Homemade Tomato Soup -Hearty Healthy and Protein Packed (Meatless Monday)

Homemade Tomato Soup recipe, hearty tomato soup, healthy, protein packed, with beans, creamy

Homemade Tomato Soup

Today’s recipe is for a hearty, healthy, protein packed Homemade Tomato Soup. Perfect for any time of the year, it’s particularly wonderful to have a steaming bowl of soup on a cold winter’s night. This meal in a bowl is ready in 35 minutes and is utterly delicious.  

I’ve been all out of kilter the past month; my sister was hospitalized twice, just before Thanksgiving and again right after Christmas. Then, there were the holidays packed in there; finally I was away for several days celebrating a late new year with a group of friends. My meticulously planned schedule wasn’t worth the paper it was never printed on. To top it all, we’ve been experiencing (like many of you, I know) one of the worst cold snaps in a loooong time with the descending of the Polar Vortex into much of the U.S.

I was in dire need of some comfort food! Nothing says comfort food to me as much as a steaming bowl of soup. And little will transport me back to the days of childhood like creamy tomato soup.

This particular tomato soup is filled with herb-y goodness, as well as being packed with the protein from a can of Great Northern beans and carrots. The soup is blended with an immersion blender (or in a regular blender) to create a creamy texture. Nobody will even know those beans and carrots are in there!

Of course, being winter, my fresh herbs from the garden are limited (even my poor perennials have suffered from the sustained freeze), but I always freeze basil preserved in olive oil to give me that fresh basil flavor in the winter. You can use the tubes of preserved basil that can be found in the produce sections of many markets, or you could add the same measurement of some jarred pesto. The fresher flavor is so worth it.

It takes a teensy bit longer than heating up a can of tomato soup, but I’m betting no can could beat this taste.

P~

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Homemade Tomato Soup -Hearty Healthy and Protein Packed (Meatless Monday)
 
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Homemade tomato soup, filled with herb-y goodness and packed with the protein from beans and carrots this soup is creamy, hearty, healthy and will warm your very soul.
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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 6 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • ½ cup peeled and minced carrot (about 1 large carrot)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
  • 1 -15-15 ounce can white beans, drained and rinsed (I used Great Northern)
  • 1 -28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1½ - 2 cups vegetable stock or water
  • 2 teaspoons basil preserved in olive oil (or you could add pesto)
  • ¼ teaspoon dry oregano leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Fresh ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a medium-sized saucepan, over medium heat, add the olive oil.
  2. Once the oil is hot, add the onion and the carrot and saute for about 10 minutes or until the carrots begin to soften (the smaller you cut them, the more quickly this will happen).
  3. Add the garlic and continue to saute for about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the beans, crushed tomatoes and stock (or water), basil, oregano and crushed red pepper flakes.
  5. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and using an immersion blender (or removing portions to a regular blender), blend until smooth.
  7. Add ground black pepper, to taste and serve in bowl.

 

About P ~ The Saucy Southerner

I started cooking when I was ten years old. For me, the process of cooking, from inception of a dish, to the execution, to the washing of the pots is sheer delight. I am now retired from a business I still own, in partnership with my husband. I used to work six days a week and still cook every night. Now, I'm gardening, still cooking, always having fun and hoping to share my joy with you. Thank you for reading...and commenting! P~
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16 Responses to Homemade Tomato Soup -Hearty Healthy and Protein Packed (Meatless Monday)

  1. I’m glad life’s getting back to normal for you. And I hope your sister gets better and over what’s been ailing her.

    This soup looks divine! I love the addition of beans and carrots. Perfect for making a tasty soup even more hearty and satisfying. 🙂

  2. What beats a fantastic, robust tomato soup recipe?

    (Answer: NOTHING!) Love this!

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  4. Angela says:

    I made this soup last night as a desperate attempt to make my picky 3-year old eat some vegetables and she absolutely loved it! I think this soup is going to become a regular in our weekly menu.

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  6. Erika says:

    I CANNOT explain how delicious this soup is and so easy to make!

    I roasted my tomatoes in the oven though.. try it and let me know!

  7. Kate says:

    I want to make this soup, but wonder if I can use fresh tomatoes instead of the canned? What do the others mean by roasting the tomatoes? Do,they mean fresh tomatoes?

  8. Deborah Tebo says:

    I was looking for a tomato soup recipe that was creamy with protein added. I am dieting and protein really helps to make the soup a soup that will stay with me. I tried your basic recipe before I read yours and ran into a real mess by adding veg protein powder. I cooked all the ingredients in a crock pot for 3 hours on high, added evaporated skim milk. Unfortunately it was a big fail! On top of the protein powder that tasted chalky I didn’t realize the tomato pak I had used contained eggplant and beets. The eggplant left a bitter strange taste on my tongue for and hour after. The whole crock pot of soup was dumped in the garbage! I never thought of white beans pureed though…great idea. I was wondering if the white beans would cause bloating from gas?

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