Saturday, October 15, 2011

Tomato Soup

I made homemade tomato soup with my crushed tomatoes.  One year, I lost all my tomato starts due to a late freeze and having been busy and not putting the wall-o-water up yet.  So we bought plants at the local Walmart, and they were ALL grape tomatoes.  Go figure.

Obviously they were not useful or practical to can whole tomatoes, so that year all we made was crushed tomatoes (blended with skins on) and salsa (also with skins on).  Crushed tomatoes are easy to use, but I do not like them as much as whole tomatoes.  I usually dice my whole tomatoes before adding them to any recipe, but whole tomatoes can be cut in half, thirds or fourths (useful in hearty soups or bean and pasta salads) or smashed (for soup bases or sauces or 'fresh' salsa).  Crushed tomatoes are just options.  Period.

Back to tomato soup.  This is the BEST EVER soup.  It is thick and hearty with a texture you can almost sink your teeth into.  It makes a meal, not a broth to go with a sandwich like the canned soups.  Unfortunately, since it was an experiment, I did not take pictures.  I figured I would have to make it a few times to get it just right.  I figured wrong.  By the time I realized it, everyone had gobbled it all up.  There was barely one bowl left over for the hubby to take for lunch the next day along with the baked on ring you get in the pot you make it in.  Not very picture worthy. 

I promise to make it again soon and add pictures at that time.  Until then, the recipe is too good to make you wait.

Tomato Soup

2 pints (4 c.) crushed tomatoes
6 c. Water
1 Tbs Celery, dry
2 Tbs Onion, dry
1 tsp Parsley
1/8 tsp Lemon Pepper
1/8 tsp Pepper
1 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Basil
1/4 c. Tomato Powder

Mix together in pot and cook until warmed through and thickened to desired texture.

(I prepped in advance and let it simmer, stirring occasionally, for 3 hours.  I of course had to add a little extra water because of the length of time.)

This would make a GREAT crock pot soup.  If you like your soup a little less tomato with a little more cream..... remove the 1/4 c. tomato powder.

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