Authors in Bloom: Easy Homegrown Tomato Soup
Cherry tomatoes are so easy to grow! And you don’t even need a big garden for it. These little guys do great in containers. Sun, soil, water and a little tomato fertilizer and you’re good to go.
Last year I planted an extra cherry tomato seedling I had in a five-gallon bucket and it grew to be about 5 feet high. (A wire cage helps if you don’t have a railing or something nearby for support). Gave me tons of tomatoes for months.
Usually I grow my cherry tomatoes in grow boxes (from A Garden Patch) on my porch. These handy boxes have a water reservoir on the bottom so you don’t have to water the plants so much (although in the heat of summer I was filling that reservoir every day — tomatoes can be very thirsty!)
The tomatoes in my grow boxes FLOURISHED. Last year was my biggest harvest yet! Here’s a snapshot of the plants just before they started bearing fruit. That’s six tomato plants in two grow boxes:
And here’s the recipe I use that turns out great every time!
Easy Homegrown Tomato Soup
(Makes approx. 4 servings)
- 40 cherry or grape tomatoes
- 3 white potatoes (peeled and cubed)
- 3-4 large carrots, chopped
- 1 white onion, chopped
- 1 32oz. box of low-fat/low-sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp chopped garlic
- 4-5 fresh basil leaves (chopped), OR 2 tsp dried basil flakes
- 1 tsp dried oregano*
- a dash of ground cayenne pepper
- small amounts of black pepper and salt to taste
- optional garnish: parsley, croutons and shredded cheddar cheese
*Could use fresh oregano; I just don’t have any in my herb garden to test with.
You will need a large covered sauce pan, an electric blender, a ladle, a wire sieve/fine mesh strainer, and a second sauce pan for use during blending.
- Add all the vegetables to a large sauce pan.
- Pour in the chicken broth and water.
- Add the garlic, basil and oregano, then a dash of cayenne and stir.
- Taste the broth and add salt and black pepper to taste.**
- Bring the saucepan contents to a boil, then reduce heat, cover the sauce pan and simmer for about 40 minutes or until the potatoes and carrots are fork-tender.
- Ladle the soup into the blender in small amounts and puree until smooth.
- Place the sieve over the second saucepan and strain the soup coming out of the blender to remove the tomato seeds and skin.***
- Repeat steps 6 and 7 until all the soup has been blended and strained.
- Place the pureed soup on the stove to heat through if it has cooled while blending.
- Serve in a mug or bowl with a sprig of parsley, croutons or cheddar cheese sprinkled on top.
Traditionally, this soup goes great with grilled cheese sandwiches. Enjoy!
**I find it usually needs a bit of salt, but not as much as you’d find in regular cartons of chicken broth, which is why I go for the low-sodium variety. You can also add more cayenne pepper if you like your soup a little spicy.
***Because the soup is thick, you may need to use a spoon to stir it around in the sieve to help it through the mesh. Worth the extra effort, though. Soup comes out so silky! Don’t want to strain? That’s okay, too. I’ve had the soup without straining and it’s fine. The seeds and skin won’t kill ya. 😉
Leftovers? Store portions of the soup in air-tight containers for a week in fridge or for months in the freezer.
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