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Tomato Soup: CRAZY for Tomato Soup!
Tomato Soup 4EVER!
Tomato Soup is Comfort Food
Ah, yes nothing says comfort more than a bowl of tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. That was a go-to meal for the kids in many homes. I bet it was the same for many of you!
Here are some all grown-up yet satisfying ways to have your tomato soup today.
Basic Soup with Herb and Flavor Additions
It use to be that the canned tomatoes only came in one flavor. How the tomatoes were cut up or made into paste was the only difference.
Now there are some wonderful flavors of tomatoes showing up in the grocery store. Why not add these flavors to your basic tomato soup?
With these canned tomatoe varieties you may give your tomato soup a distinctly Italian flavor with the rosemary and oregano, a peppery flavor (I think of it as a Southwest USA flavor) with spicy red pepper, or a pizza/Italian flavor with the fennel and red pepper.
The bonus is that it stretches the soup and feeds more people.
Layering flavors is the secret to good cooking. You may also use a bit of your own chicken broth to add that wonderful rich taste to your very own gourmet tomato soup.
Chicken Broth from a Rotisserie Chicken
- Chicken Broth Soup
Chicken broth soup. Use that store bought rotisserie chicken to make this wonderful broth. It may be eaten as a soup or used as a base for soups, stews, gravies, rice, noodles, and pasta. This makes an especially wonderful egg drop soup.
These are very good!!
Mixology with Soup!
Yes, I combined one of the newest flavored soups with the old standby. Why not? I had one more person to feed than I thought the Thai Tomato Coconut would serve. I added a can of the basic Campbell soup and a bit of my chicken broth. This is also a way to gently introduce those skeptical of different flavors to a soup such as Thai Tomato Coconut. The taste will be less shocking to their palates. Next time try it full strength.
We so enjoyed the soup with the rich flavor. The one thing I had trouble with was opening the soft soup container. My clumsy and hurried way of opening the soup container spewed soup on the counter! This may be a problem only I have but I would advise the Campbell’s soup people to give some help/instructions on how to not squirt the soup on the counter when we open it!
By the way, these newer soup flavors will be introduced at low prices in your grocery, so look for the introductory price!
Straight from the can or with additions
There are plenty of old standbys to add to the tomato soup to create your own gourmet soups. The one that comes to my mind is the addition of the ever flavorful tomatillo. These little gems look like green tomatoes but are not green tomatoes.
The tomatillo when purchased fresh in the fruit and veg area of the grocery store need a bit of preparation. The tomatillo grows in a brown papery hull. It needs to be boiled a bit and then prepared. Or just buy a can of them!
Here is how to prepare tomatillos.
Tomatillo Prep and Use
There are many types of tomatoes to select from when you are making your own tomato soup. Find your favorite tomato soup recipe and then think about adding some different types of tomatoes. The little yellow or red tomatoes are very sweet and make a nice addition.
The Russian purple have a lovely rich smoky taste and IF there are any left after you just slice and eat them, they make a nice addition to your tomato soup. Just chop them up and add them.
One other thing, it is perfectly okay to cut your tomato in two and gently squeeze out the excess water in the tomato. That way you can control how rich and thick your soup is.
As promised, here is how to make a healthy and tasty Kale Quesadilla.
Add A Kale Quesadilla
- Kale Quesadilla Recipe
Kale Quesadilla Recipe. Tasty, healthy, and inexpensive. A grown-up quesadilla! Packed with satisfying taste and healthy too!