After ordering groceries on Sunday, and not knowing what would come in my box of produce, I was so excited to see some super fresh tomatoes inside the box. I’ve had some tomatoes this summer, but none as delicious as these. They were perfectly ripe, sweet, and exactly what I wanted on my grilled cheese I had planned.
So Monday night, we sliced up some tomatoes for our sandwiches, and I whipped up a side of tomato soup. However, wanting to ration my tomatoes for salads and tacos, I grabbed a few cans of Red Gold tomatoes, which the company had kindly sent me a few weeks ago. While I wasn’t sure they would live up to the fresh tomatoes from Relay Foods, I had a good experience with them before, and I thought they’d be perfect for tomato soup.
I grabbed one can of plain diced tomatoes, and one can of tomatoes seasoned with oregano and basil, and set to work. I actually wasn’t planning on adding in the Parmesan, but when I saw it sitting in the fridge, I thought it would add a nice flavor, and I loved how this turned out.
- Parmesan Tomato Soup
- 2 cans of diced tomatoes (Red Gold are awesome!)
- 3 cups vegetable (or chicken) broth
- ½ medium white onion, diced
- ¼ tsp crushed red pepper
- sprinkle of garlic salt
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Combine everything except the Parmesan cheese into a large pot and bring to a boil.
- Turn the heat down a bit and let it simmer for about 15 minutes.
- Transfer into a blender or food processor and puree until it's thick, but not chunky.
- Add in the grated Parmesan cheese, and let it cook on low for about 10 minutes.
- Serve with grilled cheese for maximum deliciousness.
This makes a pretty incredible lunch, especially with a grilled cheese!
We had ours with a smoked gouda grilled cheese and it was perfect!
It was a little rainy and dreary in Richmond on Monday so this combo totally hit the spot. (And hey, it just so happened to be on the meal plan!) While the tomatoes for the soup weren’t technically fresh from the garden, they really did make delicious soup. I’ll be keeping these on hand, especially when tomatoes are out of season. It’s always nice to have options.
We’ve got a fairly busy weekend planned, but I’m hoping to squeeze in a trip to the Farmer’s Market to stock up on some more amazingly fresh veggies.