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Gluten-Free Tomato Soup


Sneaky Tomato Soup


A old school family favorite- tomato soup. Right? Here's an easy kid-friendly recipe. With a secret. When I was a little girl cabbage was a stinky word. Cabbage was something you wrinkled your nose at. The mere mention of the word conjured the smell of my grandmother's house- which was, in truth, an olfactory bouquet of Lucky Strikes, boiled eggs and kielbasa. Cabbage was only the top note. And how I hated it.

In those golden culinary days of the 1950's and '60's, the favored method of cooking cabbage was to boil it to death. Often, with potatoes. And apparently without opening the windows. Come to think of it- I don't ever remember seeing an open window in my grandmother's house. I have no images of curtains sailing upward in a gusty cool spring breeze. No sense memories of distant humming lawnmowers to distract from the television. No conjuring of fresh air. Was this lock-down by some unseen divine plan? Or maybe a generalized exercise in denial? Who knows?

All I knew was that the end result of the boiling-cabbage-to-death method was rather like eating swampy unidentified mush. Not exactly tantalizing for a texture and fragrance sensitive child. Why would anyone eat this? my tiny girl heart would question. Because it's good for you, was the inevitable answer.

Turns out, of course (and you knew this was coming), cabbage is, indeed, very good for you. Especially for those of us healing from the ravages of celiac disease. Cabbage, it turns out, heals the gut. So, what if your childhood included smelly bowls of boiled cabbage and you simply can't make yourself- or someone you love with all of your buoyant and hopeful heart- eat the damn stuff? Bubela. 

Have I got a soup for you.



Sneaky Tomato Soup Recipe

Just pass this off as tomato soup. Or vegetable soup, if you don't like to lie out right- technically, it is a vegetable soup. And though it tastes like kicked up Campbell's, it's way better for you. Because, you know, it's got that secret ingredient. The c-word. (Did you know cabbage helps heal a troubled gut?) Um um good.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 sweet onion, diced
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 small head green cabbage, cored, chopped
4 carrots, peeled, chopped
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
1 28-oz can Muir Glen Organic Crushed Tomatoes with Basil
2 14-oz cans Muir Glen Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles- use plain tomatoes for a milder taste
A quick splash of balsamic vinegar- or cider vinegar
A pinch of organic sugar or dab of organic raw agave
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 teaspoon smoked or sweet paprika
Fresh water, as needed

Instructions:

Heat a soup pot over medium high heat and pour in the olive oil. Add the onions and stir to cook. When the onions have softened, add the garlic, sweet potato, cabbage and carrots. Season with sea salt and ground pepper. Stir and cook for ten minutes or so to soften a bit.

Don't worry, your house won't smell cabbage-ish .

Add the the crushed and diced tomatoes; add vinegar, pinch of sugar, dried basil and paprika; stir to combine. Add enough fresh water, as needed, to cover the vegetables; stir. Cover the pot and bring to a simmer; lower heat and cook on a steady simmer until all the vegetables are tender. This could take anywhere from 35 to 45 minutes, or so, depending upon the size of your dice, the pot, your altitude, the weather, the mood you're in. Just keep an eye on it.

When the veggies are soft, remove the pot from heat and blend with an immersion blender. For those without this nifty power tool- puree the soup in small batches in a blender (covered very tightly!) or food processor, till smooth. If you like your soup silky smooth blend it longer; for more texture, blend it briefly, to your texture preference.

Taste test. Does it need a little salt? Another pinch of sugar? A splash of lemon juice to brighten it? Does it need more liquid? You can add water, or kick it up with my new favorite- Hemp Dream plain hemp milk (it has those yummy Omegas that are now de rigueur).

Heat through gently till serving. Serve piping hot in warmed bowls. 

Mucho tasty with my Gluten-Free Ryeless Rye Bread.

Serves 4 to 6.




Yes, this can be easily cooked all day in a slow cooker. Just remember to open a window. (Just kidding. Really. It smells yummy. No crinkled noses.)

This recipe is South Beach Diet friendly in phase allowing carrots; or omit.

Try my Roasted Tomato Soup Roasted Tomato Soup recipe here.



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