September 10

Cooking Class: Classic Tomato Soup

Recipes, Soup/Stew


Classic tomato soup is comfort food at its best! Instead of those high sodium, preservative laden canned varieties, make your own with just a few simple ingredients! Add herbs or pesto to make a Tomato-Basil variety or some cream to make a creamy version. You can even throw in some cooked rice for Tomato-Rice variation.

Although you can make this soup anytime during the year with high-quality canned tomatoes, it is especially delicious and nutritious using fresh in-season fruit.  Add in some end of summer pesto, and you have an extra special treat!  (Note: Don't limit yourself to basil pesto!  Any herb or hearty green (think kale or even arugula!) can be used! Also, BTW, you don't need a fancy pesto recipe.  Just grind up the herbs/greens with garlic (if desired) in a food processor or blender.  Add enough oil until you have a thick paste (like peanut butter)!  It is that simple!!)

The recipe calls for peeled tomatoes, but you can actually use the skin and get even more nutrients!  The key is to PUREE the chopped tomatoes in a high-speed blender BEFORE you add to the soup.  When the skins are raw they will blend up smooth and you will not even know they are there!  If you start with just chopped fresh tomatoes and skins, the skin will shrivel leaving large skin pieces that will not puree leading to a less than smooth soup.  If you puree the tomatoes before cooking, you do not have to puree again at the end unless you want to smooth out the onions and garlic.

Mrs. Dornberg

About the author

Cheryl Dornberg, NBC-HWC, is a national board-certified health & wellness coach and culinary nutrition expert who is passionate about using the power of food to achieve optimal health and increase longevity. She specializes in motivating and empowering individuals to create sustainable & consistent dietary and lifestyle habits that support the management and prevention of chronic health conditions, increase longevity, and improve overall quality of life.


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    1. Glad it was useful, Carol! These are the things that I love to share because most cooks tend to get stuck in doing things the same way or think everything is black or white. The truth is there is a huge gray area that depends on what you are wanting to accomplish! The key is to always be curious about the why! — Cheryl

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