Thursday, February 4, 2010

Tomato Soup Success

Stress level on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the highest): 10.

Just so you know.

What was I thinking?

Anyway, after years of testing different tomato soup recipes, I have finally created the ultimate, perfect recipe. It is so good it makes me want to cry. And it only takes 15 minutes, with about 1 minute of prep work. Try it and weep.

Basil Tomato Soup

2 28 oz. cans crushed tomatoes
1 tablespoon chicken base
1/2 cup pesto
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons sugar
1 cube (1/2 cup) butter, chopped
1 12 oz. can evaporated milk

In a large stock pot, combine tomatoes, chicken base, pesto, salt and sugar. Bring to a boil and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Add butter and milk and heat through.

I buy my chicken base at Costco in the spices/pantry section and use it with water added as a substitute for chicken broth or stock all the time.

Great food storage item.

If you don't have it, you can substitute 3 boulion cubes, but don't add any salt (and sorry to say, but your soup won't be as good). I use homemade pesto that I freeze at the end of every summer in gargantuan batches. (Ask my kids about picking basil last fall. I think we had 3 laundry baskets full.)

photo from here


  1. Sorry you're so stressed! April 15th will come quickly. :)

    Does chicken base have MSG? I'd need to use something that doesn't have MSG because Corey can't eat it.

  2. Ive made tomato soup twice. Both times it was bleh. But I will try this recipe, I will. And when I weep, is it because the soup is good or b/c I am crying for your stress?

    10% done, right? Well, I guess after tomorrow. Sorry to get your hopes up.

  3. Hang in there! You're not alone! I've never made tomato soup, I've never had any that tasted good either. I would love to try yours, but I have no pesto on hand...When the snowstorm clears I'll go back to the store and get some.

    Its going to be ok!

  4. Thank you for the recipe and the heads up. It already looks so great. =) During those times I said I was available, I can COME GET your child(ren). Sometimes it doesn't even seem worth it to drive them somewhere and have to pick them up. Please tell me when.

  5. i'm so excited to have found your blog. this recipe looks amazing and i love that it is so simple.