My husband thinks soup is a waste of time.
Poor, misguided soul that he is…I still love him. Even thought it means I don’t eat soup as often as I’d like.
But today, with somewhere between 7-10 inches of heavy, wet snow in the forecast…well, I wanted some hot, comforting, soul-soothing soup for lunch. With a grilled cheese sandwich.
What else could I do but throw together this Creamy Fire Roasted Tomato Soup and pair it with my favorite onion & curry seasoned Coconut Flour Flatbread? It took me back to my childhood…but with a bit of gourmet flair.
I have very fond memories of a very famous red-and-white labeled can of tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches as a kid in the 70s and 80s.
But, what I had today was warm, creamy tomato-ness with the deep flavors of fire roasted tomatoes. Gooey grilled cheese made with cheddar, on a flavorful low carb bread. This soup and sandwich combo is modern and nostalgic the same time.
Modernstalgic. You heard it here first folks.
“Fire roasted tomato soup” is not code for “burnt tomato soup.”
I’d found some cans of organic, fire roasted tomatoes at my local Aldi store for just twenty-five cents, so I grabbed a couple. I love a chunky soup as well as a smooth and creamy one, so it would be good either way. Today however, nostalgia demanded smooth and creamy.
Ideally, I would have canned my own fire roasted tomatoes last summer. Realistically, I buy them.
Fire-roasting tomatoes gives them a depth of flavor lacking in regular tomatoes, plus just the slightest smoky hint. Once you try them, you’ll never want regular old tomatoes again.
In the absence of my own home canned produce, at least these were organic. I do the best I can with what I have, which is still better than a can of commercially prepared soup. Those soups often have far more sodium than necessary as well as other undesirable ingredients, so making your own when you are able is always better, even if you don’t have organic ingredients.
This delicious soup was ready and served steaming hot in just a few minutes.
You can let it simmer as long as you like of course, but just a few minutes is really all that’s needed once you get everything in the pot. Which takes all of like two minutes maybe. I added gelatin for a little extra protein and to give it a creamier texture, since I didn’t have any heavy whipping cream on hand and didn’t want to add too many extra carbs by using a lot of half and half. It would be delicious with some basil added too, but the kids didn’t want basil.
Trim Healthy Mamas, this can be eaten in any setting.
Here’s the numbers, per a one cup serving:
- fat – 5.4 g (leave out the butter for an E or Fuel Pull setting if that .4g carb is a deal breaker for you)
- net carbs – 4.6 g
- protein – 2.1 g
- fiber – 1.4 g (already figured into net carbs)
My grilled cheese on coconut flour flatbread meant my lunch today was an S.
For an E meal, I could leave out the butter and half and half and have a sandwich on plan-approved sprouted bread with lean meat, fresh spinach, mustard and a bit of light mayo (5 g fat or less per serving).
For a Fuel Pull, Wonder Wraps (pg 274 in the original plan book or pg 204 in the new cookbook) with very lean meat, veggies and mustard would make a great side. The soup itself contains your limit for added fat and carbs made as is. You could also make the soup E style and have more wiggle room for your fats to add a bit of light mayo or cheese to your Wonder Wraps.
With any of these styles, a big dark, leafy green salad with the appropriate on-plan dressing would also be a great addition. I often use fresh lemon juice or raw ACV as dressing for my E and FP salads. And lately, the pickling liquid from my Easy Pickled Onions recipe is my favorite salad dressing!
Let’s make some creamy, fire roasted tomato soup!
- 1 - 14.5 oz can fire roasted tomatoes
- ½ c fat free chicken broth
- ½ c unsweetened cashew or almond milk
- 1 Tbs heavy whipping cream or half and half (optional)
- 1 Tbs butter or coconut oil (for S style only)
- 1 Tbs beef gelatin PLUS ¼ c water or broth
- ¼ tsp THM Mineral Salt (or more to taste)
- ¼ tsp paprika
- 14 tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp balsamic vinegar
- Pinch or two of THM Gentle Sweet or preferred sweetener, if desired
- "Bloom" gelatin by adding to ¼ c water or broth and let sit while preparing ingredients
- Puree tomatoes in blender and add to a small pot
- Add remaining ingredients, stir well, heating over medium heat
- When soup is hot, add gelatin and stir well
- Taste and adjust flavors as desired
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