.
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