Two-Can Ten-Minute Homemade Tomato Soup ♥ Quick Recipe

Two-Can Ten-Minute Homemade Tomato Soup.
Today's easy homemade soup recipe: Tomato soup made from scratch in just ten minutes. No "weird" ingredients like canned tomato soup and lower in calories, too.

So I suspect that purists won't consider this homemade soup. After all, I didn't till the soil to grow the tomatoes and I certainly didn't toil over a hot stove canning summer tomatoes, all to toss together an easy, steaming bowl of tomato soup during the cold and damp of a Midwestern winter.

But here's why for me, Two-Can Ten-Minute Homemade Tomato Soup not only qualifies, it rocks. Let's look at the ingredient lists.

Diced Tomatoes: Tomatoes.*
Tomato Sauce: Tomato Concentrate, Salt, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Dried Bell Pepper.*
* Caveat: It took careful examination of several labels to find diced tomatoes and tomato sauce without sugar.

versus

Campbell's Condensed Tomato Soup (Australia**): Tomato Puree, Sugar, Onions, Modified Tapioca Starch, Salt, Garlic, Acidity Regulator, Natural Flavors, Xanthum Gum, Natural Food Color, Herbs, Spices.
Campbell's Condensed Tomato Soup (United States**): Tomato Puree, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Wheat Flour, Water, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Flavoring, Citric Acid, Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid, Monopotassium Phosphate.
** Fascinating, the difference in the ingredient lists between canned tomato soup in Australia and canned tomato soup in the U.S. Are the soups actually different or do the labels reflect differences in labeling laws?

Besides, did I mention it takes just ten minutes to make this soup? That's start-to-finish, with plenty of hands-off time to make grilled cheese sandwiches. Yahoo, lunch!

For the record, I like both my two other tomato soup recipes a little better than this one. My Winter Tomato Soup roasts canned tomatoes with a bit of sugar, then slowly cooks the soup for a long time in the oven or in a slow cooker, it's rich and tomato-y. In contrast, my Summer's Tomato Soup must-must-must be made with perfect summer tomatoes, it's as delicate as can be and aha! cooks in just 15 minutes.

RECIPE for TWO-CAN TEN-MINUTE HOMEMADE TOMATO SOUP

Hands-on time: 5 minutes
Time to table: 10 minutes
Makes 5-1/2 cups

1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons butter
1-3/4 cup skim milk (just use one of the empty cans to measure this)
1/3 cup non-fat Greek yogurt or sour cream
1 teaspoon garlic powder (or to taste)
Salt & pepper to taste

In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, stir together tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and baking soda. Stir in butter and milk and bring just to a boil but do not allow to boil. Stir in Greek yogurt, garlic powder and salt and pepper and bring back to temperature. Serve immediately.

ALANNA's TIPS & KITCHEN NOTES
Margie's recipe called for sour cream, I used the non-fat but high-protein Greek yogurt that was on hand.
The baking soda will cause a "fluff" to form on the soup while it cooks. This will eventually be stirred off, once the soup is done.
I was out of skim milk so actually used unsweetened vanilla almond milk. No problem!
At first, I tried the soup without that little bit of butter. At least when using non-fat Greek yogurt, this little bit of richness was important to both texture and flavor. Would it be needed with sour cream? Maybe not, let me know!
For those who'd prefer avoiding insidious sources of sugar, do check labels carefully.



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10 comments:

I'm curious about the reason for the baking soda.

Catholic Bibilophagist ~ Good question! I know that my Summer Tomato Soup calls for baking soda too, so do other recipes. I have the idea that the baking soda reduces the acidity of the tomatoes that might otherwise curdle the milk. Thoughts, anyone???

You are correct Alanna
My Mom always used the soda and told me that was why, of course I had to try and prove her wrong, I made the soup left it out, and found out Mom was right, Life would have been easier if only we would have listened.

I often add a touch of baking soda to recipes that call for lots of canned tomato products. It neutralizes the acidity and the somewhat metallic taste and brings out the sweetness of the tomatoes without needing to add any sugar.

Your recipe sounds like something I should try, but w/o soda. We sometimes get Tomato-Basil [hot, supermarket] which is good. So I will try it w/ flavored diced, and let you know. Add some of that damn pesto from freezer. We will just stir in the Greek yogurt at table, like borscht. And hope for the best. But this is Soup Weather.

I’m one of those who grew the tomatoes and canned the tomatoes [Little Red Hen] but all have green pepper in them, as we had a super green pepper crop.

Hmm...I sure wish the US would take a cue from the Aussie and try using Tapioca instead of flaming WHEAT in everything! My mom has Celiac and besides homemade, the only friendly soups are a few Progresso varieties. You wouldn't believe what all has some form of wheat in it! It's insane!

This looks like a great use of my home canned tomatoes from last year. They're too watery to use in most recipes that call for canned tomatoes.
I'm interested to try the baking soda trick - I find canned tomatoes just a little too acidic sometimes, so that might take care of the problem.
Thanks Alanna!

My kids thank you for this recipe. I thank you because it allows me to throw together a really quick, hot lunch. This is a must recipe for busy, homeschooling moms who need to feed the hungry horde.

What brand tomatoes do you use? I tried my favorites, Tuttoroso, and found the flavor not "tomato"y enough. So I added some tomato paste and honey. Still not enough tomato flavor for the soup for me...

Elle ~ Hmmm, just the name" Tuttoroso" sounds so good. I usually just buy the house-brand of my local grocery store's tomatoes so am sure that what I used wasn't anything special. If you're game to try again, you might try Winter Tomato Soup where the tomatoes are roasted beforehand. You give up the convenience factor however ... especially if it means buying a tomato you wouldn't normally keep on hand.

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