Thursday, January 6, 2011

Tomato Florentine Soup

This is a great soup because it is accepting of any flavors you might want to add. It's loosely based on Budget Bytes' Swamp Soup recipe and it caught my eye because of the ingredient list. I've never made a tomato based soup that actually used pasta sauce in it before, but it made perfect sense to me. We often have a half full jar of tomato sauce in our fridge that is left over from one thing or another. Adding it to this soup tasted great because the sauce is already seasoned so I had to add very little in terms of spices for this soup.

After changing the recipe quite a bit and working with the contents of my own kitchen, I ended up with this. Dan the Man wanted it on the record that future versions of this soup should experiment with the addition of chicken or pasta. To make it a little heartier I'd like to try adding another can of smaller beans, like Great Northern beans, to add some extra protein and color variation.

for a vegan or dairy-free meal, omit the parmesan cheese at the end and replace with fresh basil leaves for garnish.
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 4 carrots, sliced in 1/4-inch pieces
  • 4 stalks celery, sliced in 1/4-inch pieces
  • big pinch (about 1/2 tsp) oregano
  • big pinch of basil
  • big pinch of parsley
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 3 oz (about 1/2 bag) fresh baby spinach
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes (don't drain - you will need the juice)
  • 15.5 oz can beans, drained and rinsed (I used red kidney beans)
  • 12 oz (or 1/2 jar) tomato sauce
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • parmesan cheese for garnish (optional)

  1. Heat olive oil in large stockpot over medium heat.
  2. Add garlic, onion, carrots, celery, spices, and pepper. Stir well and let cook for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add spinach, cover stockpot, and reduce heat to low. Cook until spinach is wilted, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add tomatoes (with their juice), beans, tomato sauce and broth. Cover, return heat to medium and cook until soup is heated throughout.
  5. Serve as is or sprinkled (covered?) with parmesan cheese.

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