Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Spicy Tomato Soup


I once ate hot soup on a day with 90% humidity while we were sailing in the Caribbean. Scott shook his head, opened an ice cold beer and took a bite of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (of course). Yesterday when I made soup it was about 80º outside, but it's one of my favorite things so I eat it when I want. 

This soup recipe is simple and cheap. If the spiciness isn't your thing, you can easily omit some of the ingredients to suit your palate (or your family's). The other thing that's great about this soup is that it's high in potassium and vitamins A and C. Plus, making it yourself allows it to have far less sodium than the pre-packaged varieties, which are typically pretty high in that category. 

I used a VitaMix to make this recipe, but all you really need is something to liquify the ingredients below and then heat them. I got my VitaMix for Christmas a few years back and I think it's worth mentioning that I bought it (with my mom) online on Black Friday, so it was half-off. This might be something you want to keep in mind in case you're interested in giving or getting one for the holidays. I will say it's a great thing to have if you want to make large quantities of something, for cleansing and detoxing, and because it's easier for the body to digest blended raw foods. Plus, when making soup it heats it for you, which is awesome. 

Here's the recipe I created, along with the VitaMix instructions for blending it that can hopefully be adapted to other appliances if necessary.

serving size: 3-4 

Ingredients
3 beef steak tomatoes
2 cups of spicy tomato juice (or not spicy)
1 red bell pepper, seeded 
1 clove of garlic
1/4-1/2 jalapeño (depending on how spicy you like it)
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
a few sprinkles-1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (depending on how spicy you like it, again)
a pinch of sea salt

toppings:
green onions for garnish, chopped and set aside
Parmesan cheese

Instructions
Place all ingredients, except the toppings, into the VitaMix container. Secure lid. Select variable speed #1. Turn on VitaMix and quickly increase the speed to #10; then flip switch to high. Run for four-six minutes until smooth and steamy. Sprinkle green onions and cheese on top and serve immediately. 

17 comments:

  1. It's a chilly morning over here in Connecticut, so I may be making this for dinner tonight - sounds warm and cozy!

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    1. mmm...that sounds so nice. I think it would taste even better if it was actually cold outside!

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  2. This sounds delicious!!! Thanks for the black friday tip. My father-in-law has been wanting a Vitamix for ages, maybe, just maybe if I can find one for a steal, he'll get one!

    PS I love soup anytime too. My hubby, not so much.

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    1. yeah, it would be awesome to get it on sale. I'll have to look into it as Black Friday approaches and maybe I can give an update if the VitaMix is in fact going to be on sale.

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  3. That sounds really good. Do you think it would be good cold too, like Gazpacho?

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    1. maybe! actually, probably. cold soup kinda weirds me out, but if you're expecting it to be cold it would probably taste fine :)

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  4. I'm so cold right now that this sounds heavenly. And it looks delicious!

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    1. I have to say I'm a little jealous. It's cold at night here, but it's so hot right now.

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  5. A Vitamix is on my Christmas wish list or perhaps I could gift it to Brian? Then it would be a gift for both of us! :-)

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    1. give and get at the same time? not a bad idea ;)

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  6. Eighty degrees, oh my. It was barely sixty here today. I had roasted red pepper soup for lunch and black bean chilli for tea to warm myself up. The spicy tomato soup looks delicious, I love that it is blended and heated but not cooked. I'm sure it must be full of vitamins. We have a spicy tomato juice here called Big Tom which I love and which would be perfect in this recipe. Mmm, now you have reminded me of it, I am craving some.

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    1. Now I want to make both the soups you mentioned!

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  7. annnddd pinned! This looks too good not to make!

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  8. This is so timely one because my ordinary blender is on the fritz (it only goes on pulse mode) and two because my little-not-so-little asked how to make homemade tomato soup- her favorite. Well, now I know...and yes, a Vitamix is going directly on my Christmas wishlist.

    Thanks for sharing this *smiles*

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    1. You will probably never look back once you own one! They are awesome!

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  9. This looks delicious! LOVE tomato soup!

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