All of us have memories that are attached to food. I remember my Mom baking chocolate chip bar cookies (we called them congo squares…where did that name come from anyways?) and my Gramma making buttermilk pancakes topped with homemade strawberry jam.
I also grew up knowing what 10 degrees with a wind chill felt like and there is nothing (NOTHING I SAY!) like a steaming hot bowl of tomato soup on a snowy day. This memory used to be attached to Campbell’s and Michigan, but now it has become attached to an AH-mazing cabin in Utah where I spent this past Christmas with family and friends.
Following a great day of skiing, my friend Erin cooked up “Nordstrom’s Café Roma Tomato Soup.” After the first spoonful, I knew I would be making my own version when we arrived back in California. The soup is not only approved by a finicky 7 year old, but it is also low-calorie and packed with nutrients.
So, thank you Erin for inspiring me to create my own homemade version of Tomato Veggie Soup!
Tomato Veggie Soup
- 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
- 6 large carrots, chopped
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3 large stalks celery, chopped
- 3 small or 2 large zucchini, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 tablespoon Dried Basil
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 large cans* (28-32oz) or cartons whole Roma Tomatoes
- 2 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
- 6 ounces light cream cheese
Directions: In a large pot, heat olive oil slightly over medium heat. Add all vegetables, basil, black pepper, salt; sauté for 10-12 minutes or until vegetables start to soften. Add tomatoes and broth; simmer for 30 -35 minutes or until carrots become very soft. Remove from heat and add cream cheese. Blend to a smooth, pureed texture in the pot with a hand blender (I use the Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender). Serve with a salad and enjoy!
*If you are able to find tomatoes in a carton versus a can (or use fresh tomatoes) this is considered a better option as cans (especially with acidic fruits and vegetables) have potential for high levels of BPA.