This post is sponsored by Acorn Influence, however all opinions are entirely my own. #TheHolidayBox
Each year we put out an abundance of tomato plants in our garden, with several unique varieties. I’ll nearly founder on them when they get ripe, and when I’ve had all I can take, I start to can them. I generally process our tomatoes whole, and I can then use them to create a variety of dishes during the winter time. I love tomatoes and I’ll never turn my nose up to them, unless they’re in canned tomato soup.
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I will eat some store-bought canned tomato soups, but there is something about most of them that turns my stomach. Among the many uses I find for our homegrown canned tomatoes (salsa, pasta sauce, chili, etc.), one of my favorite things to make is homemade tomato soup. You can really savor the tomatoes in homemade tomato soup, and you’re free to add as little or as much spice as you personally prefer. It’s perfect paired with a grilled cheese sandwich on a cool fall or winter day.
I was out of bread when I made my homemade tomato soup, so I topped it off with shredded cheddar cheese and a tablespoon of panko bread crumbs to add a little crunch. I have always struggled with getting my whole canned tomatoes chopped down in the food processor, and I was excited to see what my new Nutri Ninja with Auto IQ could do. I received it in my #TheHolidayBox from Acorn. I had seen them several times while shopping at Walmart, and I was holding out hope someone might take a hint and get me one for Christmas. I was almost giddy to try it out, and I was really impressed by how quickly and finely it pureed the tomatoes for my soup.
I grabbed this tidbit of information from their website, “Auto-iQ™ Smooth Boost™ technology takes drink customization to the next level. A unique combination of powerful Ninja® blades, high-torque motor, and high speeds allows you achieve an even greater level of smoothness than Ninja® has ever delivered before—all at the touch of a button.”
I can’t wait to use my Nutri Ninja when I start canning again next summer; it will make processing a breeze on those hot days.
I could easily create homemade tomato soup for one or for several. You can follow these directions to create one serving of homemade tomato soup:
- 1 cup canned whole or diced tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 whole basil leaf
- Pinch garlic
- Pinch salt
- Pinch oregano
- Pinch black pepper
- Combine tomatoes, milk, and basil leaf in the Nutri Ninja, and process until fine.
- Pour mixture into a medium pot and bring to a low boil.
- Add garlic, salt, oregano, and pepper
- Simmer for 15 minutes
I actually added 3-4 baby carrots into my mixture before processing to boost the nutrient content. The Nutri Ninja with Auto IQ pureed them so fine they were undetectable. This feature would be very handy if you have a child (or adult) that struggled to eat vegetables.
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You could also add spinach, kale, or parsnips to your tomato soup to add nutrition or color.
I also used the Chicago Cutlery Knife Set that I received in my #TheHolidayBox to chop any ingredients that were too large to fit in my Nutri Ninja. The knife set felt good in my hand and even made cutting carrots in a half a breeze.
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I generally make more than one serving at a time and store it for later consumption. One of the problems I’ve found with storing tomato based products is that it often stains whatever container it’s in. The new Premier Rubbermaid Food Storage Containers resist stains and odors, and they’re available in a variety of sizes.
I use a piece of washi tape and a Sharpie fade resistant marker to label and date anything that goes into the fridge or freezer.
You can have delicious homemade tomato soup in under 3o minutes, and feel free to alter the recipe to suit your personal preference. You could even use your favorite brand of canned tomatoes if you don’t have any canned at home.
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