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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Easy Tomato Soup

Filed under: Soups — shaye3 @ 9:26 am
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This soup is so easy, and once you’ve tried it you’ll NEVER want the stuff from the red and white can ever again!  I sent some in Simon’s lunch this morning along with some TLC crackers, a sliced kiwi, and some Silk Very Vanilla soy milk.  The only lunch he likes better is when he’s home for lunch and we make grilled cheese soldiers to dip into the soup!

Better-than-condensed Tomato Soup

Easy Tomato Soup (1 WW point per generous 3/4 cup serving)
Serves 3
1 29-oz. can crushed tomatoes
2 tsp. minced garlic (or 1 Tbs. roasted garlic is really good)
1 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
12 fresh basil leaves (or 1 Tbs. dried basil if you don’t have fresh on hand)
Salt, pepper, and cayenne or red pepper flakes to taste

  1. Combine tomatoes, garlic and basil leaves in a food processor or blender and puree to your desired texture. (I also like to start by sauteeing my garlic in the olive oil, add everything else to the pan, and use my stick blender.)
  2. Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan until the oil shimmers, add tomato mixture.
  3. Heat to simmer, and cook partially covered for 5 minutes or more.
  4. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and hot peppers.
  5. Serve hot.

The crackers shown in the picture are Kashi TLC Original 7 Grain snack crackers.  They are a processed food that I make allowances for, and we LOVE them!   They have no HFCS, no hydrogenated oils, zero grams trans fat, whole grains, tons of fiber, and very few ingredients I can’t pronounce.  A serving of 15 crackers is about 2.5 WW points.  (If I had a good recipe for homemade, whole-grain crackers I’d make them.  Heck, maybe that’ll be my next research project!)

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4 Comments »

  1. Wow! This sounds delicious! I’m wondering if there’s an easy way to replace the canned tomatoes (I’m not much of a cook… yet :o) ). I’m hoping to go can-free.

    Thanks!

    Comment by Nik Piepenbreier — Tuesday, April 29, 2008 @ 10:17 am | Reply

  2. I’m sure you could, but you’d need to do a lot more work to fresh tomatoes. I’d say you could peel them (I’d use the old dunk in boiling water trick), then squeeze all of the juice and seeds out of them, then swirl them in the food processor and then cook the heck out of them until they look like canned crushed tomatoes.

    I have to say I probably wouldn’t bother until you can get the good Summer tomatoes though. The current store tomatoes would probably be pretty nasty. (That’s one thing I like about organic canned tomatoes. They’re canned immediately after picking so they taste more like the good Summer tomatoes. I got the store brand, which were only five cents more than non-organic, and they still only had five ingredients.)

    Hmmm, maybe I’ll have to try my hand at canning tomatoes later on….

    Comment by shaye3 — Tuesday, April 29, 2008 @ 1:21 pm | Reply

  3. Shaye, that looks awesome! I’d love a bowl right now, with grilled cheese soldiers, please. 🙂

    Comment by Elle — Wednesday, April 30, 2008 @ 3:58 pm | Reply

  4. Tomato soup is one of my favorites!!! I do the same thing with the garlic, and lots o basil…and often add in some parm at the end. yummmmm!

    Comment by canarygirl — Friday, May 2, 2008 @ 4:58 am | Reply


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