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12 Ways to Top Your Tomato Soup

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1/11/2013 6:00 PM   :  22 comments   :  21,982 Views

There's something so comforting about tomato soup, especially when paired with a grilled cheese sandwich. Today we're sharing with you a simple recipe for a homemade version of this comforting classic, plus ideas for how to top your soup--and easy ways to transform it into other meals.
 
Mmm, mmm, better! That's what you will be saying when you try my easy Creamy Tomato Soup.  It tastes so much better than the stand-by canned variety, which rely on salt for most of their taste.
 
The condensed tomato soup we grew up eating has 480 mg sodium (about 20% of the max you should consume in a day). The homemade version has less than 100 mg per serving.
 
Tomato soup is delightful on its own, but it also pairs well with all sorts of toppings. Try one of these flavorful toppings:
 
  1. baked whole wheat croutons with chopped parsley
  2. celery leaves
  3. chopped chives and Greek yogurt
  4. diced Canadian ham cooked in a dry skillet
  5. cumin seed and roasted corn
  6. cooked whole wheat Israeli (pearl) couscous
  7. crumbled feta cheese mixed with fresh thyme and basil
  8. steamed brown rice
  9. peeled and diced cucumber
  10. chopped boiled egg whites
  11. grilled shrimp
  12. chopped black and green olives
 
No way still have some soup left?  Try one of these tasty twists with the leftovers:
 
  1. Use as a sauce for roast chicken, then top with chopped thyme and parsley.
  2. Pour over meatloaf in the last 15 minutes of cooking to add flavor, color, and moisture.
  3. Add to broth-based vegetable soups to boost flavor and add color.
  4. Turn it into a tomato minestrone soup. Thin the soup with more stock, then add cooked whole wheat pasta, white or red beans, diced carrots and celery. Top with shredded basil or parsley.
  5. Add 1/2 cup dry lentils to 2 cups tomato soup.  Simmer until the lentils are tender, adding more stock if necessary.
  6. Use as a base for quick gumbo: Add chopped cooked chicken, diced green onions, steamed brown rice, chopped cooked shrimp, and sliced sautéed okra.
  7. Add chopped thyme, dried basil, dried oregano and grated parmesan cheese to make a quick pasta sauce for ravioli.  Stir in spinach and cook until wilted.
  8. Start your day with a virgin Bloody Mary--perfect served warm in a mug in winter or over ice in a tall glass in the summer.  Thin the soup with additional tomato juice (no salt added).   Top with a shake of hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce and a stalk of celery and sip away.
 
What is your favorite way to eat tomato soup?
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  • LUPE_SEIN
    22
    Couple of proofreading issues:
    -"It tastes so much better than the stand-by canned variety, which rely on salt for most of their taste." 'The stand-by canned variety' is singular, so it should be 'which relies on salt for most of its taste.' Alternatively, you could change 'variety' to its plural, 'varieties.'

    -"No way still have some soup left?": I think you left out the word 'you.' Also, I'm not sure it's really a question. - 2/4/2013   3:41:52 PM
  • 21
    Plain old air popped popcorn in tomato soup is HEAVEN. My mother used to fix this for us as children and it is FABULOUS! nI still prefer mine that way. n - 1/14/2013   7:15:45 PM
  • 20
    YUMMY!!!!! - 1/14/2013   4:57:34 PM
  • 19
    There is almost nothing better than dipping a grilled cheese sandwich in tomato soup. NOM NOM NOM - 1/14/2013   3:08:38 PM
  • 18
    My mother always served tomato soup with popcorn floating on top. Sometimes the popcorn had garlic powder or parmesan cheese sprinkled on it.
    In later years we learned JFK had that served at his Inaugural Luncheon. (at least that is what we were told) - 1/13/2013   3:01:34 PM
  • 17
    I normally only use tomato soup as an ingredient. Most often, I use it as part of the base for homemade vegetable soup. - 1/13/2013   12:23:54 PM
  • 16
    Gr8 ideas! - 1/13/2013   12:11:47 PM
  • SPRINGBABY80
    15
    Tomatoe Soup is great but it does have so much SODUIM!!! I often water my soup down or add various vegetables to my soup and some pepper. Yummy. I might just have that tonight. - 1/13/2013   10:15:39 AM
  • 14
    Help! - What is "Seeduction" bread?

    Great suggestions here. Thanks. - 1/13/2013   7:53:45 AM
  • 13
    I love a grilled cheese with my tomato soup! But, I also like to top my TS with Spoon Sized Shredded Wheat biscuits! Yum! - 1/12/2013   9:53:24 PM
  • 12
    Gr8 ideas - 1/12/2013   9:19:50 PM
  • 11
    Yes I remember the tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches at school for lunch. Home was the same combination from Mom. I use it in meatloaf and if I make my own BBQ sauce. It's one of those soups you just love to drink from a little mug. Thanks for the great ideas!!! :))) - 1/12/2013   4:53:34 PM
  • 10
    Shrimp in tomato soup? I couldn't wrap my tongue around that when I still ate meat and seafood.
    The other toppings sound good, except the ham. Being a veg meat is out but I still have dairy once in a while. The brie idea sounds nummy. - 1/12/2013   4:12:12 PM
  • 9
    Definitely always loved tomato soup with grilled cheese as a childhood Sunday night supper before or after evening church. My grown-up convenient version was Amy's organic tomato bisque, using cheddar & brie on "Seeduction" bread - and grilled with real butter (of course).
    However, we now avoid wheat and limit dairy -- so this is indeed a rare treat!
    - 1/12/2013   2:23:54 PM
  • 8
    I like Pacific Brand creamy tomato soup and mix it with a jar of carrot baby food...high form of beta carotene and double the vegs and makes a serving lower in calories. I love some of these topping ideas and as soup is on the plan for today I will try one of them. - 1/12/2013   11:15:29 AM
  • 7
    Best ever thing to eat on a snowy cold day.. grilled cheese dipped in that hot creamy soup is nirvana!! We could not eat meat on Fridays, so it was a bi-monthly meal for us growing up!! I use 1/2% milk now , cannot abide it with water. To ,well watery tasting! - 1/12/2013   10:05:08 AM
  • 6
    very timely - soup eaten at the beginning of a meal can reduce the calories eaten overall, and soup is especially good as a winter comfort food. I love tomato soup and regularly buy goat cheese - one of my favorite combos. These new ideas are going on my "stand by meal" list! THANKS - 1/12/2013   5:22:11 AM
  • 5
    When I was younger my Mom would cut up hotdogs and put them in. Small pieces. I do the same now but with Turkey Dogs. - 1/12/2013   4:48:15 AM
  • 4
    When I was in my 20's my friend showed me that putting a medium-sized spoonful of cottage cheese in the soup was quite delicious! (It ends up being a little like ricotta in lasagna!)

    (My kids think I'm crazy and won't even touch tomato soup.) -- We used to have it growing up on Sunday nights with melted cheese sandwiches. - 1/12/2013   2:54:52 AM
  • 3
    I have NEVER had tomatoe soup with a grilled cheese. I must try this combo sometime. Sounds good. - 1/12/2013   12:53:57 AM
  • 2
    When I was young my mother used to make Velveeta sandwiches and we used to dip them into the (tomato) soup and eat the end off - the combination was to die for. - 1/11/2013   11:29:57 PM
  • 1
    I like eating raw tomatoes. - 1/11/2013   7:11:17 PM

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