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!
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.
The house smelled fantastic!
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!
Stirred in a couple cups of tomato juice. Now the color is not that pretty so hmm . . . needs more tomato flavor . . .
I added a whole 6 oz can of tomato paste!
Now that looks better and it tasted AMAZING! Seriously, this soup tasted like a yummy grilled cheese melted a pool of tomato heaven!
So, how simple was that? I KNOW (that was my impression of Monica from Friends, I kinda like her )!!!
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!
- 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!
Look ONLY SIX INGREDIENTS! Woohoo!
Tomato Parmesan Soup
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
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.