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Simple slow cooker tomato soup

Simple slow cooker tomato soup – CSMonitor.com:

Sure, opening a can is quick, but making this soup is as quick and easy as it gets. Maybe a few minutes more works, but the pay-off in taste is worth the minimal extra effort. No unpronounceable ingredients, no metallic aftertaste, no unnecessary added sodium. The slow cooker and some ready prepared ingredients make it a snap to have fresh, flavorful soup with ingredients you chose, seasoned the way you like…

Simple slow cooker tomato soup

Make sure your vegetables and tomatoes have no added ingredients.

Serves 6 – 8

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter

1 package frozen carrots, celery and onions (“mirepoix blend”), thawed and drained

2 teaspoons minced garlic (freshly minced or from a jar)

2 28-ounce cans crushed tomatoes

1 32-ounce box low-sodium chicken broth

5 sprigs fresh thyme

5 sprigs fresh oregano

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup heavy cream (optional)

1. Cut the butter into small pieces and place in the crock of a 7-quart slow cooker. Partially cover and leave for a few minutes to melt. Add the vegetables and garlic, stir to coat with the butter, cover the slow cooker and leave to soften, about 20 minutes.

2. Pour the tomatoes and broth into the slow cooker and stir to combine. Tie the sprigs of thyme and oregano together with kitchen twine to make a neat little bundle. It is OK if leaves come off, but you don’t want stems in your soup. Tuck the herb bundle into the soup, cover the slow cooker and cook for 5 to 6 hours on high, or 7 to 8 hours on low.

3. When ready to serve, fish out the herb bundle and discard. Use an immersion blender to purée the soup until smooth (you can also do it carefully in batches in a blender). Season with salt and pepper to taste. If you want a creamier soup, stir in the heavy cream and leave to warm through.

Variations:

Add 1 tablespoon curry powder to the vegetables, omit the herbs, and stir in 1/2 cup coconut milk instead of heavy cream.

Add a small can of chopped green chiles to the vegetables, omit the herbs

Stir in a can of rinsed and drained cannellini beans 20 minutes before the end of cooking time and warm through.

Stir in some cooked pasta or rice at the end of cooking until warmed through.

30 minutes before the cooking time ends, stir in some finely chopped spinach and cook until wilted and warmed through.

“Let’s Not Overthink This” – Tomato and mushroom sauce for pasta

Let’s Not Overthink This Tomato and Mushroom sauce for pasta – adapted from one of Marcella Hazan’s great tomato sauce recipes.

This is all that goes into the sauce: tomatoes, mushrooms, butter and olive oil (can omit butter to prepare vegan-style) and salt.

This is all that goes into the sauce: tomatoes, mushrooms, butter and olive oil (can omit butter to prepare vegan-style) and salt.

Five ingredients, and no spices except a pinch of salt. The objective here is to taste (and enjoy) tomatoes and mushrooms.

Ingredients:

1 28 oz can whole tomatoes
4 oz (by weight) white mushrooms, sliced thick
4 tablespoons fat – recommended, 2 tablespoons butter + 2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt

Melt butter into olive oil over low heat. Add sliced mushrooms and salt and cook uncovered over low-medium heat for about five minutes (you’re making mushroom-flavored oil, y’all.)

Crush up the canned tomatoes in your fingers as you drop them into the pot, and add the liquid from the can. Simmer low, uncovered, for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Whisk, sieve or stick-blend the sauce before serving.

The finished product. A meatless sauce (that can easily be vegan) that is hearty, earthy and satisfying.

The finished product. A meatless sauce (that can easily be vegan) that is hearty, earthy and satisfying.