Yellow Tomato Vegetable Soup, playing tourist

When the freezer is full and so are the tomato plants…..

I make soup.

The yellow tomatoes are still producing like crazy while the red and green tomatoes have more or less retired.

As long as I had all the yellow tomatoes, and it was cold, I decided to make a yellow-themed soup.

Sort of…. the carrots were orange and the cabbage light green but you get the idea.

This is a vegetarian soup – for no particular reason. I just wanted something lighter for lunch.

I assume it freezes well, but we ate it all before I had the chance.

Feel free to use any color of anything that you like; substitute chicken stock for the vegetable; whatever – it’s soup.

Adjust your cooking time if you don’t have ‘quick cooking barley’ which is normally done in 15 minutes.

The instant tapioca is something common here (you all have Panko, we don’t) and is used to add body to soup.

Yellow Tomato Vegetable Soup

Total time: 70 minutes


  • 2 3/4 cup (22oz, 660gr) tomatoes, peeled, chopped
  • 3/4 cup (4oz, 120gr) quick-cooking barley
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 ribs celery, chopped
  • 2 cups cabbage, chopped
  • 1 3/4 cups (15oz, 450gr) white beans
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 4 cups (32oz, 1000ml) vegetable stock
  • 2 bay (laurel) leaves
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 3 tbs instant tapioca (optional)


  • Heat oil in large pot or Dutch oven.
  • Add onion, celery, carrot, pepper, and garlic, sauté until tender.
  • Add all remaining ingredients, except barley, white beans and tapioca, cover and simmer 15 minutes.
  • Add barley and simmer 20 minutes longer
  • Add beans, tapioca, and simmer 10 minutes longer.
  • Remove bay leaves and serve.

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A collection of our favorite Soups…

We had an absolutely gorgeous week-end with our guest, a fellow food blogger from New Zealand. It’s so much fun to finally meet in person another woman that I have been connected with for years through blogging.

As long as we were going to do tourist stuff we decided to find places that would be new to us as well.

This is the entrance to a little hill-top village about an hour’s drive from us.

As is typical, the streets were narrow but still had potted plants.

It was Saturday so the shops were open, and it was a beautiful day in September so the cafes all had tables out in the streets for lunch.

We spent some time (and a wee bit of money) in the shop of the glass blower. He was working and I’m always fascinated by glass-blowing….

Then we went on up the hill to the center of town for lunch.

I love the contrast in this scene.. I took the photo from our table. I was sitting next to the stone wall (as you can see on the left) and I was trying to get the bridal party walking by.

You can see the bride in profile next to the pillar and the groom across from her under the tree.

I wasn’t expecting such a good shot of the old man that came in for lunch – obviously a local and a regular.

I have no idea why the bridal party was walking past…. They returned about 10 minute later. In France one goes to the mayor’s office first to get married, then on to the church (if you want to) for the ‘blessing’ which is what looks like an American or British wedding.

But both the church and the mayor’s office were in a different direction…. Maybe they were just out for a stroll.

More photos next time….

Last update on September 27, 2017

8 thoughts on “Yellow Tomato Vegetable Soup, playing tourist”

  1. I envy you living in the midst of so much history. As to the weather, it was 90+/- all last week up until yesterday. Soup was not an option. Cold sammies didn’t quite cut it either and the lettuce in our salads wilted within minutes. It was awful for the end of September. I’ll be saving your soup for later. When it snows 😉

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