Thursday, February 3, 2011

Cream of Tomato Soup: The easiest soup recipe ever!

This blog hasn't been very foodie friendly lately. Not many recipes at all. But that doesn't mean that I haven't been cooking and baking behind the scenes. My stove, oven, microwave, and blender get worked out thoroughly every week. Fruit smoothies are a must. Which reminds me that I need to get some more smoothie friendly fruit.

I'm refining my chocolate chip cookie recipe. Practice makes perfect! And I've just been generally trying to stay warm.

The snow really started stressing me out. As you can probably tell from the last post. But it's also made me get back to my meditation practice, which is #98 on my life list. I remember when I first started meditating, I'd get antsy after just a minute. Maybe even less. Now it's five minutes before I start squirming and checking the time.

Meditation is a much more relaxing process now. Hopefully it's having some other benefits too that I've yet to notice. Maybe it's what made me realize how easy it is to make cream of tomato soup. A grilled cheese sandwich with cream of tomato soup is probably one of the the best winter comfort food meals ever.

Buying cream of tomato soup is fine. But it's much cheaper, healthier, and literally just as easy and fast to make your own. You can make a big pot of it and depending upon how many people you have to feed, you'll probably have some leftovers.

A while ago, I remembered hearing a super easy recipe using canned crushed tomatoes and cream. I looked for it, but didn't find it, so I improvised my own. Crushed tomatoes were on sale a few weeks ago, so I already had a few cans. Plus I had cream remaining from a few recipes. Why not just throw them together and see what happened? I didn't measure. I looked at the color. Tasted along the way. And noticed the smell.

I'm reading With Bold Knife and Fork, by M.F.K. Fisher and I'm pretty sure that she would disapprove and say this recipe is NOT proper at all. Oh well. I'm putting it down here anyway. It's not exact and certainly can be refined to your tastes, but it's something to go on. I'm certainly enjoying this soup enough to make it again. I hope you will too.

Cream of Tomato Soup

2  (28 oz) cans crushed tomatoes
~ 1 cup light cream
~ 1/2 cup brown sugar
~ 1 tsp. lemon pepper

Combine ingredients and bring to a boil in a large covered pot. Eat.  : )

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SharleneT said...

Being naturally contrary, I balk at anyone telling me one's recipes can be done only one way -- makes for great writing, but would make almost all recipes disappear off the face of the earth! Food is to be played with, improvised, localized, and ingested with delight and usually as a result of having put one's personal touch on a recipe. You go, girl (but, I would have added just a touch of fennel!)

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bellini valli said...

It does sound easy Anala and sure beats opening up a can.

Tracy said...

YUM... nothing like tomato soup & grilled cheese sandwich to warm the body & soul in winter. Come to think of it, eating tomato soup & grilled cheese sandwich is a lot like meditation. ;o) I've read a lot of M.K.K. Fisher over the years--wonderful writer! Happy Weekend, Lisa ((HUGS))

Lisa said...

sharlene - The fennel is a good idea! I'm with you on being more open about the way recipes are written. Some people are very strict!

bellini valli - Sure does!

tracy - It is like meditation! It's taking me a bit of time to get through the book, but I am enjoying it. You have a great weekend too! : )

Relyn said...

Yum. Yum. Thanks for sharing. Happy wintering.

Lisa said...

relyn - You're welcome! Hope you give it a try!

Deena said...

This tomato soup talk makes me hungry. I have to agree that it is the easiest and may I just add that it is also the cheapest and nutritious soup that I ever know to prepare. Something my mother thought me before I got married.

Lisa said...

deena - Glad you like the recipe!

Chris said...

As you can see Anali I'm catching up on comments to your posts. I love tomato soup and this recipe is not only easy but sounds sooooo good. Can't wait to try it. Thanks.

Lisa said...

chris - You're welcome! ; )

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