Five Minute Tomato Soup


Today is a perfect late winter day. A tromp to the barn with birds singing and sunshine glittering against frost-covered trees — entirely satisfying.

I need to make lunch but there’s no rush. This morning I counted to see which home canned goods we’re going through more quickly than others. We’ve been piling through salsa, zacusca, and applesauce the most. But we still have a a few dozen quarts of marinara made with our tomatoes, garlic, peppers, and onions.  I grab a jar, knowing soup will be on in minutes.

There are lots of ways to transform tomato sauce or marinara into tomato soup. If you’re using plain tomato sauce, add a pinch or two of basil, oregano, black pepper, and garlic powder. If you’re using marinara or spaghetti sauce, no need unless you’d like some extra kick.

Then pour your tomato sauce of choice into a saucepan. If you’re using a quart, add 1 tablespoon salt, if you’re using a pint add a half tablespoon.

Fill the sauce jar about a third of the way full with half-and-half (or for a really good soup, use all heavy cream) — basically close to a ratio of three parts sauce to one part cream. You might want to add more cream to taste. (Yes, you can use milk or soymilk or almond milk, it’ll just be less rich and more watery.)

Heat to a simmer but do not boil. Taste. If you’d like, garnish with croutons, fresh herbs, and/or some hefty shavings of Romano or Parmesan cheese. Yum.

About Laura Grace Weldon

Laura Grace Weldon is the author of two poetry collections --- Blackbird (Grayson Books, 2019) and Tending (Aldrich Press, 2013), as well as Free Range Learning, a handbook of natural learning (Hohm Press, 2010). She lives on Bit of Earth Farm where she's a barely useful farm wench. Although she has deadlines to meet she often wanders from the computer to preach hope, snort with laughter, cook subversively, ponder life’s deeper meaning, talk to chickens and cows, sing to bees, hide in books, walk dogs, concoct tinctures, watch foreign films, and make messy art. Blog: FB: FB: FB: Twitter: @earnestdrollery
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3 Responses to Five Minute Tomato Soup

  1. katechiconi says:

    Num num…. such a shame that we don’t get really good soup weather. Not that it stops me making several litres of soup each week. The Husband prefers a Thermos mug of home made soup to more traditional truck driver fare (which he refers to dismissively as ‘Wide Fried’), so every week there’s chicken with vegetables and rice, or curried pumpkin, or lamb and chickpea, or beef and three beans, or… Well, you get the idea. He likes a good kick of chilli in his tomato soup!

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