Tomato Parmesan Soup

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If you haven’t guessed it already but I am in a wild soup-craze! Cold weather just screams soup to me and a great way to get in some good-for-you-foods that tastes fantastic! 

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This soup is SUPER easy and it is packed with warm fuzzy yummies – if that makes any sense.  I am a fan of grilled cheese and tomato soup. My first memories of this great match was back when I was in grade school.  It was one of my favorite lunches.  The  cooks at my school made awesome food! Our school lunches were a lot different than they are these days.  Everyday they made homemade goodies such as homemade buns, cinnamon rolls and let’s not forget about those cheese wrapped hotdogs in a homemade bun, oh my goodness!  I would die to have one of those again!  Each one of those foods have a nostalgic memory for me, especially tomato soup! 

 

As I was coming home from church the other night, I was thinking about the tomato soup recipe I saved to make that night.  I  realized I didn’t have all the ingredients plus I was not too excited about the recipe because it involved more than 7 ingredients – I really, really despise long recipes, especially when I knew I just wasn’t going to have time because baby Lucy was going to have to eat soon.   So I came home and opened up my frig and started a basic roux, just some butter, flour and milk.  Once it was nice and thick I added some shredded Parmesan cheese.

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The house smelled fantastic!

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Next, I really needed use the left over tomato juice from the chili I made the other day – what a great way to use it up!

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Stirred in a couple cups of tomato juice.  Now the color is not that pretty so hmm . . . needs more tomato flavor . . .

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I added a whole 6 oz can of tomato paste!

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Now that looks better and it tasted AMAZING!  Seriously, this soup tasted like a yummy grilled cheese melted a pool of tomato heaven! 

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So, how simple was that?  I KNOW (that was my impression of Monica from Friends, I kinda like her Smile)!!!

This meal was cleared by my husband, whew, so it has to be a winner in my book!

Now, let’s talk about the health benefits of this soup:  processed tomato products contain more antioxidants than fresh tomatoes, kinda crazy,  but just think how many tomatoes it took to make that delicious tomato paste or sauce?  Lots!

Nutrition Highlights:

  • Tomatoes contain all four major carotenoids: alpha- and beta-carotene, lutein, and lycopene.  Lycopene is a major antioxidant, known to help fight cancers, such as pancreatic and prostate.
  • Tomatoes also contain great amounts of vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamin C.
  • Tomatoes are potassium-rich!  One cup of tomato juice contains 533 milligrams of potassium; 1/2 cup tomato sauce contains 455 milligrams.

 

Topped with some shredded basil and Parmesan, now enjoy!

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Look ONLY SIX INGREDIENTS!  Woohoo!

 

Tomato Parmesan Soup

Ingredients

1 tbsp butter

1 tbsp flour

1 cup milk

3 oz Parmesan cheese, shredded

3 cup tomato juice, (preferably low-sodium)

6 oz tomato paste

Preparation

In a hot pot, start off by making a roux.  Melt butter and add in flour.  Whisk ingredients together and slowly add milk.  Continue to mix well.  Next add in the cheese until melted.  Add juice and combine-well.  Lastly add in the tomato paste and continue to mix thoroughly.

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