Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Blizzard Tomato Soup!

It's a freaking blizzard here in the Midwest. So I am snowed in....for a while. The only cure for cabin fever? Grilled Cheeze and Tomato Soup, of course! And plenty of Netflix/Hulu/Twilight Saga/Facebooking/Lost Boys to keep me entertained indoors! Here's my yummy tomato soup recipe. I add a potato to increase the creaminess and thickness of the soup without having to add much margarine or "cream" to keep it lower in fat. This is simply delicious and is just begging to have a pesto grilled cheeze (made with Daiya cheddar!) dipped into it. So perfect together, I can't even believe it! Blizzard Tomato Soup (serves 4-6)
2 Tbs vegetable oil or margarine
1 medium yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
optional: 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp paprika
Pinch cayenne
1 Tbs dried thyme
1 medium potato, small diced
1 Tbs white wine or white wine vinegar
1 cup vegetable broth
2-15 oz cans crushed tomatoes, not drained plus 1 can worth of water
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp salt, and to taste
Pinch nutmeg
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup almond milk or non-dairy milk of choice

In a medium pot, heat oil or margarine over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute 5 minutes until softened and lightly browned. Lower heat to medium and add garlic. Cook 1 minute to brown. Add jalapeno (if using), cumin, paprika, cayenne, and thyme, as well as the diced potato. Cook 30 seconds to toast spices. Deglaze pan by adding wine and vegetable stock. Bring to a boil and cook, covered, for 10 minutes. Add canned tomatoes, water, black and white peppers, salt, onion and garlic powders, and nutmeg. Simmer over low heat, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Add almond milk and puree using an immersion blender. If using a regular blender, you will need to blend this in batches. Puree until smooth. Return to heat and cook 5 more minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot with a gooey grilled cheeze or simply lots of crispy crackers!


foodfeud said...

I love tomato soup! I used to up the tomato intake with a grilled cheese/tom sandwich dipped in tomato soup.
Here NYC the snow is still around but finally quieted...but I still may have to make my version of this meal. The two together are a seriously good match.

Aly said...

Yum! Sounds great. I would absolutely love to cook with you someday. Or at least share a meal together! You are one of the few vegans I know in "real life".

Stay warm today! Have you seen Ponyo? It's a great flick for a snow day. Disney's Japanese Little Mermaid.

HayMarket8 said...

Looks great! The snow has been insane this year!