Tomatillo Soup

We received a basket of tomatillos on Saturday, and I was excited because I had never used them before, but had always wanted to learn! They look like little green tomatoes in a flakey outer husk. I read a few recipes, and apparently you just pull off the husk and wash off the sticky residue before you cook with them.

Thanks to Runningwithtweezers for the recipe. I followed most of it and then used the solar oven to cook it.

Tomatillo and White Bean Soup

1 chopped onion

2 minced cloves garlic

1/2 jalapeño diced (no seeds)

Pinch red pepper flakes

15 tomatillos chopped

7 cups vegetable broth

Salt and pepper

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Juice of 2 limes

Cook in solar oven. Then for the last 15 minutes of cooking add:

1 can white beans

1 cup corn

Cook again and serve warm. It tastes great with avocado on top or garnished with more cilantro.

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The recipe was easy and the cooking should have been, but it was overcast so my beans never cooked despite being out in the oven all morning. So I brought them inside and tried to cook them in the crock pot all afternoon and they were still hard, so my husband had to grab a can at the store on the way home.

Likewise, the soup got warm, but never hot, even though it was out in the oven all afternoon. In the end I brought it inside, stirred in the corn and beans, and finished it off in the microwave. I haven’t looked at a weather forecast since we moved here (it’s almost always hot anyway) but I think I’m going to have to start!

Rating: good. Soups can be a hard sell here since it’s so hot already, but it was a cold day and the final soup was good and enjoyed even by the baby. Now if I can just get the hang of cooking with an eye on the weather!