Hey, What’s Cookin’?
The beginning of a new year usually brings a goal to eat better. And there’s nothing wrong with that–in fact, I applaud any attempts to improve your diet! Big changes or little ones–any positive change is a good one! Today’s recipe, Quick and Easy Tomato Soup, is a small but good change to both your diet and your wallet. Now don’t worry–we’re not going to make this soup from a bushel of fresh tomatoes (although that WOULD be awesome, it’s the middle of winter, and fresh, local tomatoes are hard or impossible to come by!) But we’re also not going to get it from the familiar white-and-red labeled can. Our tomato soup is going to start with a can of no-salt-added tomato paste–an inexpensive cooking staple.
Why tomato paste? Because it can easily be found in the no-salt-added form. The problem with canned tomato soups is that they are excessively high in sodium. Even the lower-sodium versions still have more than is good for you. They also can contain high-fructose corn syrup and preservatives. Tomato paste is a better place to start–you can make your soup the way you want it, with the seasonings you prefer. Using unsweetened plant milk can be a good option for those with dairy difficulties. Even better, a can of tomato paste is much cheaper than that red-and-white label soup. Because the cans are small, it’s easy to keep several on hand so that a delicious cup of soup is never far away.
This soup is gonna be easy, quick, cheap, and tasty! From a can–but not the can you think! Intrigued? Read on!
Quick and Easy Tomato Soup
Adapted from: a recipe on Food.com
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste (I recommend Hunt’s No Salt Added)
12 ounces water (fill tomato paste can 2x) + 12 oz milk or unsweetened plant milk (fill can 2x)
OR 24 ounces water (fill can 4x)
1/4 tsp teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 tsp celery seed (optional, but tasty–try it if you have it in your pantry!)
- 1/2 tsp of dried oregano, parsley, basil, or Italian seasoning
- Other optional seasonings; hot sauce, a tsp of Parmesan cheese, freshly cracked black pepper, or sea salt
- Put tomato paste in saucepan. Add water using empty tomato paste can to measure. Whisk to combine and place over medium heat on burner.
- Add onion and garlic powder plus dried seasoning of choice. Whisk well.
- Add milk or plant milk (if using) and continue to whisk until heated through. Taste and add any other optional seasonings to your liking. Add any salt last–chances are you’ll find the soup so flavorful you won’t need much, if any!
- Serve in a large pre-heated mug for sipping or a bowl for spooning!
Notes: For an even richer flavor, use no-salt-added vegetable or chicken stock in place of the plain water.
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