Authors in Bloom: Easy Homegrown Tomato Soup

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Mar 27-Apr 5, 2017

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:

Large, healthy cherry tomato plants in growboxesWhen the plants grow this well, there are a lot of tomatoes. And I mean A LOT! This was just the first harvest.

Three silver bowls filled with cherry tomoatesSo, what do I do when my kitchen is overrun with tiny little tomatoes on every possible surface? I make SOUP.

And here’s the recipe I use that turns out great every time!

Easy Homegrown Tomato Soup

Download a PDF copy of this recipe for printing.

(Makes approx. 4 servings)

Tomato soup ingredients (broth, carrots, potatoes, basil, onion, tomatoes) layed out on a counterIngredients

  • 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.

Equipment

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.

Directions

  1. Add all the vegetables to a large sauce pan.
  2. Pour in the chicken broth and water.
  3. Add the garlic, basil and oregano, then a dash of cayenne and stir.
  4. Taste the broth and add salt and black pepper to taste.**
  5. 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.
  6. Ladle the soup into the blender in small amounts and puree until smooth.
  7. Place the sieve over the second saucepan and strain the soup coming out of the blender to remove the tomato seeds and skin.***
  8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 until all the soup has been blended and strained.
  9. Place the pureed soup on the stove to heat through if it has cooled while blending.
  10. 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!

A white bowl filled with delicious tomoato soup.**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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32 comments

  • What a great way to use up all those tomatoes. Can’t wait to try it!

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  • Sharon Guagliardo

    I think my most interesting decade is the one happening right now. There are so many advances in medicine, technology, writing, everything. It’s very exciting to be here. Thank you for this Hopportunity!! Thank you for the great recipe and tip. Subscribed to newsletter, following on facebook and twitter. Thank you. Sharon catwoman-1(at)comcast(dot)net

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  • The 80’s were to bad for me. The big hair and the layered matching slouched socks were a little much but the music was great and I had some great friends.

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  • Rachael Clemons

    My least favorite is right now. People have gotten too sensitive and get offended over anything. Thanks for doing the hop.

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  • Thanks so much for participating in this great hop!!! I can’t believe how healthy your tomato plants and how much they produced. My husband fights every year to get even half that many. I am going to try the recipe also. Thanks!!

    I enjoyed the 60’s. I was married then and had both of my children at the end of the 60’s and early 70’s.

    Judy Cox
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  • My favorite decade was the 90’s. I got to wear comfy flannel and never had to iron, all in the name of grunge; the music was great, and the internet was new and amazing.

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  • Thanks for the fabulous chance my email is bnc12d@yahoo.com

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  • Thanks for the chance.

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  • Definitely the 80’s is my favorite. I was a kid growing up and mostly it was fond memories. The music, the fashion, videos, walkmans….good times. Christina
    whistleinthewind74@hotmail.com

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  • I l love cherry tomatoes. I don’t really have a favorite decade, 80’s music is good. Lrskt@yahoo.com

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  • I liked the 80’s — because that’s when I was a kid, hanging at CBGB and Mudd Club in NYC, and generally having an awesome time.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

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  • My favorite decade is the 2000s, all three of my children were born during it. Thanks for the chance! turtleemiwee(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  • looks tasty

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  • Sounds like a broken record but I like the 80’s as well. BUT I like old music and I use to have a 50’s diner in my house. Down sized houses and don’t have room for it any more. But had my own Big Boy and Coca Cola Soda Fountain! Book luck with the hop! Barbara Tiller Cole

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  • I am a child of the 80’s/early 90’s, but the music of the 70’s is my favorite! Thanks for the giveaway! 💖
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  • Entered! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  • I loved The 70’s.

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  • love your prize and recipe. It’s hard for me to choose. I feel like I love the first decade, 1900-1910. pre world war 1 era

    pailofpearls@gmail.com

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  • wow. your tomatoes look amazing! I totally failed at mine last year. I may try again, but I also have to move at some point and that’s not fun to transport. Thank you for the recipe.

    My favorite decade… I really love the 1910s because there is so much going on during that decade. I have a mild obsession with WW I.

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  • Yum! I’m a huge fan of the 50s aesthetic, though I would have found it a bit stifling. For my favorite decade, can I transplant that clothing the future? I think my favorite decade is yet to come!.

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  • Congratulations to Belinda C., winner of the Fabulous Fifties earrings! Belinda, I will be in touch via email to arrange delivery of your prize.

    Thank you all for joining our blog hop this year! It’s been so much fun hearing what everyone’s favorite/least favorite decade is and seeing all the yummy recipes and gardening tips being shared.

    Enjoy your spring! I think I see signs that it’s planning to stick around in New England now. Threats of more snow have finally vanished (ooops! I better not jinx it. We did have snow in late April one year, but that was a long time ago.). 🙂

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