Friday, December 17, 2010

Frugan: Creamy Tomato Soup & WholeSoy & Co Recipes


Creamy tomato soup is probably one of my go to comfort foods. Growing up, it was a special treat when my mother would get canned soup. ( It was our junk food! )

It is simple to make your own healthy and delicious soup in 20 minutes if you have some cooked white beans on hand.

Creamy Tomato Soup

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 6 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1/4 t red pepper flakes ( if desired )
  • pinch allspice
  • 1 t dried basil
  • 1/4 t marjoram
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • Pinch salt/pepper
  • 1 T balsamic vinegar
  • 1 c vegetable stock 
  • 3 c canned tomatoes 
  • 15 oz white beans 
  • 1/2 c fresh herbs of choice ( basil, cilantro, dill, parsley )
  • 1/4 c nutritional yeast 
  • Salt/pepper to taste
Method:

  1. In a heavy bottomed soup pot add oil, garlic and dried spices.
  2. Turn heat to medium and cook until the garlic becomes very fragrant
  3. Add onion, carrot, pinch salt and pepper; cook well, stirring frequently for 3 minutes. 
  4. Deglaze with vinegar; add stock. Cover and turn heat to high. Cook for 10 minutes
  5. Meanwhile, add the tomatoes and white beans to a blender and blend until super creamy
  6. Add tomato/beans to the soup, turn heat down to medium, cover and cook until hot. 
  7. Stir in herbs and nutritional yeast. Taste and adjust salt/pepper levels. 
Yum yum and really easy. This soup freezes well and actually improves chilling out for a couple of weeks. The fresh herbs really infuse the flavor when they are frozen.


Here's the link to the WholeSoy & Co website where I'm the week's featured chef! You can find my recipes for Red Pepper Soup, Scallion Flatbread, Sweet and Savory Cranberry Crostata and Chocolate Mint Cupcakes HERE. They have a lot of great recipes from talented chefs many of us know well from the blogosphere.




7 comments:

  1. The tomato soup looks so easy and delicious, I can't wait to go home and make it!

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  2. Yes, tomato soup (or any canned soup) was our "junk food" too ... I ate nothing but spaghettios for months after I left home lol.

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  3. Anonymous4:33 PM

    your lovely picture sent me right into my kitchen to make a batch of my own.its snowing here and sitting at my table with a hot bowl of this creamy tasty soup with a slice of garlic toast, was just what I needed thanks for the wonderful idea trudefaith

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  4. Your soup sounds amazing! I love tomato soup, but it's never quite filling enough... Beans would certainly take care of that. Brilliant!

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  5. This is excellent we tried it out tonight. Actually the middle eastern burgers from your latter post I made too, those totally fell apart for some reason so I just dumped them in the soup too, that was the best idea ever! So good

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  6. Jeanette, I'm glad you liked the soup and love the creativity you showed adding the burgers to the soup. I can see how that would be really delicious.

    With the burgers, did you let the mixture sit for an hour before cooking them?

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  7. I did, the only different was that I didn't have gremolata made up so I took the recipe and divided it to the Tablespoon I needed for the burgers, i thought it would be slightly different but they literally turned into a pile of (delicious) rice! I would think it needed more binder so more hummus, its worth a try on my end. Regardless I'm making this soup with the hummus/rice in it for guests tomorrow.

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