Friday, April 22, 2011

Simple Tomato Soup

We love pretty much all soups, but we especially adore a nice tomato soup. For many years (back in Ashlie's dairy and wheat eating days), our favorite lunch was velvety tomato bisque served with plenty of fresh ciabatta bread to sop it up! We would drive about an hour to Central Market in Dallas to indulge in this delight. Recently we were are out of town and needed to grab lunch and we ended up trying Corner Bakery Cafe's tomato soup. It was very different from the tomato bisque of years past, so different it's not quite comparable. But, it was very tasty in its own right - it was chunky, sweet, and richly tomatoey with a nice herby aroma. In fact, we've been craving more tomato soup ever since! So, we set out to make some of our own. The soup we came up with is super simple and simply delicious! Because it relies on canned tomatoes you can make it year round.

Simple Tomato Soup
Olive oil for the pot
1 Medium Onion, diced
1 Large Celery Stalk, diced
1 Large Carrot, peeled and diced
4 Large Garlic Cloves, minced
2 14oz. Cans Diced Fire-Roasted Tomatoes
2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
1 Tablespoon Honey
2 teaspoons dried Basil
Sea Salt to Taste

1) Heat a medium pot over medium heat. Coat the pot with a little olive oil, add the diced vegetables and saute until the vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.

2) To the pot add: the tomatoes along with their juice, the tomato paste, honey, and basil. Fill up one of the empty tomato cans with water and add it to the pot too.

3) Cover the pot, reduce the heat to low, and let it simmer for 30 minutes. Taste and add salt as needed.

Serve piping hot with a nice green salad for a lovely light lunch!

As usual, I've included this post as part of several weekly recipe sharing events: Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays , Making Monday Marvelous, Just Something I Whipped Up, My Meatless Mondays, Just Another Meatless Monday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Tempt my Tummy Tuesday, Tasty Tuesdays , Tuesdays at the Table, Real Food Wednesdays, Whatcha Makin' Wednesdays, Full Plate Thursday, Friday Foodie, Friday Favorites, and Foodie Friday.Check out all the great recipes other bloggers have contributed!


  1. OK - the fire roasted tomatoes make a BIG difference here. They add the smokiness that is so so good in a soup. I no longer eat meat but I still crave that smokey taste. I will definitely be giving this recipe a try! Thanks, again, for linking up to Foodie Friday. I hope to see you again next week!!

  2. LBR - I absolutely agree. We don't eat meat either, but we also love smokey tastes. Sometimes we use liquid smoke (which is 100% natural), but recently we found smoked sea salt which we love. I got it at our local health food store it's called Applewood Smoked Sea Salt - I highly recommend it! Enjoy the soup :)

  3. There is nothing like a great bowl of Tomato Soup and your recipe looks delicious. Thanks for sharing it with us at Full Plate Thursday!

  4. Miz Helen - We definetly agree and it is always nice to have quick and easy recipe in your back pocket :)

  5. Sounds great. I am always looking for a good tomato soup recipe! Thanks!