Easy Tomato Soup

Thoughts Before Cooking:

So true, right? So I love tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches paired together. I have shared a few grilled cheese sandwich recipes, but now it is time to share a tomato soup recipe. I don’t know exactly where it comes from, but it was shared with me from my mother.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Minced Garlic Cloves
  • 2 Tablespoons of Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons of All-Purpose Flour
  • 4 Cups of Chicken Broth
  • 1 6-oz Can of Tomato Paste
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Cup of Half and Half
  • Chopped Fresh Tomatoes, Optional

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, saute garlic in butter for 1 minute.
  2. Stir in flour, until blended.
  3. Gradually add the chicken broth.
  4. Stir in tomato paste and cayenne until well blended.
  5. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 mins or until thickened.
  6. Reduce heat and gradually stir in cream. (Do not boil)
  7. Garnish with chopped tomatoes if desired.

Thoughts After Cooking:

I LOVED it! This soup was so good, especially with grilled cheese sandwiches. I recommend it.

For more soup recipes, go to Iron-Rich Black Bean Soup

For more tomato soup recipes, go to One-Pot Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

For more recipes, go to Hillshire Farm Crustless Quiche

Individual Vegetable Terrines with a Spicy Tomato Sauce

So I was shelving book in the library and saw this cookbook Vegetarian: Tasty Recipes for Every Day, by Helen Aitken, and was just captured by that image on the cover. I had to check it out and make it for myself

Ingredients:

Vegetable Terrines

  • 1/2 Cup of Oil
  • 2 Zucchini, Sliced on the Diagonal
  • 1 lb Eggplant, Sliced
  • 1 Small Fennel Bulb, Sliced
  • 10 oz of Ricotta Cheese (I don’t like Ricotta so I use Cottage Cheese)
  • 2 oz of Parmesan Cheese, Grated
  • 1 Tablespoon of Fresh Flat-leaf Parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon of Chopped Fresh Chives
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, Grilled, and cut into large pieces
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper, Grilled, and cut into large pieces

Spicy Tomato Sauce

  • 1 Tablespoon of Oil
  • 1 Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, crushed
  • 1 Red Chili, seeded and chopped
  • 14 oz Can of Chopped Tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons of Tomato Paste

Directions:

Vegetable Terrines

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large frying pan. Cook the vegetables in separate batches on high heat for 5 mins, or until golden, adding oil if needed.
  2. Drain vegetables separately on paper towels.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  4. Place the cheeses and herbs in a small bowl and mix together.
  5. Lightly grease four 1 1/4 cup ramekins and line with baking paper.
  6. Using half the eggplant, put a layer in the base of each dish.
  7. Layer with zucchini, bell pepper, cheese mixture, fennel and onion over the eggplant.
  8. Cover with the remaining eggplant and press down firmly.
  9. Bake for 10-15 mins or until hot.
  10. Leave for 5 minutes before turning out.

Spicy Tomato Sauce

  1. Heat oil in a saucepan and cook the onion and garlic for 2-3 mins or until soft.
  2. Ass the chili, tomato, and tomato paste and simmer for 5 mins or until thick and pulpy.
  3. Purée in a food processor.
  4. Return to the saucepan and keep warm.
  5. Spoon over the terrines.

Thoughts After Reading:

This was sooooooooooooooooooo good that I ate it all instantly and forgot to take a pic. I strongly recommend it! Like I am serious, words cannot describe how delicious this was.

And if in a time crunch, you can substitute the spicy sauce for pasta sauce.

For more vegetarian recipes, go to Vegetable Tempura

For more recipes, go to Scrambled Eggs with Spinach & Parmesan

 

Hearty Lasagna Soup

Thoughts Before Cooking:

My husband and I love lasagna, so when I came on this recipe I knew it would be perfect. This recipe comes from 12 Tomatoes: Simple Recipes, Serious Flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs of Italian Sausage
  • 1 28 oz can of Crushed Tomatoes
  • 10 oz Lasagna Noodles, Broken into Smaller Pieces
  • 8 oz Fresh Kale (Optional)
  • 4 Cups Low-Sodium Chicken Stock
  • 2 Cups of Water
  • 1 Cup of White Onion, Chopped
  • 1/2 Cup of Parmesan Cheese, Grated
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 2 Tablespoons of Tomato Paste
  • 2 Tablespoons of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon of Dried Basil
  •  1 Teaspoon of Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Red Pepper Flakes

Directions:

  1. In a large stockpot heat the olive oil and brown the sausage.
  2. Once sausage is cooked, add the onion and cook until softened.
  3. Add garlic and cook 1-2 minutes, or until fragrant.
  4. Season with salt and pepper, add the basil, oregano, and red pepper.
  5. Stir in tomato paste until incorporated, then add the crushed tomatoes, chicken stock, water, and bay leaves.
  6. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 mins, then reduce heat and simmer for 25-30 mins.
  7. Add lasagna noodles and kale and cook for 8-10 mins.
  8. Transfer to bowls and top with cheese.

Thoughts After Reading:

I left my soup on the stove to cool so I good put it away in the fridge and when it had all the liquid was pretty much gone!

But otherwise it was really good and I would definitely make it again.

For more lasagna noodle recipes, go to Broken Lasagna with Zucchini-Tomato Sauce

For more soup recipes, go to Black Bean and Turkey Stew

For more recipes, go to London Fog Fauxccino

Creamy Tomato Spinach Pasta

Thoughts Before Cooking:

This first attracted me as it looked delicious and then when I saw how cheap Budget Bytes said it was, I was sold.

Only one issue, I don’t know where she is shopping but everything cost way more than what she said. I mean 1 onion for 25¢? 2 lbs of penne pasta for 89¢? 2 oz cream cheese for 48¢? Really?

Ingredients:

  • 1-15 oz can of Diced Tomatoes
  • 9 oz of fresh Spinach
  • 1/2 Teaspoons of Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 Teaspoons of Dried Basil
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Tablespoons of Tomato Paste
  • 1 lb of Penne Pasta
  • 1/2 Teaspoons of Salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Pepper
  • 1 Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • 2 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup of Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
  2. While waiting for the pasta, dice the onion and mince the garlic. Cook both in a large skillet with olive oil on medium heat until softened and transparent.
  3. Add diced tomatoes (with juices), oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, salt, and some pepper to the skillet of onion and garlic.
  4. Turn the heat down to low. Cut the cream cheese into a few pieces and then add them to the skillet with the tomato sauce.
  5. Use a whisk to stir the sauce until the cream cheese has melted in and the sauce is creamy.
  6. Add half the Parmesan to the skillet and whisk until melted in.
  7. Add remainder of the parmesan and whisk until melted in again.
  8. Add the spinach and gently stir it in, until it has wilted (about 3-5 mins).
  9. Add the pasta and stir until coated in the creamy sauce.
  10. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve warm.

Thoughts After Cooking:

It was okay. Not bad but not anything I look forward to making again.

For more pasta dishes, go to Creamy Parmesan Spaghetti

For more recipe reviews, go to Fajitas

Pizza Siciliana

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Thoughts Before Reading:

This recipe comes from an old cookbook from the ’70s, Time Life’s American Cooking: The Melting Pot, and covers all kind of recipes from the different cultures in the USA.

I am Sicilian so when I saw the pizza I had to try it. I decided to not make the pizza dough with the recipe they gave but followed every other facet.

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Unlike the familar round Neopolitan pizza,  Sicilian pizza is a newcomer to the pizza-loving Americans. It’s soft, breadlike crust and rectangular shape actually make it a more practical recipe for the home. The ingredients for the garnish are flexible; you can substitue such items as sliced cooked sausage, black olives or anchovies for the mushrooms and peppers-or add any or all of them to the recipe given here.”

-Time Life, 1971

Ingredients:

Pizza Dough

  • 3 Cups of Lukewarm Water (110 to 115 degrees F)
  • 2 Packages of Dry Yeast
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Sugar
  • 8-10 Cups of Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon of Salt
  • 4 Tablespoons of Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon of Unsalted Butter, Softened

Directions:

  1. Pour 1/2 cup of lukewarm water into a cup and sprinkle with yeast and sugar.
  2. Let the mixture rest for 2-3 mins, then stir.
  3. Place the cup in a warm, draft-free place (such as an unlighted oven) for about 10 mins, or until the yeast bubbles and the mixture doubles in volume.
  4. Place the 8 cups of flour and the salt in a large mixing bowl and make a well in the center.
  5. Pour in yeast mixture, the ret of the water, the vegetable oil; and with a large wooden spoon incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet.
  6. Continue to stir until the ingredients are well combined and can be shaped into a ball.
  7. Transfer the ball onto a floured surface and begin to knead; pressing the ball with the heel of your hand, pressing forward and folding back.
  8. Knead until dough is smooth, and an elastic medium-firm; (incorporate the 2 more cups of flour if you need to).
  9. With a pastry brush, coat the bottom and the sides of the dough with butter.
  10. Place dough in a bowl and a warm drat-free place for 1-1.5 hours, or until the dough doubles in size. Punch it down with your fists and replace in the bowl to rise again.
  11. Meanwhile, prepare the tomato sauce.
  12. When dough has completed its rising, punch it down and then cut it in half.
  13. Roll out each half to fit in a jelly-roll pan.
  14. Place the dough on the pans and then stretch it with your fingers so hat it fills the edges and corners.
  15. Drape with a towel and place in warm, draft-free place until dough has risen double.

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Ingredients:

Tomato Sauce:

  • 4 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup of finely Chopped Onions
  • 1.5 Teaspoons of finely chopped Garlic
  • 3-1lb cans of solid packed Tomatoes and their liquid
  • 1 Tablespoon of Basil
  • 1 Tablespoon of Oregano
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Pepper
  • 1.5 Teaspoons of Salt
  • 6 oz can of Tomato Paste

Directions:

  1. In a 10-12 inch heavy skillet heat the olive oil, until a lught haze forms.
  2. Add the onions and garlic, stirring frequently until the onion become translucent.
  3. Stir in tomatoes and their liquid, oregano, sugar, black pepper, salt, and tomato paste.
  4. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for an hour.

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Ingredients:

Pizza Garnish:

  • 1 lb of Mozzarella Cheese, coarsely grated
  • 1/2 Cup of finely grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Cup of thinly sliced Mushrooms
  • 1 Large Green Bell Peeper; seeded, deribbed, and thinly sliced
  • 1 Large Red Bell Pepper; seeded, deribbed, and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 Cup of thinly chopped Onions
  • Chopped Sausage
  • Sliced Olives
  • 1/4 Cup of Olive Oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven tp 500 degrees F.
  2. Divide the sauce in half and coat the top of the dough.
  3. Bake in the center of the oven for 30 mintes, then sprinkle with mozzarella, Parmesan, mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, olives,  and sausage.
  4. Dribble the olive oil on top and bake for 10 minutes longer.\Cut pizza into squares and serve at once.

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Thoughts After Baking:

Here is what I thought about this pizza:

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It was amazing! The sauce was the best I have ever had and the only one I will ever make for pizza again. It was just so fantastic!

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You should definitely try this out for yourself!

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For more Italian recipes, go to Italian Wedding Soup

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