Google+ Allergy-Free Vintage Cookery: Cozy Tomato Soup


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Cozy Tomato Soup

Those of us of a certain age remember fondly those many winter days we spent slurping Campbell's tomato soup sprinkled with salty Goldfish crackers (or Saltines!).  It was with that cozy feeling in mind that I set out to create a new, healthier version of tomato soup.  I added carrots for some sweetness, some garlic for depth, and threw in some farro for texture and to add some protein (kind of a grown-up tomato and rice).  We just discovered that white rice bread, when toasted, tastes pretty yummy (this after several young boys spit out their untoasted rice bread).  (These are our "crackers.")

For this version, I used what I found in my kitchen -- a few fresh tomatoes, and the last of my carrots.  To save a little time, you might want to use organic baby carrots, and combine diced and pureed tomatoes from a can.  With our mold allergy, we're prohibited from using canned tomatoes (I know, random, huh?) but I'm sure this would taste very similar with them.  I would also recommend investing in an immersion blender, as it makes pureeing soups so much easier.  This is a very thick soup; if you prefer a thinner one, add more broth, less farro, or a bit of rice milk.  Tastes good warm or cold!

Cozy Tomato Soup

2 cups vegetable broth
3 medium carrots, sliced thick
5 garlic heads, peeled
4 fresh tomatoes, diced
2 cups crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup farro
salt and pepper to taste

In a large stock pot, combine broth, carrots and garlic and boil/simmer for 10 minutes.  Add the two types of tomatoes, salt & pepper and simmer 10 more minutes.  Take off the heat and puree to desired consistency.  Return to heat and add farro.  Simmer about 10-15 minutes, or until grain is al dente.  Serve warm with toasted white rice bread, or cold the next day (the farro stays nice and firm -- tastes delicious!)

Shared with Farmhouse Friday at LaurieAnna's Vintage Home and Whatcha Got Weekend at Lolly Jane Boutique and Simple Lives Thursday at A Little Bit of Spain in Iowa (click here), and The Nourishing Gourmet's Pennywise Platter Thursday (click here) and Just Another Meatless Monday" by Hey What's For Dinner Mom? (click here) and Stay at Home Babe's Good and Tasty Tuesday and All The Small Stuff's Tuesdays at the Table and Homemaker Monday at 11th Heaven's Homemaking Haven and Meatless Monday at Midnight Maniac and My Meatless Monday at My Sweet and Savory and Fat Tuesday at Real Food Forager and Wellness Weekend at Diet Dessert and Dogs.


  1. Thank you so much for sharing this. I can't wait until it cools off and I can start cranking out the soups. God I miss Saltines. Can you believe they don't have saltines in England?!

  2. I have to tell you, my husband actually likes this soup better cold than warm! He's been eating it like a salad... :)