My husband likes Progresso Hearty Tomato soup, but hates the regular Campbell's so I decided to try to make something similar at home. This recipe was a great starting point, but I did add some dried Italian seasoning, a little minced garlic, a touch of crushed red pepper and some cumin during the simmering phase. Also, I fell asleep so the simmering phase lasted way more than 20 minutes, but there was no harm done.
I ran the entire double batch of the soup through the blender, but then it looked a lot like the Campbells, so I added a large can of diced tomatoes for texture. Next time I will reserve some of the chunky tomatoes to add back to the blended soup.
Our grocer bags up several pounds of the riper/bruised tomatoes and sells them for $.50 per bag to get rid of them quickly, and these were the ideal tomatoes for this soup. I used about 10 - 12 cups of chopped tomatoes (which cost me $1) and doubled the rest of the ingredients. I froze half.
I have to say, my husband was thrilled by this soup. This soup, along with a green salad, made for a satisfying and healthy dinner.
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My husband likes Progresso Hearty Tomato soup, but hates the regular Campbell's so I decided...