I became a bit addicted to tomato bisque over the winter. I bought a quart once a week from the soup market by my house. For a quart of soup with bread, I spent $14. “This is outrageous!” I thought. “I know I can make a soup that’s delicious and cheaper than this!!
After several attempts, this is what I wound up with. It’s crazy cheap to make and very simple too. I make a big batch but it is easy to cut this recipe in half.
Dice or press 2 cloves of garlic. Add ’em in. and stir.
Transfer the veggies from a frying pan to a soup pot.
Add two large cans of diced tomatoes.
(you can choose seasoned tomatoes, you can add a can of tomato paste… play with it!)
Add some vegetable stock
(mine is homemade. It costs nothing to make and I will post the recipe soon)
Time for spices. Mix it up. I always use basil, oregano, and crushed red pepper. I find that adding heat takes away the need for sugar in this recipe. You can also add hot sauce, rosemary, thyme. Put in things you like.
I let this cook for a while- maybe 15 minutes from the time I add the broth until the time I blend it. If it’s too thick, I add more broth. If not, I’m ready to blend. Immersion blenders are the soup-maker’s best friend. Buy one with a fun handle if you don’t have one yet.