Comforting Tomato Rice Soup: A Polish Classic Redefined


Warm your soul with this comforting twist on a Polish classic, Zupa Pomidorowa z Ryżem. This tomato soup with rice is a perfect blend of tangy tomatoes, aromatic vegetables, and fluffy grains, creating a heartwarming dish that will become an instant family favorite.

Comforting Tomato Rice Soup: A Polish Classic Redefined

Preparation Details

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 250
  • Total Fat: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 10mg
  • Sodium: 680mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 38g
  • Dietary Fiber: 5g
  • Total Sugars: 10g
  • Protein: 7g


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups (960ml) vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup (100g) long-grain white rice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Sour cream or crème fraîche for serving (optional)

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the diced onion, sliced carrots, and sliced celery. Sauté for 5-7 minutes, or until the vegetables are softened.
  3. Add the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute more, until fragrant.
  4. Pour in the can of diced tomatoes with their juices and the vegetable or chicken broth.
  5. Stir in the long-grain white rice, bay leaf, and dried thyme. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  6. Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until the rice is tender.
  7. Remove the bay leaf and adjust seasoning if needed.
  8. Ladle the hot tomato rice soup into bowls and garnish with chopped fresh parsley.
  9. Serve with a dollop of sour cream or crème fraîche, if desired.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • For a creamier texture, use an immersion blender or regular blender to partially purée the soup before adding the rice.
  • Add a splash of heavy cream or milk for an extra velvety consistency.
  • Experiment with different herbs and spices, such as basil, oregano, or smoked paprika, to create your own unique flavor profile.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I use brown rice instead of white rice?

A: Yes, you can substitute brown rice for white rice. However, you may need to increase the cooking time and adjust the amount of liquid accordingly.

Q: Can I make this soup vegetarian or vegan?

A: Absolutely! Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth, and omit the sour cream or crème fraîche garnish.

Q: How long does this tomato rice soup keep in the refrigerator?

A: Properly stored in an airtight container, this soup will keep for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

Indulge in the comforting flavors of this Zupa Pomidorowa z Ryżem, a Polish classic reimagined with the addition of fluffy rice. Each spoonful is a warm embrace of tangy tomatoes, aromatic vegetables, and hearty grains, making it the perfect dish to chase away the chill and nourish your soul.