This recipe is what I'd like to call a "sleeper"; that is, the name suggests a rather boring old soup made with basic ingredients. Then you throw it together and BAM! The "little soup that could" has given you a run for your money.
First off- I know nothing about oats. I don't care for oatmeal; I have a container of "rolled oats" in my pantry for when I make meatloaf. But. That's. It. So when I decided to give this recipe a whirl, I wasn't quite sure what kind of oats would suffice. I crossed my fingers that the ol' Rolled Oats would (FYI- they work).
I followed the recipe as written, except I used six Roma tomatoes (I'm a fan of the lil' guys, plus they're generally cheaper than their Hot-House and other tomato variety cousins) and I had a lonely red bell pepper in the fridge, so I chopped that up and threw it in the blender as well. I also added a good dash of red pepper flakes because I'm an addict. (Oh, left out the salt, too).
As I'm watching everything cook down, I became nervous with how thick it looked. Very stew-like. If it doesn't get eaten in once sitting, you will most likely have to add some water to it the next day. No biggie. As I sit here enjoying my second bowl (don't judge), I am quite pleased with how it turned out. And I'm even more excited that my Rolled Oats can be used for something other than meatloaf. Thanks so much, Alejandra!
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This recipe is what I'd like to call a "sleeper"; that is, the name suggests a rather boring...